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by Commentary via Mark Katz
Saturday, Jan. 25, 2003 at 3:48 PM
A educated American pro-life activist was surprised to disbelief when I told him that the Israeli death losses run about one-fourth the number or Palestinians killed by Israelis. He thought the statistics were reversed
The US Press And The
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Witnesses watched as more than 60 Palestinian shops were bulldozed to the ground this week in one West Bank village, while the owners stood by and watch helplessly. But not one American in ten saw or heard about this in the US press. A educated American pro-life activist was surprised to disbelief when I told him that the Israeli death losses run about one-fourth the number or Palestinians killed by Israelis. He thought the statistics were reversed, having never heard or seen a count in the US press, he has been brain scrubbed. Misinformation by the US press is not excusable in the Internet age. So Israel has provided an Orwellian propaganda filter called the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs (IMFA) that makes it all possible. It provides the convenient excuse the US press needs to look the other way and print abridged stories, keeping most of us ignorant. The propaganda arm of the Israeli military has once again been caught purposefully lying about the death count among its forces. We believe their purpose in doing this is to condition Americans into accepting Israel's use of American-made weapons of mass destruction against the vulnerable civilian population in Gaza and the West Bank. Israel's willing facilitator is the US Media, which spreads their distorted stories in the USA. This same pattern of misrepresentation is repeated again and again, proving how important and routine propaganda is to Israel. On December 5th, the IMFA released an account of two suspected sacrifice bombers (wrongly called suicide bombers*) who allegedly killed 22 persons and wounded more than 100. But the press release failed to mention that there were also Israeli military casualties in the raid. Furthermore, their account omitted the fact that a female army sergeant was among the killed. The omission is significant. It fits perfectly into the predictable pattern of how the IMFA deceives Americans almost daily. This practice repeatedly uses almost every report of Israeli deaths to distort the facts of their conflict with the Palestinians. We will now teach you how to read between the lies and know when the story is distorted.
THE PATTERN OF DECEPTION
On November 19, 2002, the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs (IMFA) re-manufactured a similar story about a Palestinian sacrifice raid on a military target. Twelve Israeli soldiers and paramilitary fighting men were killed and there was no collateral damage (civilians dead). The propagandists changed the "facts" to call the raid a "Massacre of innocent (Israeli) civilians," as the story was carried in the US press. It is a total and complete bald-faced lie which We Hold These Truths alone corrected it in our article: U. S. Media, Caught Lying... Again http://www.whtt.org/articles/021224.htm
This writer put the facts together from the Israeli military's own documents one month after the event was misreported. Do you, dear reader, know how to recognize such lies for yourself so you don't have to wait for us to unravel it for you? To do this one must first understand the quaint language of the IMFA. We call these lies "z-facts" (short for Zionist facts) meaning lies that are couched in official, narrative sounding language but are indeed untrue. Here is how the Hebron report was distorted by z- facts, which the Media reported as rear facts. The first release from the IMFA read:
"THE TERROR ATTACK IN HEBRON CLAIMED 12 LIVES." and "PALESTINIAN GUNMEN" had opened fire on "JEWISH WORSHIPPERS WALKING HOME FROM RELIGIOUS SERVICES,"
Z-facts differ from bald-faced lies because they do not state outright all the killed or wounded are civilians, but it is clearly implied. (In those rare cases where everyone killed are indeed civilian, the IMFA says so and saves its lies for a later day.) The truth is told only if it suits the teller. By calling an attack on an armed military unit a "terror attack" on "Jewish worshipers" and "claiming 12 lives," the z-facts leave the a clear impression that those killed were civilians. Any honest account would have called it "an attack on Israeli military unit by Palestinian guerillas" etc. In our previous article we explained the procedure as follows: "The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs is a propaganda arm of the Israeli Defense Force (IDF). --They are the first to know who is killed. But they cause the story to be circulated that all killed were civilians because it serves their purpose. Then, once the misinformation has reached the American public, the corrected story is allowed to surface in Israel, though the false images are never corrected in the eyes of the American public." http://www.whtt.org/articles/021224.htm (please forgive us for quoting ourselves, but we are the best source)
In January 5th story Israel did it again. This time every one of our readers should have detected the lie without being told. The press in both countries used the same predictable, deceptive language. Each stated "22 Israelis" had been killed and many more wounded. Had all those killed or wounded had been non-military the report would most likely have called them "civilians." The generic term "Israelis" suggest to us that the IMFA is hiding something, not wanting to identify who was really killed. They were.
Later the same day, a sad corrected story was carried with the names of those killed. The IMFA stated that all of the victims had been identified and included Staff Sgt. Mazal Orkobi of Azor. Ha'aretz subsequently revealed in an obituary that Sgt. Orkobi was a 20 year- old female who was on her first day of active duty with the Israeli Defense Forces. But this part of the story never reached the USA. Nor can we find a disclosure as to how many of the 120 wounded were military. As usual, the IMFA did not disclose those who were in the active reserves but not on duty at the time of death.
We are saddened for this poor girl in the prime of her life, just as we are every bit as sorry for the families of the two sacrifice bombers, about the same age. No doubt the bomber's families have already seen their homes bulldozed to the ground. Miss Orkobi was conscripted by her country, the sacrifice bombers were volunteer warriors. She was a victim of her own government and of ours, who probably hung a rifle on her shoulder based on what I saw in Israel. Her death means that the 21 civilians killed were collateral damage, as were the 15 Gaza civilians killed in a missile raid where a 1000 pound American-made guided bomb was targeted on one suspected Palestinian. Like Miss Orkobi, that man was never tried and convicted of being involved in terrorism. The sacrifice bombers are dead. No one can know who or what they targeted. It may have been military persons in the crowd, the crowd itself, or the time and place may have been an accident. But because military were killed and possibly wounded, no one can conclude they targeted civilians. In all but a few sacrifice bombings military are killed or wounded. The IMFA had two reasons for keeping Sergeant Orkobi's name out of the print. They can garner sympathy for their air raids if the American public believes the sacrifice bombers are targeting civilians only. Israel kills Palestinian civilians by the dozens and do not even bother to apologize.
The second reason Israel keeps Sergeant Orkobi's name out of American's minds is that most do not know that Israeli's draft their girls and puts them in harms way. If American Christians knew about the mistreatment of Israeli women, including the use of Military-paid abortion as a birth control method, many would wonder about their unquestioned support of the Israeli war machine.
Christian Israeli Patriots such as Pat Robertson, Franklin Graham and Jerry Falwell, who Ariel Sharon calls the Christian Zionists, might be embarrassed to explain their undying devotion to a regime which drafts women into combat, marches them hip to hip with men, and provides free abortions for the resulting problems. Some might wake up and actually wonder if boys and girls are conditioned to kill and torture Palestinian including children. Israel and a complicit US Media solve these twin problems by doctoring press releases with false statements that omit the loss of military personnel in guerilla raids. Female names are never associated with the military even though they make up about 1/3 of the total draftees.
* ("Suicide bomber:" Suicide is the act of taking ones one life for the purpose of ending it. Sacrifice bombers have never been shown to have a desire to stop living; their motive is to find and destroy enemy personal regardless of the cost. Thus the term "sacrifice bombers" is more accurate in describing them. The former is an Israeli propaganda label. )
REFERENCES LITERATURE FROM WHTT: Israel's policy of abusing its own women is detailed in two previous articles by this author. "THE EMBARRASSING ABUSE OF WOMEN IN ISRAEL'S WAR AGAINST MEN" Charles E Carlson (http://www.whtt.org/articles/020607.htm ) and "ISRAEL'S SLAUGHTER OF ISRAELIS ABORTION AND A DOUBLE-MINDED PEOPLE" By Se·n D. Mac an Airchinnigh (http://www.whtt.org/rpr/021104.htm)
FROM OUR BOOKSTORE: http://www.whtt.org/bookstor.htm For the truth about the Occupied Territories: THE PEOPLE AND THE LAND, by award-winning photographer Tom Hayes. Perhaps the most important documentary ever made about Israel and Palestine. The Public Broadcasting Corporation paid for this film, then refused to air it. An unforgettable documentation of bravery which exposes the brutality and repression by the Israeli military. Filmed in Gaza, The West Bank, and Haifa at great risk to the film crew and Palestinian civilians. A film for those who are seeking the truth about the war of rocks against rifles, bombs vs. tanks. Show this to your church or Bible Study. One hour, professional quality. T-101 .00 (http://www.whtt.org/bookstor.htm)
Read SPECIAL REPORT: SHERRY'S WAR, the anatomy of grassroots Christian heresy. This Report is based on correspondence with Christian laymen about their beliefs and what they consider a mandate to support the State of Israel, regardless of the harm it does, including genocide. Sherry is a mother, concerned for her fellow humans, and a model church-attendee, but Sherry is also a warrior. She knows what Jesus said about loving one's neighbors and even enemies. But her correspondence reveals she can not bring herself to love the Palestinians. Sherry's cult of Christianity causes her to believe that there is a "militant Islamic agenda" to eliminate both Christians and "God's chosen people." Sherry supports Israel's actions without question, because she believes it is scriptural and prophetic. Sherry could be the lady (or man) sitting next to us every Sunday in church, perhaps sharing your breakfast table, and often at the pulpit of your church. This article examines the flawed logic and biblical misinformation that transform this soccer mom into an instrument for war and death. A 20-page Pamphlet "October, 2001 report" .00. Volume Discounts
SPECIAL REPORT: THE SOURCE OF OUR WAR PROBLEM: WHY JUDEO-CHRISTIANS DO NOT DEMAND PEACE, A How a convicted serial forger was used to falsify and corrupt the Christian Bible. The role of the Oxford University Press owned Scofield Reference Bible in controlling Christian thought, effectively creating Christian Zionism from the ranks of emerging evangelicalism, and how it was transformed into radical anti-Islamic bias. Special attention is given to the role of the Southern Baptist Convention and of prominent televangelists. This report may be the first to compare the several successive editions of the Scofield Reference Bible since 1908, and to demonstrate a pernicious pro-Israel political bias inserted between the lines of the respected King James Edition. It makes a strong case for laying the responsibility for the Mideast wars upon the leadership of American churches. A must for Pastors and leaders. Audio Tape and hard copy.
Book: One Nation Under Israel - by Andrew Hurley. Former United States Senator J. William Fulbright, Chairman of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee, stated repeatedly in 1973, "Israel controls the (U.S.) Senate". Fulbright soon became a "former Senator". Chapter 10 has a character study of terrorist now President, Ariel Sharon. President George H.W. Bush admitted in a media interview in 1991 that he had been virtually blackmailed to grant a billion dollar loan guaranty to the State of Israel, compliments of the American taxpayers. He described his contact as an agent of "AIPAC... a very a very strong Jewish lobby", ... Mr. Bush later approved the loan without objection from Congress. 345 page soft cover .50.
Audiotape: ISRAEL'S SETTLEMENTS IN THE WEST BANK - by Cesar Aharon with C. E. Carlson, explains how the present violence was caused by the creation of the Israelis by forcing armed squatters to hold Arab territory. .00
Audiotape: SHIREEN FROM GAZA - C. E. Carlson's taped interview of this young Muslim English Student in Gaza City, who tells of the lives and hope of the Palestinian family caught up in a war they do not want, and are powerless to stop. Mr. Carlson provides an account of his visit to Gaza, where the five were in March, 2002, focusing on the family and the so called "suicide bombers." This vital question is asked and answered: do Muslim parents train children for war and body bomb raids as the American and Israeli press claim?
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