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January 11, 2009

Lying for the Camera

A Ynet journalist embedded with the IDF in Gaza provided this interesting tidbit on a family hunkering down in their Gaza home:

We come across a local family in one of the buildings. Grandparents, a few young parents, some children and a few toddlers. Sitting on a rug, their legs are covered in blankets and two soldiers are standing guard nearby. "What about them?" I ask. "They're free to go if they want to, but they don't want to," said Eilon Perry, Givati's operations officer. "They informed us they would be staying in the house and we have no choice but to accept that."

The family suddenly notices the cameras, and immediately, the expression on their faces changes. "We have no food," they say in Arabic, as one of the youngsters suggests we interview him in English about their plight. Givati troops are extremely concerned about being portrayed as abusing innocent civilians. Perry points to a stack of canned goods, water bottles and other provisions. "We provided some of that and they cook and eat quite well," he said. The Palestinians seem to understand him and one of them smiles. It's a war – they had to try.

Posted by TS at January 11, 2009 05:27 AM


When Western news agencies present the testimony of Palestinians without checking things out, they end up serving the interests of groups like Hamas.

It is really disconcerting and demoralizing to see that most news outlets (such as CNN) fall for this stuff.

Posted by: A reader at January 11, 2009 11:25 AM

Its really disheartening to read these news-items. Because with this I keep realising everyone knows; I'm not alone. But I know that also means people ignore these facts on purpose.
How much does the political left have to lie, just to justify their ideology to themselves?

Posted by: Ron at January 11, 2009 01:46 PM

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