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July 27, 2005

Al Dura Canard Recycled by Independent

Although the source of the gunfire which killed Mohammad Al Dura in the early days of the Palestinian uprising is very much disputed, and though many independent investigators have concluded it would be impossible for the bullets to have come from the Israeli army position, the Independent (U.K.) apparently has no problem reporting the Palestinian claim that Israeli troops killed the boy as fact.

Reporter Shiv Malik wrote on July 24:

[Leeds Metropolitan University student Abdul is] angry at the Government's foreign policy. 'When Mohammed al-Dura got shot, that was a real wake-up call,' he says. Al-Dura was the 12-year-old Palestinian boy killed by Israeli soldiers as he cowered in the arms of his father.

The Independent is likely reinforcing anti-Israeli hatred by reinforcing the Dura misconception; but it could be worse.

We could be talking about the Guardian, which until recently knowingly employed a member of the anti-Semitic Hizb ut Tahrir as a trainee journalist. See more on Melanie Phillips's Diary.

Posted by GI at July 27, 2005 03:59 PM

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'Guardian' trainee may sue over sacking
By Andrew Johnson
Published: 24 July 2005
A trainee journalist at The Guardian newspaper is considering legal action after being sacked for refusing to give up membership of a radical Muslim organisation, first revealed in The Independent on Sunday.

Dilpazier Aslam, 27, was sacked on Friday after refusing to give up membership of Hizb ut-Tahrir. The organisation is banned in Germany and elsewhere. Although Hizb ut-Tahrir is non-violent and legal in this country, The Guardian said it considered the organisation to be anti-Semitic.

Posted by: Diana at July 28, 2005 06:56 AM

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