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November 20, 2005

Ha'aretz: Israelis Did--No, Didn't--No Did Evacuate Early

Israeli Husam Fathi Mahajna, killed in the Amman hotel bombings, was not evacuated before the attack

Ha'aretz is holding by its nonsensical claim that West Bank roads prohibited for Palestinians are "Jewish only," as if Israel's 20 percent non-Jewish minority is not even worthy of consideration.

Just as absurd is this series of articles having to do with the Radisson Hotel bombing in Amman:

1) First, on Thursday, Nov. 10, Ha'aretz's Yoav Stern and Zohar Blumenkrantz, report:

A number of Israelis staying yesterday at the Radisson SAS were evacuated before the bombing by Jordanian security forces, apparently due to a specific security alert. They were escorted back to Israel by security personnel.

2)Then, some 14 hours later, this is in from Stern:

There is no truth to reports that Israelis staying at the Radisson SAS hotel in Amman on Wednesday were evacuated by Jordanian security forces before the bombing that took place there.

The Israelis were escorted back to Israel by Jordanian security personnel only after the attacks had taken place, contrary to earlier reports.

Odd that Stern didn't mention that those unidentified "reports" actually originated with Ha'aretz, and were his very own. But, matters get even more bizarre with this final story:

3) A mere five hours after Stern has definitely clarified that there was "no truth to report of Israeli evacuations before Amman bombs," he and Blumenkrantz write:

Hours before the bombings, many Israelis were evacuated from the Radisson SAS, one of the hotels hit in the attacks, apparently due to a specific security alert.

(On the Ha'aretz website the word "evacuated" in this story is inexplicably linked back to story 2 stating there was no pre-bombing evacuation.) Questions? Confusion? Conspiracy theories, anyone? Write to Yoav Stern at [email protected].

Corrections? Write publisher Amos Schocken at [email protected].

(Hat tip: A. Bell)

Posted by TS at November 20, 2005 03:18 AM


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