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November 25, 2012

Ha'aretz's Pfeffer Repeats Lie Blaming Israel for Boy's Death

In a column ironically about "[c]hildren get[ting] used by politicians all the time" ("Turning a child's tears into war propaganda"), Ha'aretz's Anshel Pfeffer repeats the falsehood that an Israeli air strike killed 4-year-old Mahmoud Sadallah - even though this falsehood has been debunked and corrected for a week now. Pfeffer writes:

. . . . Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Kandil, during his visit on Friday to Gaza, posed for a joint photograph with Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, holding together the body of a dead baby boy killed in an Israeli air strike.

For the benefit of those who missed it, Pfeffer among them, here is Reuters' correction from a whole week ago, making clear that an Israeli air strike did not kill this boy:

reuters refile Shadallah.jpg

Friday (Nov. 22), the same day that Pfeffer falsely blamed Israel for Sadallah's death, Ha'aretz sent the following appeal to subscribers:

Haaretz day after.jpg

If Pfeffer's piece is representative of Ha'aretz "best analyses," it's no wonder management finds itself among the media outlets with financial difficulties.

Stay tuned for news of a Ha'aretz correction.

Posted by TS at November 25, 2012 03:27 AM


Haaretz cant even criticize Hamas for murdering Gazans who criticize Hamas.
Hamas victim dragged through the streets of Gaza City Tuesday by motorcycle was no collaborator, widow says.
It was a sight that shocked the world — the corpse of Ribhi Badawi being dragged through the streets of Gaza City Tuesday by a motorcycle as Hamas gunmen fired into the air.
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Matthew Kalman
NOVEMBER 26, 2012

Palestinian gunmen ride a motorcycle as they drag the body of a man, who was suspected of working for Israel, in Gaza City.

It was a sight that shocked the world — the corpse of Ribhi Badawi being dragged through the streets of Gaza City Tuesday by a motorcycle as Hamas gunmen fired into the air.
His crime? Collaborating with Israel to pinpoint Hamas targets.

But the charge wasn’t true, the militant’s grieving widow told The News.
Actually, Badawi, 37, had spent the last four years in a Hamas prison under armed guard. He was tortured for seven months into confessing that he was working for Israel.

“They burned (him) and broke his jaw and teeth,? said his widow, Kholoud Badawi. “He was hanged for 45 days by his arms and legs to make him confess. He confessed because of the torture.
“He told me every detail of what had happened to him and he gave me a diary he was writing,? she added.

Ribhi Badawi was no innocent, having belonged to the Jaljalat Brigades, an Islamic group that wanted the Palestinians ruled by strict religious law.
But he was sentenced to death in a show trial. His family appealed and asked that the sentence be reduced to 10 years in prison, and the court was due to rule the day he was executed.

“We hoped they would accept our appeal because they had no evidence — just his supposed confession,? she said.

As Kholoud and her five young children accepted the condolences of neighbors and friends in their tiny home in the poverty-stricken Sheikh Radwan neighborhood of Gaza City, friends and neighbors said Badawi was a kind, helpful man who made a living as a herbalist.

They said he once broke down a wall to save an elderly, disabled neighbor whose house was hit in an Israeli airstrike.
Badawi’s father, Ahmed, said his son hated the Israelis more than Hamas.
“My son could never have been an informer,? he said. “They say he got money from the Israelis. Look at his house. This is the house of a poor man. He helped everyone. Everybody liked him. I bless him.?

Hamas officials declined to comment. They referred reporters to comments last week by a Hamas leader who said such executions must not happen again

Posted by: Ed Frias at November 26, 2012 04:15 PM

Anshel Pfeffer, Gideon Levy, Amira Hass, et al...
Had enough of them? It's time for everyone who loves Israel to boycott Haaretz Don't buy it and don't advertise in it! Bankrupt it.

Posted by: Reuven at November 27, 2012 08:51 AM

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