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January 09, 2013

Where’s the Coverage? PA Mayor Claims Israel Shapes Explosives Like Toys to Kill Children


In an interview on Palestinian Authority TV News on December 29, PA Mayor Mustafa Fuqaha asserted that the Israeli army, after training exercises, leaves behind explosives “shaped like pens and toys ... to tempt children to touch them or pick them up.” He flatly alleged that “the Israeli army targets children and young ones.” (The video has been translated and posted by Palestinian Media Watch.)

CAMERA research has turned up no mainstream media coverage of this offensive and false accusation, made by a leader in the Palestinian Authority –often labeled as moderate by the press– and broadcast on official PA TV.

In the modern era, the traditional antisemitic blood libel that Jews murder children frequently appears in Arab media as accusations that Israel murders children. This falsehood is central to the pervasive demonization of Israel in the public sphere. CAMERA has reported numerous times on this modern blood libel though major media almost completely ignore it, when they are not abetting it.

CAMERA suggested to the media that they resolve in 2013 to report on the drumbeat of incitement to hatred of Jews and Israel in Palestinian media, schools and the public square. In this case, they are failing the test though it is yet early in the year. Let’s hope that next year, on the issue of blood libel and incitement, we will not still be asking... Where’s the coverage?

Posted by SC at January 9, 2013 06:54 PM


This sort of provable bald face lie is news?
Where's the PA's proof? If it is like he says the Israeli's are using bombs disguised as toys (A Soviet trick in Afghanistan.) why can't these PA loud mouth liars show any? Considering they are more likely to use such devices maybe that is why this provocateur is spouting off; to preempt and justify attacking Israeli kids with such devices they can get from the Russians. That's more believable.

Posted by: jeb stuart at January 10, 2013 12:43 PM

What's with "falsehood"? That's something that is false but maybe without the speaker's knowledge. When someone says something he knows is false, it's a LIE.

Posted by: Jacob at January 10, 2013 01:24 PM

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