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Assad Hires Poor Farmers For Israelis To Shoot On Syrian Border: Truth Hides

by | 7th, June 2011

BASHAR Assad allows no foreign media inside Syria. He’s not all that keen on domestic media Syrian blogger, Amina Abdallah Araf al Omari, aka Gay Girl In Damascus , has been disappeared. But Assad is banking on those banned journalists being there to film action on the Syria-Israeli border.

A Lebanese man has told The Guardian about those protests on Israeli Indpedence Day.

One demonstrator who was wounded that day told the Guardian the Lebanese militia Hezbollah had given him $50 to turn up at the border and $900 to have his gunshot wounds treated by physicians. He said he had been planning to return to Maroun al-Ras yesterday until the rally was cancelled.

Someone willing to risk their life breaking through a broder between enemies might be willing to be shot to multiply his fee.

It all depends not on the facts, rather on which side you want to believe. One man’s indepdnce is another’s defeat:

On 15 May, tens of thousands of pro-Palestinian demonstrators marched on the borders with Israel, in the Palestinian territories, Syria, Jordan and Lebanon. They were marking the 63rd anniversary of Nakba, which in Arabic means “catastrophe”.

Healthy journalistic scepticism is replaced by biased filler. Take this in the New York Times:

By nightfall, the Syrian news agency SANA reported that 22 protesters had been killed and more than 350 had been wounded. Israeli officials said that they had no information on casualties but suggested that the Syrian figures were exaggerated.

Facts. you can weight them up. But then the paper delivers this:

Even so, it was the worst bloodshed in the Golan Heights since Israel and Syria fought a war there in 1973.

Well, if brutal Syria is to be believed, yes. But wihout evidence, is it a fact?

Karl Vick , of Time Magazine , took a view:

Television images on Sunday from the Golan Heights village of Majdal Shams showed apparently unarmed Palestinian civilians marching peacefully down a hill toward Israeli soldiers who had assumed firing positions. Then came a crackle of gunshots; bloodied bodies were then carried back up the hill. It went on for hours, with 20 people reported dead according to Syrian state television. The human cost was high but for a Palestinian movement trying to reframe itself, the footage at least set it on a course along on the lines of Birmingham, Soweto and Gandhi’s Salt March — parallels it has been making explicitly.

Gandhi carried a Molotov cocktail? And notie how the Israelis give no warning. But they say they did.

YNet News opined:

Responding to Sunday’s violence, IDF sources said the protesters who ignited minefields on ‘Naksa Day’ did not bring fire extinguishers with them and thus posed a danger to themselves and others by behaving irresponsibly. Others threw firebombs near Quneitra crossing to the same effect, they said.

The sources are also assuming that many protesters were hurt or killed as a result of the Red Cross’s inability to reach them, due to protesters’ refusal to cease violence in order to allow for medical evacuations.

IDF officials say commanders ordered three ceasefires, each of which were taken advantage of by the protesters in order to gain ground.

And what about those Palestinian protesters? This

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