The Nakba Day rally and the old Palestinian rape story: propaganda and incitement to hatred
IF the woman at Sydney’s Nakba Day rally had fomented racism and championed war and death on twitter, she could be arrested for hate speech. In this video you’ll hear her read what she says is a letter from a female Palestinian prisoners in an Israeli jail. She fails to say how she received the letter nor what the prisoner wrote it on and with.
Rape is used as a propaganda weapon. In 2002, Lynne Jones, Labour MP for Selly Oak, posted a letter on her website claiming that Israeli soldiers had raped 80 women in Nablus. The letter was from an Anthony Razook. Only, no such person existed. Still, on many websites, the letter sits as uncontested fact.
His email ended: “…your country doesn’t allow you to know the news of what is really happening.”
“As you will note from the information on my website, with regard to the terrible scenes reported in April from Jenin, during a debate on 16 April…”
In April 2002, we were told by Nasser al-Kidwa, the Palestinian representative to the United Nations:
“There’s almost a massacre now taking place in Jenin. Helicopter gun ships are throwing missiles at one square kilometer packed with almost 15,000 people in a refugee camp. . . . Just look at the TV and watch, watch what the–what the Israel forces are doing. . . . This is a war crime, clear war crime, witnessed by the whole world, preventing ambulances, preventing people from being buried. I mean this is an all-out assault against the whole population.”
In all, 56 Palestinians – three of whom were not combatant – and 23 Israeli soldiers were killed in the violence.
Sharon Sadeh replied:
Under the headline “Amid the ruins, the grisly evidence of a war crime”, the Independent’s Phil Reeves wrote: “A monstrous war crime that Israel has tried to cover up for a fortnight has finally been exposed.” Reeves, like his Times and Telegraph colleagues, all quote the same lone individual, Kamal Anis, who said that he “saw the Israeli soldiers pile 30 bodies beneath a half-wrecked house. When the pile was complete, they bulldozed the building, bringing its ruins down on the corpses. Then they flattened the area with a tank.” The verdict of Times correspondent, Janine di Giovanni, was no less harsh: “Rarely in more than a decade of war reporting . . . have I seen such deliberate destruction, such disrespect for human life.”
Yasmin Alibhai-Brown wrote in the Independent on April 15 2002, conniving to tap into the insidious propaganda that posts Israelis on a par with the Nazis:
“I would suggest that Ariel Sharon should be tried for crimes against humanity … and be damned for so debasing the profoundly important legacy of the Holocaust, which was meant to stop forever nations turning themselves into ethnic killing machines.”
Such was the weight given to the Palestinian’s words of hundreds dead, of men and women being stripped and murdered, that the Sun’s editorial actually stated: “The Jewish faith is not an evil religion.”
In 2004, Hillel Newman, Israel’s consul to New England, wrote in the Boston Globe:
‘Terror organizations frequently recruit women with problematic social statuses, such as suspected adulteresses and rape victims. In fact, one of the most despicable methods used by Yasser Arafat’s own terror organization, the Fatah, is to seduce young women or arrange their rapes and subsequently pressure them to rehabilitate their social status by becoming “martyrs.”‘
Here’s the video – fast forward to 8 minutes: