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Westliche Medien üben subtile Verzerrung der Fakten in Israel

Dass westliche Medien, allen voran Deutschlandfunk und Süddeutsche, die Fakten in Israel zugunsten der islamistischen Hamas und der Fatah verzerren, ist an der Tagesordnung. Beispiele, die diese Beobachtung bestätigen, liefern die Reaktionen auf das jüngste Attentat in der Jerusalemer Synagoge Kehilat Bnei Torah. Vier Menschen, darunter drei amerikanische Staatsbürger, waren bei dem Angriff zweier palästinensischer Terroristen getötet worden, ein weiteres Opfer erlag seinen Verletzungen.

Der Guardian änderte den Titel einer Reuters-Meldung – ursprünglicher Wortlaut: „Palästinenser töten beim Überfall auf Jerusalemer Synagoge vier Menschen“ – zu: „Vier Gläubige bei Angriff auf Jerusalemer Synagoge getötet“. Beide Publikationen erschienen, bevor das fünfte Opfer, ein Polizist der Volksgruppe der Drusen, starb. Auch aus dem Text der Reuters-Meldung entfernte der Guardian jeden Hinweis darauf, dass die Täter Palästinenser waren. Die gleiche Methode, die Täter zu verheimlichen, wendete die New York Times an, deren Schlagzeile lautete: “Vier Menschen im Bereich einer Jerusalemer Synagoge getötet”.

Die kanadische CBC blendete sogar das Attentat aus der Meldung aus und warf Zweifel auf ihren Wahrheitsgehalt. In einer Nachricht dort hieß es: „Jerusalemer Polizei erschießt zwei Personen offenbar nach Synagogenattacke“. Die Formulierung deutet auch an, dass die israelische Polizei gehandelt habe, ohne die Sachlage zu überprüfen. Einen merkwürdigen Lapsus leistete sich die CNN mit ihrer Nachricht „Tödlicher Überfall auf Jerusalemer Moschee“. Solche „Versprecher“ deuten darauf hin, dass Meldungen aus Israel inzwischen automatisch und möglicherweise den Autoren unbewusst bei der Wiedergabe den Filter des palästinensischen Narrativs durchlaufen, argumentiert Eric Rozeman von der amerikanischen Medienwatch-Organisation CAMERA (Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting, zitiert nach Jewish News Service JNS.org).*

Die subtile Verzerrung der Fakten in Israel macht seit einiger Zeit Schule. Als im Oktober ein Palästinenser mit seinem Fahrzeug einen Anschlag auf Fußgänger verübte (und das ist keineswegs ein Einzelfall) und von der Polizei erschossen wurde, meldete Associated Press: „Israelische Polizei erschießt Mann in Ostjerusalem“, ohne jeden Hinweis auf die terroristische Tat, die dem Verhalten der Polizei zugrunde lag. Die fälschliche Lokalisierung der Synagoge in Ostjerusalem vermittelt zudem den Eindruck eines Übergriffes der Sicherheitskräfte im muslimischen Teil Jerusalems. Später änderte AP die Schlagzeile. Weitere Beispiele finden sich in den CAMERA-Schnappschüssen, siehe *http://blog.camera.org/.

Masked Palestinians hold axes and a gun as they celebrate with others an attack on a Jerusalem synagogue, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip




Palästinenser feierten den Mord in der Synagoge ausgelassen. Auf dem Poster im Hintergrund die Fotos der Täter, Uday und Rassan Abu Jamal.

Palestinian woman scatters sweets as she celebrates with others an attack on a Jerusalem synagogue, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip



The worrying anti-Semitic aftermath of the Toulouse murders

The brutal and merciless slaughter of a Jewish man and three Jewish children in southern France last week shone a spotlight back onto a problem many had been doing their best to downplay – the escalating anti-Semitism in Europe.

The the Toulouse shooting itself was an anti-Semitic act driven by the killer Mohammed Merah’s irrational hatred of Jews is without question. And yet, there are many coming to his posthumous defense.

Merah’s older brothers, Abdelkader Merah, is now suspected of assisting in the attack on the Ozar Hatorah Jewish school, and told French investigators that he was “very proud” of what Mohammed had done. “I regret nothing for him and approve of what he did,” said Abdelkader.

Merah’s father, Mohammed Benalel Merah, told French media that he intends to sue the French government for killing his murderous son. Mohammed Merah was eventually killed after a 32-hour standoff during which he shot and wounded several French police officers.

“France is a big country that had the means to take my son alive,” the elder Merah told the AFP. “They could have knocked him out with gas and taken him in. They preferred to kill him. …I will sue France for killing my son.”

The remarks made by Abdelkader Merah and his father will be quickly dismissed by many as being the rantings of distraught family members. Unfortunately, their sentiments are shared by many.

Most schools in France last week marked one minute of silence for the victims of the Toulouse shooting. But at the Gustave Flaubert High School in Rouen, Normandy an English teacher had her class mark a minute of silence for the deceased murderer. Many of teacher Lorraine Collin’s students reportedly walked out in protest, but some remained and were quoted as saying the Jewish victims “deserved” what happened to them.

Back in Toulouse, a large group of women held a public gathering to honor the memory of Merah. The leader of the group told participants, “What we ask today is that we stop demonizing Mohamed… We share the pain and suffering of the families because it is the same pain for us here.” It is the same argument used by the families of Palestinian terrorists, who insist that their own hardships put them on equal footing with the families of Israeli Jews killed in terrorist attacks.

Also around Toulouse, French authorities found and cleaned up graffiti reading “Viva Merah” and “F**k the kippa.”

On the Internet, a French Facebook page was set up to in “Homage to Mohamed Merah,” and received many favorable comments before being shut down at the request of the French government. Meanwhile, the Palestinian-run propaganda website Electronic Intifada accused Israel of trying to cover up alleged abuses of Palestinians by focusing so much attention on the Toulouse murders.

Some print media employed the tactic of turning the aggressor into the victim, suggesting that Merah’s actions were a natural result of social and economic hardships. Le Figaro wrote that it had “no doubt” that Merah’s killing of four innocent Jews was incited by the “Islamophobia” of so many in France. The New York Times similarly noted that in France “Muslims complain widely of feeling vilified by some political elements, on the right in particular.”

Neither newspaper explained how Merah’s emotional state, even if the result of real discrimination, could possibly justify the heartless slaughter of innocent children.

The French government has responded to all this with a firm hand, demanding that media outlets not broadcast footage Merah took of his murders, banning the entry of radical Islamists, and suspending the teacher who tried to get her class to honor the killer of innocent Jews. But it is clear that a new wave of anti-Semitism is rising, this time fueled by Europe’s exploding Muslim populations. And once those Muslim anti-Semites reinvigorate the Jew-hating European ultra-nationalists, the situation could quickly spiral out of control.

It may already be happening.

In a conference call hosted by the French Jewish publication Le P’tit Hebdo, a recent French Jewish immigrant to Israel painted a picture of modern-day Europe that looks a lot like pre-Holocaust Europe, at least as far as Jews are concerned.

“Jews are being attacked all the time,” said Liora Zachary. “Children, in the buses, in the Metro, going to school, coming from school, couples in the street – this is just an unbearable situation.”  (by Ryan Jones, March 27, 2012, (C) israel today)

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