March 10, 2013

UN: Journalist's Son Killed By HAMAS Rocket, Not Israeli Missile As Claimed

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When Jihad Misharawi lost his son during Israeli air strikes, photographs of the tearful father holding his son's body became iconic anti-Israel propaganda. The Washington Post wasted no time placing blame:

An Israeli round hit Misharawi’s four-room home in Gaza Wednesday, killing his son, according to BBC Middle East bureau chief Paul Danahar, who arrived in Gaza earlier Thursday. Misharawi’s sister-in-law was also killed, and his brother wounded. Misharawi told Danahar that, when the round landed, there was no fighting in his residential neighborhood.

Other major media outlets, the BBC, the Huffington Post, Yahoo, the Sun, the Telegraph, and many more also carried the same narrative.

The problem is, it wasn't true. In their desperation to further demonize Israel, these media outlets reported Palestinian propaganda as facts. They lacked any journalistic integrity to present an objective story.

It was a HAMAS rocket that killed the child:

Jihad’s son was killed by Hamas, according to independent investigators from the United Nations. He was murdered by the journalist’s own neighbors, the very men who purport to be his biggest protectors, who live in the surrounding buildings in the city where he lives.

According to the advanced version of its report released by the U.N. Human Rights Council released late last week, "On 14 November, a woman, her 11-month-old infant, and an 18-year-old adult in Al-Zaitoun were killed by what appeared to be a Palestinian rocket that fell short of Israel."

I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for updates and corrections.

By DMartyr at 03:37 PM | Comments |