Wednesday, January 17, 2007
B'tzelem = B'sheker (Liars)
1. B'tzelem = B'sheker:
BTselem Accused of Deception in Annual Report
Sunday, January 14, 2007 / 24 Tevet 5767
The B'Tselem "human rights group" is accused by CAMERA, a media watchdog
group, of using deceptive terms and selective omissions to slant the
perspective of its annual report on Arab casualties.
In its December 28 press release, B'Tselem announced the main findings of
its generally anti-Israel annual report: .This past year, we witnessed a
deterioration in the human rights situation in the Occupied Territories,
particularly in the increase in civilians killed and the destruction of
the houses and infrastructure in the Gaza Strip..
The report itself does not classify those killed as civilians or
terrorists, though. It chooses instead to classify Arab casualties as
either .Killed when participating in hostilities. or .Did not participate
in hostilities when killed..
CAMERA (The Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America)
contacted B.Tselem and was told by spokesperson Sarit Michaeli that this
is indeed the group.s policy.
According to CAMERA, until 2002, B.Tselem actually did provide separate
lists of those it classified as Palestinian civilians. .In 2003,
B.Tselem.s loose definition of the term .civilian. included countless
Palestinians who were killed while they were in the process of attacking
Israelis, including opening fire at a Bat Mitzvah celebration in Hadera,
killing six and injuring 35; setting off bombs; infiltrating Israeli
communities and killing or injuring residents; and fighting with Israeli
troops,. the CAMERA report states. .B.Tselem has since abandoned that
policy . perhaps in face of CAMERA.s criticism . but is the current
practice any more credible?.
The media accuracy group reviewed the details of the two most recent
months covered by the B.Tselem report. They found that not only were known
wanted terrorists included in those supposedly uninvolved in hostilities,
but that when conflicting reports existed as to an individual.s
involvement, B.Tselem consistently assumed that he was not.
B.Tselem reported, for example, that Muhammad Mahmoud Rajab a-Jarjawi, 19,
who was killed Nov. 23 in Beit Lahiya, .did not participate in hostilities
when killed.. In fact, the report says he was .killed while on his way
home from prayers, which ended at five in the morning..
The Palestinian Ma.an News Agency (as supplied by BBC Worldwide
Monitoring) reported that day, however: .Our Gaza correspondent reported
that an Israeli reconnaissance plane launched a rocket at a group of armed
Palestinian resistance men who were confronting the invading Israeli tanks
east of Bayt Lahiya. One of the men, Muhammad Jarjawi, 19, was killed and
many others were injured..
The report includes armed terrorists in its .did not participate in
hostilities. classification. One incident is described as follows
(emphasis added): .Muhammad (Eid) Amin Mahmoud Ramaheh, 27-year-old
resident of Ein Beit al-Maa Refugee Camp, Nablus district, killed on
14.12.2006 in Ein Beit al-Maa Refugee Camp, Nablus district, by gunfire.
Did not participate in hostilities when killed. Additional information:
Killed when shot at short range when he ran from his car when an
undercover unit tried to arrest him. He was armed..
The IDF report that day described the incident: .The forces set up a
roadblock in order to stop Ramaheh, but when Ramaheh.s vehicle arrived it
bypassed the roadblock and collided with another vehicle, injuring a
number of civilians. As the forces approached Ramaheh.s vehicle, he and
one of his men opened fire at them. The soldiers returned fire, killing
the two, who had been armed with an M-16 and a handgun..
Other information consistently left out of the B.Tselem report includes
the membership in terrorist organizations of those killed. The IDF
reported that Rahama was a head of Fatah.s Tanzim terror group and was
involved in terror attacks and in attempted attacks in the Shechem region.
"B'Tselem can not be relied upon as a trusted source for figures on
Palestinian civilian casualties,. the CAMERA report concludes. .Nor can
the details it provides on the circumstances of death for Palestinian
casualties be considered accurate."
Full report at
2. Jewish Self-Hatred:
3. JWD - Jewish Watch Dog
The Question of "Palestinian land"
4. What right of return?
5. What Palestinian "suffering"?
6. Build more settlements:
7. Hebrew only - the communist-feminist axis:
8. Yuri Stern, Z"L, was virtually the only Knesset Member of integrity
and Zionist vision left in the Knesset:
9. Amir Peretz' Sleaze:
10. Wishful thinking?
The End of Israeli Military Restraint
Out with the New, in with the Old
by Or Honig
Middle East Quarterly