Thursday, March 08, 2007

Israel State TV Declares War ... on the State of Israel!!

For those still in shock that a professor at Bar Ilan University could
invent and proliferate a medieval blood libel about Jews supposedly using
gentile children's blood in Passover rituals, count to ten and take a
deep breath, because the NEXT blood libel is even more incredible.

The new blood libel was not invented by a crackpot academic but rather by
the Israel state-owned and state-financed Channel One television station.
If you are surprised that the Israeli state-owned TV is being used to
smear Israel, that just shows you have not been paying close
enough attention! The Israeli state-owned television and radio
broadcasting have ALWAYS been under the hegemony of the Far Left, even
during periods when the Likud and the "Right" held power. The little
clique of leftists running it would be left in peace to run the broadcasts
ideologically as their fiefdom. (By the way, cable is not much better,
with cable stations also often running anti-Israel propaganda disguised
as "documentaries"; an example is a sycophantic report on Uri Avnery's
"life work".)

I attach below the full report on this new electronic atrocity by the
Israel Broadcasting Authority's Channel One. The report by CAMERA is far
better than anything I could write.

It is at
(see web site for links and photos)

Here it is attached in full:

March 4, 2007 by Alex Safian, PhD

False Israeli "Massacre" Story Resurrected

Did Israeli forces massacre hundreds of Egyptian POW's during the Six Day
War? According to Israeli press reports a new documentary, "Ruah Shaked,"
broadcast on Israel's Channel 1 alleges that such a massacre did take
place, and attributes the killings to the elite Shaked reconaissance unit,
then led by Binyamin Ben-Eliezer, the Labor MK and retired General who
heads the National Infrastructures Ministry (for details see Egypt wants
probe into 'IDF massacre'.)

But this particular massacre charge was first reported . and then
thoroughly debunked . more than 10 years ago.

In followup reports, Ran Ederlist, the documentary producer, claims he
never charged a massacre. According to Ha'aretz: "He said the dead were
not Egyptian POWs, but Palestinian fedayoun fighters, and that they were
killed in battle, not executed." The Jerusalem Post quotes him saying:
"During this battle, you could say there was excessive use of force, (but)
it was all in the context of war - not prisoners, not prisoner-of-war
camps, not people who put their hands up." Click here for these updated
stories in the Jerusalem Post and Ha'aretz.
The facts, in brief, are as follows. After initial stories alleging a
massacre ran in 1995, the Jerusalem Post reported that .transcripts of
orders from the Six Day War . clearly indicate that the alleged mass
murder of Egyptian POWs near El-Arish never occurred .. Instead, what
actually happened according to the Post was a full-fledged battle between
armed combatants:

... several hundred armed Palestinian soldiers, in Egyptian Army uniforms,
were trying to escape from the Gaza Strip towards Port Said . not knowing
that the area was already under IDF control . on the last day of the war
[with Egypt]. They exchanged fire with Nahal soldiers and most were later
killed by soldiers from the Shaked reconnaissance unit. (August 17, 1995)

In addition, Israeli journalist Gabi Bron, who was serving with the IDF
near El Arish at the time, and who is sometimes cited in reports as a
witness to a massacre, has stated publicly that no massacre took place.
Asked about the issue by Israeli historian Michael Oren, Bron replied:

The one hundred and fifty POWs were not shot, and there were no mass
murders... In fact, we helped prisoners, gave them water, and in most
cases just sent them in the direction of the Suez Canal. (New Republic,
July 23, 2001)

Another supposed source for these massacre stories, according to press
reports (including the Ha'aretz article cited above), is Israeli historian
Aryeh Yitzhaki. But he too has denied that any such massacre took place;
this is how Oren recounted their correspondence:

"In no case did Israel initiate massacres," Yitzhaki wrote me. "On the
contrary, it did everything it could to prevent them." Yitzhaki admits
that hundreds of Palestinian commandos were killed around El Arish. But
that was in combat, he says, after they ambushed the IDF supply columns.

Supporting these statements by Bron and Yitzhaki is a 1967 account from
the New York Times, which reported battles, but no massacres. Datelined
El-Arish, June 7, 1967, the Times article reported that:

... pockets of Egyptian troops in Sinai and Palestinian troops in the Gaza
Strip continued desperate resistance...

The army base here was also in Israeli hands yesterday evening after a
three hour battle. Heavy casualties were inflicted, more than a thousand
prisoners surrendered and some Egyptian soldiers fled into the desert.

At dawn today an Egyptian commando company struck back. An officer told
reporters that the enemy had stormed the camp at daybreak with submachine
guns blazing. They inflicted casualties, but were gunned down.

Later this morning, when a battalion commander went toward the home of the
governor to arrange for a formal surrender, fire was opened from several
houses in the town. The Israelis withdrew, and orders were given to subdue
the enemy by shelling.

Brief and sporadic bursts of machinegun fire were heard between mortar
blasts. Reporters were told that Egyptians were being flushed out of
stone-lined trenches around the town. (New York Times, June 8, 1967;
emphasis added)

Perhaps as important as the corroborating details offered by this account,
is the affirmation that in El Arish on June 7th Israeli forces were
accompanied by reporters who evidently neither saw nor heard even a hint
of any alleged massacre.

And not just reporters; photographers also accompanied the Israeli troops
throughout their advance into the Sinai. Indeed, an American photographer
for Life Magazine, Paul Schutzer, was killed while riding with Israeli
troops in a half-track that came under Egyptian attack. Despite the
dangers, these news photographers, both Israeli and foreign, filed
numerous battle images, as well as photos of the war.s immediate
aftermath, such as Israeli soldiers dealing with Arab POWs in El Arish
during the very time that some now charge an ongoing slaughter:

June 7, 1967: Egyptian POWs being rounded up outside El Arish (Shabtai
Tal) June 7, 1967: Israeli soldier guards Egyptian POW's at El Arish
(Shabtai Tal)

The photographers also recorded Israeli doctors tending to wounded POWs.
Why the Israelis would bother to provide advanced medical care to POWs
while they were at the same time slaughtering them is unclear:

June 26, 1967: Wounded POW receives care at the hospital in the Atlit POW
compound in Israel. (Moshe Pridan)

Some of the wounded Egyptian POWs bade a friendly goodbye as they were
being repatriated to Egypt:

July 31, 1967: After Israeli treatment wounded Egyptian POWs are carried
to a Red Cross ambulance plane for the trip to Cairo. July 31, 1967: In
Red Cross ambulance plane a wounded Egyptian POW says goodbye to an

(For further details on these massacre allegations click here and here.)

The bottom line is that charges of Israeli wrongdoing . such as this
alleged massacre . often take on a life of their own, and no matter how
discredited, many are eventually resurrected and reported again, with the
facts that disproved them conveniently forgotten, or at least ignored.

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