Op-Ed: GPO: Pull credentials of Blood Libel Ausssie Reporters!
Lee Kaplan, Head of Stop the ISMThe writer heads Stop the ISM. He is an investigative journalist and contributor to Front Page Magazine, senior intelligence analyst and communications director for the Northeast Intelligence Network, and also heads Defending America for Knowledge and Action (DAFKA). He appears frequently in the US media.
Even Iran’s propaganda channel Press TV which seeks to malign Israel all the time was nowhere near as outrageous.
The International Solidarity Movement (ISM) began circulating a link to an ABC Australia “Special Report” that circulated on TV and that has been over the Internet since February 10th. The report suggests that the IDF and Israeli government molest Palestinian children and goes so far as to claim that there is sexual abuse.
The false report can be viewed on the Web here.
The report, prepared with the assistance of the ISM’s Breaking the Silence and B’Tselem, suggests that the Israeli army routinely arrests innocent Arab children in the middle of the night without cause.
The report was prepared by three Aussie reporters, John Lyons, Janine Cohen and Sylvie Le Clezio.
Even Iran’s propaganda channel Press TV which seeks to malign Israel all the time was nowhere near as outrageous in trying to smear Israel and the IDF. That such a “documentary” could be shot in Israel by these three - and then appear on national TV in a democratic nation like Australia is shocking.
I recently refuted on Press TV a similar false story claiming that the IDF arrested and molested a five-year old Palestinian Arab boy who was arrested for throwing stones at cars driven by Jews.
The Australian “documentary” repeats numerous blood libels against the IDF and Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria.
Israel as a free society does not promote censorship of the Media, but if the Government Press Office (GPO) does not revoke the press credentials of these three Australian “reporters” who apparently were able to get their garbage report on a major new outlet like ABC, it might as well close down or hand over the GPO to PLO and Hamas. Somebody somewhere isn’t doing their job.
If Israel releases terrorists, pays the families of those who attacked our soldiers on the Mavi Marmara and acts like a pin cushion for every voodoo accusation and sanction from abroad, Israel’s long term destruction is guaranteed.
I sent a copy of this video to one leader in the Judea and Samaria Jewish communities who wrote me back that he was laughing at it. True, it is ridiculous and a total lie. But in Australia, people who don’t know better aren’t laughing.
The question is, why should the Israeli government aid this nonsense by giving media credentials to those who intentionally lie and make up stories in their reporting? The destruction of a Jewish state won’t happen with a gun, it will happen with blood libel tales spread around the world that are not true.
Would someone in the Government Press Office please wake up?