Why did State Department lie about terror attacks against Israelis?

Boomerang asks President Trump to make changes to State Department after report under-counts terror attacks by 800.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

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Every year, the American Department of State publishes its annual report dealing with the state of human rights in Israel, Judea and Samaria, and Gaza. Prior to publication, the State Department announces an open call to organizations and individuals to send any information they have regarding human rights violations in Israel and Judea & Samaria.

As an organization that documents attempts at harming Jewish civilians in Judea and Samaria, the Boomerang organization applied and was granted permission to submit the data we collected throughout 2019.

Boomerang organized the information in a comprehensive document that included more than one thousand violent attacks by Arab Palestinians against Jews specifying the date, time and location of every one of them.

The State Department report was published in March this year. However, the information we submitted documenting over one thousand violent attacks targeted against Jews was ignored.

The report stated that there were: "330 incidents of Settler attacks that resulted in Palestinian fatalities, injuries and property damage," but only 101, “incidents of Palestinians committing violent acts against Israeli civilians in the West Bank"

Whereas the results of the Jewish attacks are referred to as “fatalities, injuries and property damage” the incidents by Palestinians are only “violent acts.”

The source of this distorted information came from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), that over time has proven biased against Israel, publishing statistics that ignore violent attacks against Jews.

An official Israeli Police report shows that there were over 3,000 files opened by Jews who were attacked by Palestinian Arabs in the year 2018 – an average of over 8 attacks per day. Yet the UN report for the same year quoted by the US State Department claims there were only 181 such violations of human rights. OCHA offers no transparency regarding its sources.]

In an inquiry to the State Department representatives, Boomergang asked for an explanation why information from some organizations is included, while some is omitted and received the following reply

“Our report is not intended to serve as a catalog of all alleged human rights abuses in the given year, but rather a document which describes facts relevant to human rights concerns.”

Boomerang asked why, "in the eyes of the author of the official State Department report, over a thousand documented terror attacks (including throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails at moving vehicles, setting pipe bombs and shooting incidents etc., all of which are proven to be potentially fatal) aimed to harm Jewish civilians are not considered “facts” that are “relevant to Human Rights concerns.”

Boomerang asked the public to send a letter to US President Donald Trump asking him to withdraw the State Department report and ensure that the US recognizes terrorist attacks against Israelis.



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