Thursday, May 4, 2017

Fake News Thursday: Abbas in Washington

Decades ago, restaurants around the world popularized the idea of dedicating a day each week to a meal ‘special’. For example, Friday might be ‘Fish Fry Friday’. Tuesday might be ‘Pizza Tuesday’.

More recently, the occasional supermarket has tried the same thing. That market might have a ‘Fresh Corn Friday’ or a ‘Fresh Chicken Wednesday’.

In case you haven’t noticed, the news industry hasn’t caught on to this idea. Yes, years ago the Sunday New York Times had a Sunday ‘news of the week in review’ section (I no longer read the Times. I don’t know what it does these days). But a Sunday ‘Section’ isn’t the same as, for example, a ‘Monday US Senate Day’ (dedicated to news about the US Senate), or a ‘Friday Middle East Day’.

This oversight has finally been corrected. Welcome to ‘Fake News Thursday’.

Today’s Thursday fake news report comes directly from the Master of Fake News himself, Palestinian Authority leader, Mahmoud Abbas. On May 3, 2017, Mr Abbas held a joint news conference at the White House with US President Donald Trump. At that press conference, Abbas produced four fake news items which, it might be safe to say, most analysts missed.

Here are those four fake items, in order of appearance (“Remarks by President Trump and President Abbas of the Palestinian Authority in joint statement”, haaertz, May 3, 2017):

-Fake news item number 1: Abbas said, “We are the only remaining people in the world that still live under occupation”. This is false. When you do an online search for ‘list of military occupations’, you discover that ‘Palestinians’ are not the last people remaining occupied. Far from it: there are more than a dozen ‘people’ who claim to be ‘occupied’. Therefore, if you measure lies on a scale of ‘one-Pinocchio to five-Pinocchios, you can score this fakery at four Pinocchios.

-Fake news item number 2:  Abbas said, “I affirm to you [his words] that we are raising our youth, our children, our grandchildren on a culture of peace”. Not true. If you have ever read anything by David Bedein (behindthenewsinisrael), you will know that this statement scores ‘five-Pinocchios’ for lying. The Palestinian Authority (PA) does not raise its children “on a culture of peace” (Nitzan Keidar, “Netanyahu: Abbas lied to Trump”, arutzsheva, May 4, 2017). It raises its children on a culture of hate--one that prepares children for war against Israel (Daniel Eisenbud, “Experts: over 200 US-approved textbooks teach Palestinians to kill Jews”, jerusalempost, November 8, 2016). 

-Fake news item number 3: Abbas said, “we are endeavouring to bring about security, freedom and peace for our children to live like the other children in the world, along with the Israeli children in peace, freedom and security”. This is a variation of fakery number 3 above. The PA teaches its children to praise ISIS, express a desire to join ISIS and to praise the virtues of killing Jews (Ben Evansky, “Lawmakers call for defunding UN schools after film shows Palestinian kids praising ISIS”, foxnews, June 16, 2016). Score this with five Pinocchios.

-Fake news item number 4: Abbas said, “the three monotheist religions…the Jewish faith, the Christian faith and the Muslim faith…they all coexist together…in an environment of security, peace and stability, and love for all”. Not true. The PA doesn’t truly protect Jewish holy sites in areas it controls. It doesn’t preach love for non-Islamic religions. Instead, it tolerates attacks on Jewish sites, and has allowed riots, vandalism and fire-bombings at those sites with little interference. The PA’s verbal onslaught against Judaism and the Jews’ rights to their Holy sites is well-documented (see palestinianmediawatch). Indeed, official Palestinian media has a history of blatant anti-Semitism (Lenny Ben-David, “Denial of religious rights by the Palestinian Authority”, honestreporting, no date, retrieved from internationalwallofprayer, May 4, 2017). This false Abbas claim scores ‘five+++Pinocchios’.

It’s a shame that a leader who claims to seek the moral high ground (he calls for ‘justice’ for the Palestinian people) should lie to make his case. Lying doesn’t support any moral high ground. It supports fraud and justifies sin.

But it’s even more shameful that no one in the media condemns Abbas for his 'Pinocchio'-making. The media accepts the fakery as truth.

As a result of fake news, Jews are abhorred (“Citing ‘Protocols,’ Jordanian TV tells viewers Jews are an ‘abhorred’ people”, timesofisrael, May 3, 2017). Zionism is reviled (Michael Oren, “In defense of Zionism”, israelforever, no date, retrieved May 4, 2017).  Israel is hated (Tzvi Fishman, “Why the world hates Israel”, jewishpress, March 21, 2016).  

Fakery as fact is part of that hate. It’s the modern engine that drives that hate.

There’s a reason fakery as fact exists. It’s part of the Jewish Redemption story.

You see, when you believe fakery, you reject Israel. When the miracles of Redemption occur, you'll be stunned. Only then will you realize you’ve been fooled.

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