More anti-Semitic lies from Palestinian media

The Palestine Observer (PO) is both a Twitter site and a Facebook page, but I’m not sure who runs it, or whether it has anything to do with the government of Palestine. Its motto is “Keeping our audience updated about the situation in Palestine.” But what they post is typical of the anti-Semitic propaganda that gets passed around on social media, and in this case (as it is so often), the site is promulgating arrant lies.

As IsraellyCool points out, the following tweet emanated from the PO in June:

It doesn’t take much digging (I believe a reverse image search would work) to find out that that’s not a body that came from Israeli activities. In fact, as as the Associated Press reports (here and here), it was Saddam Hussein’s regime that killed the man’s son. This article below, from the Kitsap Sun in Bremerton, Washington includes the AP report and an AP photo, too. Same photo as above!

I just did a reverse image search on the photo in the PO tweet, and got this article from the Montana Standard. Clearly the Palestine Observer isn’t very observant, and didn’t do due diligence. I’m betting they knew they were circulating lies.

So fie on the Palestine Observer.

The sad thing is that this lie gets widely circulated without anybody checking on it, simply because it conforms to what people want to believe: that Israel is killing Palestinian children. And this is not unique: you can find these lying photographs all over Palestinian and pro-Palestinian media, both private and official. Of course, those who attack Israel and defend Palestine quietly ignore this stuff, as well as the disparity in the kind of material put out by Palestinian versus Israeli media.

Israel isn’t a perfect country, and Netanyahu is making it worse, but I’m betting that if there’s ever a two-state solution—which I favor—I know which state will be more liberal, tolerant, and progressive. And I know which one I’d live in if I had a choice.

h/t: Malgorzata


  1. Randall Schenck
    Posted September 30, 2018 at 10:36 am | Permalink

    Corrupt media, particularly, state controlled media has become the most popular occupation going around the world. What the Palestinian state and other pro-Palestinian media are doing is shameful and very routine today. I was just listening to the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko discussing this with Fareed Zakaria, regarding what the Soviet Union is doing in Ukraine and all over the world. Prior to every election the Russian media ramps up with disinformation of all types to disrupt the process and produce chaos. I am not diminishing what is going on with the Palestinian pro-media, just saying this exact type of ugly fake journalism is everywhere today.

    • Posted September 30, 2018 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

      Prior to which elections? What countries?

      • Randall Schenck
        Posted September 30, 2018 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

        Well, specifically Elections that are going on in Ukraine now. Could certainly include 2016 in this country. Many recent elections in Europe. I hope this isn’t just a stupid question/joke?

        • Posted September 30, 2018 at 4:45 pm | Permalink

          No, not a joke. It may have been a stupid question, it not intentionally so. I meant it as a serious question. You were not specific and I wondered which country you were talking about.

          Thanks for responding.

  2. Posted September 30, 2018 at 11:10 am | Permalink

    I’ve never understood antisemitism. I was following a blog for a little while after reading a couple of their travel posts. And then they started posting “evidence” that “proves” the holocaust is a conspiracy and lie. I was stunned. I’m no longer following them, by the way.

    • Mike Cracraft
      Posted September 30, 2018 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

      If you want to understand antisemitism go back to the beginnings of organized Christianity and you’ll find the answer your looking for.

      • Posted September 30, 2018 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

        Paul was a Jew and he is the one who started it. Never have understood why. He said a lot of strange things.

    • Posted September 30, 2018 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

      The left wing version of it is probably the most insidious version of it in the West at the moment. Nick Cohen in his book What’s Left? argues it re-emerged in leftist politics after the fall of the Soviet Union. The far left allied themselves with the next group they could find that was anti-US, and turned to radical Islamic groups.

      And course, the Israel/Palestine conflict superficially appears to fit the narrative of rich whites oppressing poor brown people, as well as being a remarkably complicated conflict in itself….

      • Posted September 30, 2018 at 11:00 pm | Permalink

        Could you expand on that a bit. Don’t follow the logic of why they would do that.

  3. Ken Kukec
    Posted September 30, 2018 at 11:22 am | Permalink

    It’s classic “big lie” technique, the one that’s been with us since the scion of the Schicklgruber clan dictate his memoirs to Rudolph Hess at Landsberg prison.

    • Mark R.
      Posted September 30, 2018 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

      Landsberg am Lech. I’m reading Dan Simmons’ Abominable about mountaineers and alpinists in the 20’s, and one of the characters is a German Hitler follower/fanatic. He talked about how Hitler was treated like royalty at Landsberg where he dictated Mein Kampf. I love serendipity.

  4. rickflick
    Posted September 30, 2018 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

    Looks like Snopes hasn’t covered this yet. Get going Snopes!

  5. Malgorzata
    Posted September 30, 2018 at 12:51 pm | Permalink


  6. Steve Pollard
    Posted September 30, 2018 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

    I wonder where all this is going. Maybe we will end up with all news sources tarred with the same brush, so nobody believes anything they read…unless, of course, it comes from somewhere that validates and panders to their own “identity” and “lived experience”.

    Or maybe readers will start taking more notice of provenance, evidence, objectivity and accuracy; and demanding higher standards from their media sources. At least we can hope that a few policy-makers might do so.

  7. Posted September 30, 2018 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

    Two state solution looks like just a dream st this point. Things could change but would be a long shot. A real long shot.
    Lots of lies and hate speech going around. And not just in the Middle East. Would be nice if there was a way to stop it all.

  8. Posted September 30, 2018 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

    Pounding this simple strategy albeit lies, works, bucket loads of self deception as it suits their long game.
    It is up to the rest to counter, as and like this post does. By now most skeptics are very wary of so called ‘updates’ from Palestinian sources.
    Hamas control the Palestinians with lies and fear and think the rest of the planet deserve no less.
    Screw them, pity the people of Palestine, what a way to live.

    • Steve Pollard
      Posted September 30, 2018 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

      And the Hamas leaders mostly sit on their fat backsides in air-conditioned hotels in Qatar while leaving it to Western charities to look after the poor people of Gaza.

      • BJ
        Posted September 30, 2018 at 8:20 pm | Permalink

        And then divert most of the resources from those Western charities to terrorism as well.

  9. Posted October 1, 2018 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

    Self-defeating, too, since people will not believe it when it *does* happen. (Which it does.)

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