This is going to be a rant about media bias.
#Israel Is more #Nazi than #Hitler ! Oh, #HitlerWasRight #IDF go to hell. #PrayForGaza
Same thing happened last week with a CNN contributor called Adeel Raja. He posted this :
The world today needs a Hitler
Among many other blatantly Antisemitic statements. He got fired but he’s glad he brought attention to the cause. He now spends his time defending the Pakistani Foreign Minister who said that Israel is controlling the world’s media, saying it isn’t Antisemitism. You couldn’t make this shit up.
Now, I consider BBC and CNN to be very neutral and reliable media outlets, far better than most actually. But even here, millions of people are reading with faith the accounts of neo-Nazis regarding a conflict involving the world’s only Jewish state. Now, those tweets were public, how many more who are smart enough to keep their opinions to themselves ? I don’t know. Hopefully none, but probably not. It’s not the first time that either of those broadcasting corporations get caught lying about specific issues (like BBC translating ‘Yahud’ to ‘Zionists’), but they’re usually very trustworthy, so this was shocking to me.
There is a fairly good article from BBC debunking myths about the recent escalation between Israel and Hamas. I recommend you read it (no, that video of a fake funeral wasn’t from Gaza), but even there, as was reading, I noticed a small yet very important mistake.
It’s regarding the fire at the Temple Mount. I’ve seen context-less videos shared on all social media, showing Jews celebrating at the Western Wall while a tree is burning at the Temple Mount compound, and I’ve seen countless comments describing it as something along the lines of “Zionist Jews burned the Al Aqsa mosque and celebrated it !!!1”.
I regard this as a modern day blood libel, and you should too. I’m afraid for the diaspora Jews because I can see this being used a pretext for an attack by religious extremists.
This is what the article has to say about the fire :
Some pro-Palestinian users shared a video which they claimed showed al-Aqsa mosque in East Jerusalem on fire, accusing Israel of “letting the al-Aqsa Mosque burn”.
The video is real, but additional footage from other angles makes it clear that a tree near to the mosque had caught fire, not the mosque itself.
The mosque complex in Jerusalem’s Old City is one of Islam’s most revered locations, but its location is also the holiest site in Judaism, known as the Temple Mount.
In the video, a large crowd of young Jewish Israeli men can be heard singing an anti-Palestinian song behind the Western Wall, with flames visible in the distance.
The cause of the blaze is disputed.
Israeli police said in a statement that it was the result of fireworks thrown by Palestinian worshippers. But Palestinians say it was caused by Israeli officers throwing stun grenades.
According to Reuters, the tree was only 10 metres from the mosque. The fire was subsequently put out and the mosque was not damaged by the blaze.
Now, it’s strange that no one in BBC has made an effort to dig a little deeper (as they did with the other topics) and find out what really happened, because if they had, they would know that it’s not disputed – the statement of the Israeli police is correct, because there’s video evidence :
Furthermore, no, the Jews didn’t set the tree on fire nor did they even celebrate the fire that resulted from Palestinians firing fireworks towards them, they were celebrating Jerusalem day, and were celebrating in the same way as it was happening :
A few of the people celebrating might have been happy to see the tree burning on the compound, I don’t know.. but it’s not the real story here. The fact that folks on social media somehow managed to turn “Jews getting fired at with fireworks while celebrating in their holiest site” into an Antisemitic blood libel is crazy to me.
And don’t get me started about the lack of headlines about the massively-increasing harassment and violence that Jews are facing all over the world at the moment.
Just felt like bringing attention to this phenomenon. So stay alert, don’t read anything with absolute faith, and always try to do your own research.