Thursday, April 18, 2002
Among the things we've learned: It doesn't matter what the Palestinians do, how many lies they tell or how often they are caught red-handed. The media will always believe them rather than the Israeli government. Protesting is like spitting into the wind. Check out the following two pieces on the Jenin "massacre" that wasn't, one from NRO and one from Arutz-Sheva. And check out the following from andrewsullivan.com:
ANDREA KOPPEL'S OBJECTIVITY: A fascinating squabble over CNN senior correspondent Andrea Koppel is beginning to make the email rounds. It concerns allegations that the Israeli Defense Force has conducted a slaughter of civilians in the Jenin refugee camp. The reliably anti-Israel and pro-terrorism newspaper, the Independent, is running hard with the story today. The New York Times version is harrowing but doesn't find evidence of anything but collateral civilian deaths. Still, It seems Andrea Koppel knew for sure there was an Israeli massacre as early as last Sunday. Here's an email from an Israel-sympathizer who had an encounter with Koppel last week:
I am attending the Israel Venture Association annual conference in Tel Aviv and was introduced to Andrea Koppel from CNN as we were waiting for Prime Minister Sharon and Secretary of State Powell to finish their discussion Sunday evening at our hotel.
While we were chatting, an American-born Israeli joined us to tell Andrea about his perception of media distortion in that the press that stresses moral equivalence between Israeli civilian deaths caused by Palestinian terror and Palestinian civilian deaths caused by Israeli military actions. He argued that Israel has tried to engage in a peace process since Camp David and has been double-crossed over and over by the Palestinian Authority. Further, he argued the civilian deaths caused by Palestinians are intentional, whereas the deaths caused by Israel are mostly the tragic, unintentional results caused by Israel trying to defend itself.
Andrea replied, "So when Israeli soldiers slaughter civilians in Jenin, that is not equivalent?"
Israeli: "What are your sources? Were you in Jenin? How exactly do you
know there was a slaughter?"
Andrea: "I just spoke with my colleagues who were there, and they told me of the slaughter."
Israeli: "Did they actually see the shooting, the bodies?"
Andrea: "Palestinians told us about the slaughter."
Israeli: "And you believe them without evidence. Could they possibly be
lying and distorting facts?"
Andrea: "Oh, so now they are all just lying??"
The Israeli became emotional in describing that his children are afraid, his friends have been murdered, and if this goes on, "We could lose our lives or we could lose our country."
Andrea, "Yes, you will lose your country."
At this point, I interrupted the two of them and asked Andrea Koppel,
"Did I just hear you correctly-- that you believe the current crisis will lead to the destruction of the State of Israel?"
Andrea: "Yes, I believe we are now seeing the beginning of the end of Israel."
Koppel and Walter Isaacson have denied the gist of this account, and insist that Koppel didn't use the word 'slaughter.' The man present continues to insist that was precisely the word she used, and that she clearly predicted the demise of Israel. I wasn't there. I have no way to prove which party is lying. But when you see Andrea Koppel on television, 'reporting' on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it seems to me you should be aware of this alleged exchange.
The mainstream media does not like this war, not America's war and not Israel's war. They do not like taking the side of the West, they do not like taking the side of military power, they do not like taking the side of themselves. They want to root for the underdog, the Arab masses revolting against Western imperialism. They have contempt for the truth. We should have contempt for them.