Sunday, April 20, 2014

What British Jews are not being told

What you will not find in the JC: Baruch Mizrachi and his family attacked by Palestinian terrorists on their way to a Seder
Baruch Mizrahi, a 47-year-old father of five children living in Modi'in, was driving his family to a Seder last Monday when their car was one of several stopped and fired at by Palestinian terrorists. Baruch was shot dead while his pregnant wife Hadar and 9-year-old son were wounded. Hadar's personal account is here.

In years gone by a terrorist attack like this, committed on Passover eve, would have been a major news story (interestingly the attack by a KKK member in Kansas City against Jewish institutions on the same day did get quite a lot of news coverage once the media had checked that the shooter was not a Muslim***). While we would expect the BBC to give minimal attention to the story***** at least the Jewish Press would have made it front page news. However, since the Jewish Chronicle has morphed into a Guardian-BBC persona, stories of Palestinian terrorism no longer fit its Israel narrative. Therefore, consistent with its coverage of Israel over the last 3 years, the JC was unable to find any room in its 60 pages this week (18 April) to cover the attack on the Mizrachi family at all (even though it did find room to cover the Kansas City attack). It did, however, find plenty of room to publish a ludicrous propaganda piece by an anti-Israel NGO (without informing its readers of the nature of the NGO).

While on the subject of what British Jews are not being told it is worth noting that the Jewish Press in the UK has been just as insistent as the rest of the media on covering up the backgrounds of the 'Palestinian prisoners' who Israel was forced to release for no good reason. One of them - Issa Abda Rabbo was in the Palestinian news again this week talking about how he was unable to properly continue his stamp collecting while he was imprisoned by Israel. This is the scumbag (welcomed back as a hero by Palestinian President Mahmod Abbas)  whose own words (interviewed on Palestinian News TV) about how he murdered two Israeli hikers are worth repeating:
Issa Abd Rabbo “...An Israeli car approached, with two in it. I said, here’s a chance and I don’t want to return empty-handed. They left the car… and walked towards the valley, and sat down under a pine tree. I went down to them. Of course I was masked and was carrying a rifle. He asked me: Are you a guard here? I told him: ‘No, I’m in my home.’ I told him: ‘You are not allowed here. This is our land and our country. You stole it and occupied our land and I’m going to act against you.’
They were surprised by what I told them. I tied them up of course and then sentenced them to death by shooting, in the name of the revolution. I shot them, one bullet each, and went [hiding] in the mountains… I went to my aunt and told her: ‘We have avenged Muhammad’s blood.’”
Host: “She is the mother of Martyr Muhammad Abd Rabbo.”
Issa Abd Rabbo: “I told her: ‘Instead of one, we got two.’ She cried out in joy.”

***This comment really is not flippant. Even though most US stations were reporting immediately that the gunman had targeted two Jewish institutions, Sky News was only reporting a 'shooting at two community centres' in Kansas City. Only when, several hours later, the suspected gunman was named as a former KKK member did Sky suddenly change its headline to add the word "Jewish" before community centres.

*****As reported on BBC Watch, the BBC did not cover the story at all - not even on its Middle East News web site, while the Guardian covered the story in its own usual way.

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