A few years ago a similar incident occured in Israel. Amira Hass, a journalist for Israel's left-leaning Haaretz newspaper, published a story that smeared Hebron's Jewish community. According to CAMERA's Andrea Levin, Hass wrote that the Jewish residents there had abused the corpse of a dead Arab shot by Israeli Border police in a violent incident. Arutz 7 was more explicit:
"She wrote that the residents kicked, spat on, and danced atop the body of a dead Arab terrorist, who had just been shot and killed by soldiers shortly after he threw a grenade at them."The source of Hass' story is unclear. Was it her own imagination or the imagination of local Islamofascists? What is absolutely clear is her source was about as reliable as CBS's Killian memos. Arutz 7 reported that "the IDF spokesman at the time asserting that the Jewish residents did not abuse the body in any manner." Andrea Levin added that the "allegations were disproved by multiple televised accounts of the event."
Hevron's Jewish residents demanded a retraction or an apology, which Haaretz did not provide. They sued the paper for 250,000 shekels, and Haaretz did not even submit a defense. In June 2001 the judge Shalev Gertel awarded the full sum to the Hevron community, in addition to 20,000 shekels for legal expenses.
Cosmic X contacted the spokesman of Hevron's Jewish community, David Wilder, to find out if Haaretz every payed or apologized. His answer (from Feb. 2, 2005) was shocking but not surprising:
"Concerning the suit against Haaretz - the original decision was based upon the fact that the newspaper didn't send anyone to court to answer the charges - so the judge awarded us the decision. Haaretz appealed, saying they didn't know about the case ... and their appeal was accepted and the original verdict was voided. Since then, nothing has happened - the judge still has not heard the case - I'm not clear as to exactly why - however, it is still in the courts."
The wheels of Israeli justice move slow, very slow. Almost four years have passed. But the Jewish community has not forgotten, and neither have I. If what Andrea Levin wrote, that the "allegations were disproved by multiple televised accounts of the event," is true, it is just a matter of time before Haaretz is going to have to pay up or apologize. What are they gaining by stonewalling? CBS's crediblity certainly suffered from using this tactic. Haaretz should learn from Rathergate, and end Amiragate as soon as possible.
An ending note: A Google search on "Amira Hass" reveals that she is the darling of Eurodhimmi and Islamofascist web sites. I'm so surprised!