Wednesday, December 4, 2013

HuffPost Bloggers Whine for Palestinians, Call for Ethnic Cleansing

With all the chaos around the world, you'd think the Huffington Post blogger stable would back off from Israel slightly in favor of the Syrians, the Ukranians, the Tibetans, and so forth. But you would be wrong, in fact Huffington Post bloggers have doubled down with not one but two articles that basically repeat Palestinian propaganda claims and don't bother to check the facts.

We'll start with Bill Corcoran who declares "Gaza is a Victim Once Again." And not a victim of their own actions either. By the way, four of Corcoran's six articles on the Huffington Post are about Gaza. Agenda much? Corcoran just basically goes through the usual rattling off of statistics (never mentioning the word "Hamas" or "rockets" once in his entire article) but at least he attempts to blame Egypt a little:
"Gaza is home to 1.7 million men, women and children, squeezed into an area just about twice the size of Washington, D.C. Its border with Israel mostly has been sealed since 2007 with only limited supplies allowed entry. Since July, the border with Egypt has been shut tight too. That closure resulted from the political turmoil in Egypt that also spurred the military to destroy hundreds of tunnels under the Gaza-Egypt border that were used to bring in essentials like food and household supplies and fuel to keep the place running."
Actually, the closure resulted from Hamas (there's that word again) supporting Islamists who were trying to take over the country, not to mention their assistance of jihadists in the Sinai Peninsula who have killed dozens of Egyptian soldiers. But I understand why Corcoran wouldn't mention this as it undermines his thesis that the Gazans are "victims," and victims by definition can't be responsible for their own situation.

Also this thing about the tunnels is an old talking point that has since been busted. Israel brings in the essentials like food and fuel, the tunnels are used to make money and to bring in luxuries. The people of Gaza are absolutely not dependent on the tunnels working, if anything they would be better off without them because Hamas taxes the stuff that comes through it. But again, we can't mention this.

Many little lies and half-truths make up the bulk of this article. Claims like "Gaza's only power plant shut down for lack of fuel," are made, not mentioning that there's no fuel because Hamas refuses to pay for it. But as it turns out, Corcoran is less interested in the people of Gaza then he is in advertising for the refugee agency he works for:
"International NGOs like ANERA that work in Gaza try to ease the suffering. We deliver shipments of donated critical medicines to replenish the stocks of hospitals and clinics...."
And so forth. The good news is that hardly anyone even noticed the article and there are only three comments attached to it. Not so much for our next article, which is basically an Amnesty International press release which quotes a Palestinian press release.

While hundreds of thousands of Syrians are made refugees, Sunjeev Bery is complaining that 1,000 Palestinians who are living in illegal villages are being evicted because (he claims) Israel wants to use that area for a test firing zone. Although he has lots of pictures from Google Maps of the area, his claims are somewhat dubious:
"Such U.S. actions have made it easier for Israeli officials to destroy Palestinian villages. Last year, Palestinian Hajj Issa gave Amnesty International an example of how Israeli soldiers had harassed his village of Jinba, one of the eight villages facing conversion into a firing zone. According to Issa, "Soldiers had come into the houses of about 15 to 20 families and broken everything, doors and pots and furniture." He shared that Israeli soldiers placed a military checkpoint at the entrance to his village, and that some Palestinian families had already left under pressure."
Yep, and Palestinian "activists" never lie, ever. About anything. Did Amnesty International bother to go in and fact check? What do you think?
"The eight villages facing the latest threat of forced eviction are in the hills southeast of the West Bank city of Hebron. According to both academic research and villager accounts, Palestinians have lived in these communities for many decades. Despite this, the Israeli government wrongly claims that the villagers do not reside in their villages."
What academic research? And where did the Israeli government claim this, and what was their basis for doing so? One would think this is the kind of information that Bery would attain before writing his article throwing out accusations and grandiose statements but apparently not. Instead he just keeps right on going before making laughable demands of Israel:
"The Israeli military must be stripped of any responsibility for planning and building regulations in the Occupied Territories. Those responsibilities must be placed solely in the hands of local Palestinian communities. Ultimately, all Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories must be completely removed."
Again, hooray for ethnic cleansing. But I like this claim that someone is going to "strip" Israel's military of responsibility. Under the 1907 Hague Regulation (that precious, precious international law Palsbarists are always going on about) the "occupying power" in fact can administer governmental duties. I especially like this bit:
Article 42 of the 1907 Hague Regulations (HR) states that a " territory is considered occupied when it is actually placed under the authority of the hostile army. The occupation extends only to the territory where such authority has been established and can be exercised. "
So in other words, if Israel's army doesn't have authority over the "Occupied Territories" (note the caps) then it's not an occupation. If it's not an occupation, then you have nothing to complain about.

Let me conclude by saying that this issue is being deliberated right now in the Israeli Supreme Court, so AI doesn't even need to get involved at this point. Maybe they should head over the border to Syria.

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