The Palestinian use of lies and disinformation
has been well known for many years but, in recent days it has reached new
heights, the likes of which we have not seen before.
The false reports published in the Palestinian media, or
by their spokespeople in the international media, have a double purpose:
on the one hand, to delegitimize Israel and, on the other hand, to
distract world attention from the Palestinian Authority's deep involvement
The Palestinian collection of lies is
particularly disturbing in light of the well-known phenomenon that when a
lie is repeated often enough it becomes the truth, even if it has no
Even more disturbing is the willingness of the international media to
serve as the instrument for publicizing the Palestinian claims, without
checking their veracity and knowing that in many cases they are without
foundation. The denials, if they are published later, receive much less
publicity; by then, the damage has been done.
Below are a few examples of fabrications
disseminated by the Palestinians:
"The Arafat is in danger" lie
One of the most popular themes, arising from the
restrictions placed on Arafat, is the fear for the life of the
president. On March 31, Yasser Abed Rabo said, in an interview to the Al
Jazeera television station, that a warning was received that the IDF
would enter the compound in Ramallah, and that this step was planned by
Sharon with the intent to kill Yasser Arafat. The same day, Hassan Asfor
said to BBC radio that the IDF had broken into Arafat's offices and that
the situation was dangerous, "on the brink of disaster". Also on the
same day, Saeb Erekat said on Egyptian television that he was unable to
make contact with Arafat and that he feared for his life. Erekat
repeated this in an interview he gave to CNN on April 6.
These fears were all proven to be unfounded.
Denying Jewish connection to the Land of Israel
According to a statement issued by the Palestinian Ministry of
Information, December 10, 1997: 'There is no tangible
evidence of any Jewish traces/remains in the old city of Jerusalem and
its immediate vicinity' ().
'The Al-Buraq Wall [Western Wall] and its plaza are a Muslim
property ? [It is] part if the Al Aqsa Mosque. The Jews have no
to it' (Arafat-appointed Mufti of Jerusalem, Al Ayyam [PA newspaper],
November 22, 1997).
'The Al-Buraq wall is Muslim property and it is part of the Al-Aqsa
(Arafat's Minister of Religious Affairs, Hassan Tahboob, Interview with
Israeli Jews Agency IMRA, November 22, 1997)
'That is not the Western Wall at all, but a Moslem shrine' (Arafat,
Ma'ariv, Oct. 11, 1996).
'All the events surrounding Kings Saul, David and Rehoboam occured in
Yeman, and no Hebrew remnants were found in Israel, for a very simple
reason -because they were never there' (Arab historian Jarid al-Kidwa,
PLO education program, June 1997 (quoted in Ha'aretz, July 6, 1997).
'Jerusalem is not a Jewish city, despite the Biblical myth implanted
some minds ? There is no tangible evidence of Jewish existence from the
so-called 'Temple Mount Era' ? The location of the Temple Mount is in
question ? it might be in Jericho or somewhere else' (Walid Awad,
of Foreign Publications for the PLO's Ministry of Information,
by the IMRA news agency, Dec. 25, 1996).
'Abraham was neither Jewish nor a Hebrew, but was simply an Iraqi.
Jews have no right to claim part of the Tomb of the Patriarchs in
Abraham's resting place, as a synagogue. Rather, the whole building
be a mosque' (Arafat, quoted in the Jerusalem Report, Dec. 26, 1996).
- Denial of the Holocaust
'The persecution of the Jews is a deceitful myth which the Jews have
labeled the Holocaust and have exploited to get sympathy' (PA newspaper
Al-Hayat AL-Jadeeda, July 2, 1998).
'The Nazis probably killed less than one million Jews and the Zionist
movement was a partner in the slaughter' (Quote from a book written by
Mazen, Arafat's number 2 man and senior Oslo negotiator).
'[The Holocaust] is a forged claim by the Zionists regarding the
acts of slaughter perpetrated against the Jews' (PA newspaper, Al-Hayat
Al-Jadidah, Sept. 3, 1997).
'It is a well-known fact that every year the Jews exaggerate what the
did to them. They claim there were 6 million killed, but precise
scientific research demonstrates that there were no more than 400,000'
Television, Aug. 25, 1997).
The "massacre" lie
Almost every battle wherein terrorists are killed, is called a
Jibril Rajoub (March 30, on MAHAD TV, a local television
station in Ramallah) accused Israel of carrying out a "massacre,"
executing 30 Palestinians in Ramallah. The announcement was also
broadcast on Al Jazeera and other stations.
The reality, of course, is different: in
battles which took place on that day in Ramallah, 9 Palestinians were
killed - all of them armed.
The "several priests
were killed" lie
reported on April 2, on the basis of an official announcement by the
Palestinian leadership, that a priest named Jacques Amathis had been
killed and dozens of monks wounded in an IDF action in Bethlehem. The
announcement was published prominently in the Italian and French media
and prompted a storm of protest.
The following day the
'late" priest was interviewed by the MINSA agency and confirmed that he
and the monks in the monastery were safe and well.
The "attack on holy
Arafat, in an interview to
Al Jazeera television on April 3, claimed that Israel had "burned the
mosque" opposite Santa Maria Church in Bethlehem and "destroyed many
churches and mosques." He called upon the Christian and Muslim world to
take action. MAHAD TV reported that a fire had broken out in the Omar
el-Hatib Mosque in Bethlehem and that the IDF was preventing the fire
brigade from reaching the site to extinguish the flames.
None of these charges has
any factual basis.
The WAFA (Palestinian News
Agency) Internet site reported on April 2 that the IDF had shelled the
new mosque in Tulkarm after the muezzin called people to noon prayers.
In fact, no such incident took place.
The "wanted terrorists
are innocent civilians" lie
Jibril Rajoub claimed, in
an interview with Syrian television network ANN on March 30, that the
only people in the compound of the Preventive Security Services in
Betouniya were people working for the service, women and civilians, and
that there were no wanted terrorists there.
The truth, of course, is
somewhat different. On April 2, a number of wanted terrorists were
captured in the building, including senior members of Hamas involved in
many terrorist activities.
The "attack on
On the WAFA Internet site,
it was reported on April 2 by the Palestinian Minister of Health, Riyad
Al Zanoun, that the IDF had taken control of five Palestinian ambulances
in Ramallah, forced their teams to strip, and taken them to an unknown
site, in order to prevent them from treating the wounded.
In reality, ever since an
explosive belt was discovered in a Palestinian ambulance underneath a
stretcher on which a small child was lying (end of March, at the A-Ram
check post), the IDF has been forced to act with extreme caution.
A similar charge, incidentally, was made on April 5 by Al Kuds
newspaper, which reported that a Red Crescent ambulance was seized in El
Bireh, and that IDF soldiers attacked its driver and the paramedics
traveling with him.
No such incident has ever
The "attack on
international aid workers" lie
In an interview with Abu
Dhabi television on March 29, Arafat claimed that "there was also that
incident in Hebron, that insolent and criminal incident; they even
attacked and killed in the Hebron area three members of the
international force: two from Turkey and one of the nurses from
In fact, in the incident in
question, one of the Turkish members of the force was rescued, and he
said, in a radio interview, that the attack was carried out by an
The "systematic torture
of prisoners" lie
The Al Kuds newspaper
reported on April 5 that the prisoners in Ofer Camp, near Givat Ze'ev,
undergo torture, including breaking their fingers.
This allegation too has no
Accusing Israel when
terrorist actions fail
The WAFA news agency
reported on April 6 that a person named Ali Mustafa Abu Razek, aged 30,
was shot and killed by the IDF close to the Sufa Crossing. In fact, Abu Razek was a
terrorist who was trying to place an explosive device and was blown up
together with the device.
The WAFA agency reported on
April 5 that the IDF shelled the Um Nasser neighborhood, the Al Udeh
towers and the residential areas near the Salah a Din road in the
northern Gaza Strip. The reality was somewhat
different - the mortar shells were fired by the Palestinians themselves,
but landed in their own territory.
The "spreading of
At the beginning of the
events, IDF soldiers were accused of broadcasting pornographic films on
Al Watan television in Ramallah.
This claim was thoroughly
investigated by the IDF and found to be baseless.
The "use of radioactive
Arafat has accused Israel several times of using radioactive shells.
Never was any radiation measured.
The "forging of documents" lie
On April 5 Nabil Sha'ath claimed in the Saudi
'Okaz' that Israel had forged the document seized from Arafat's office
in Ramallah indicating that the Palestinian Authority was funding the Al
Aksa Martyrs Brigade.
The document is of course authentic, and in
the meantime other documents have been found indicating the involvement
of the Palestinian Authority and of Arafat in terrorism and in its
The "Jenin massacre"
The most famous Palestinian lie of the year
2002 (up till now!) is no doubt that on the number of Palestinian
casualties as a result of the fighting in the Jenin refugee camp during
Operation Defensive Shield. After the capture of the Jenin refugee camp in
April 2002, Palestinians claimed a massacre had occurred in in the camp,
with up to 3000 deaths. Also
Arafat's Chief Liar Saeb Erekat accused
Israel of a "massacre" and published the number of
520 deaths, a
lie happily repeated by the media.
Israel claimed that about 52
Palestinians were killed, of whom the majority were terrorists. Afterwards, independent teams of
the United Nations, Human
Right Watch, Cordaid and Amnesty International confirmed the Israeli
estimations and concluded that no massacre had taken place. The UN
reported that the number of Palestinian fatalities can be estimated at
around 55. Of those, a number were civilians, four were women and two
This did not prevent BBC and
CNN to continue repeating these claims.
The "total devastation of Jenin" lie
The damage and destruction of buildings in the
Jenin refugee camp in April 2002, as a result of the fierce fighting
between Palestinian terrorists and Israel Defense Forces, was described
by the Palestinians as "total destruction of Jenin". Western media used
terms like 'Hiroshima', 'moonlandscape' etc. The Israel Air Force
published aerial pictures proving that about 6 % of the Jenin camp was
Organizing fake funerals
been taken by remote cameras of Palestinians organizing fake "funerals"
in preparation for the UN committee's visit to
Jenin. It is not difficult to guess how the UN committee's conclusions
could have been influenced by these lies.
PALESTINIAN LIES can be found at the
IDF site on this
These are just a few examples of the
Palestinian well-planned lie-campaigns and mass misinformation being
supplied to the
leading world media networks. This campaign creates a picture of Israel as
a cruel and inhumane country, which damages holy sites, persecutes first
aid agencies in contravention of the Geneva Convention and so on.
Where is the western media's moral responsibility ? How can they air such
misinformation without any proper check?