Monday, March 07, 2005

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Doublespeak of the Day - AP Report on Attack in Hebron

Have we truly entered the era of George Orwell and 1984? Doublespeak at it's best:

AP - Palestinians Open Fire at Israel Army Post

Palestinian militants shot and wounded two Israeli border policemen Monday in an attack on a military post near a West Bank shrine, the latest attempt to disrupt a delicate cease-fire.

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, reacting to the attack, said Jews would continue to live and pray in Hebron, endorsing the settler presence in the tense city.

Article here.


That happened, or, maybe this happened...

Shortly before 9:00am, an Arab terrorist sprayed gunfire at Israelis standing at the entrance to the Machpela Cave, the tomb of the Biblical Patriarchs in Hevron. Four people were injured including a Border Guard soldier who sustained serious wounds.

The terrorist emerged from the crowded Hevron kasba market to perpetrate the attempted murder.

Article here.


So, either a military post near a shrine was attacked or the enterance to the 2nd most holy site in Judaism was sprayed with automatic gunfire (the guards jumping to the front to protect the worshippers, getting shot in the process), with the attacker taking advantage of Jewish & Western sensibilities by firing from inside a crowd to prevent response (as of course Jewish soldiers aren't going to slaughter a crowd to get at 1 attacker, even at the cost of their own lives).

And the Prime Minister stating that Jews will continue to pray at the Tomb of the Patriarchs, the 2nd most holy site in Judaism, the site specifically mentioned in the bible as personally purchased by Abraham for family and generational use (the ultimate property deed), is "endorsing the settler presence"???

The AP article is despicable. Even Reuters (article here) was reasonable (at least in comparison to the AP).

(Cross posted to Israpundit and Mystical Paths.)

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