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November 22, 2012 12:07 pm
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Russia Today Continues its Anti-Israel Propaganda, Going Even Further Than Arab TV

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Russia Today, a television network funded by the Russian government, has stepped up its anti-Israel propaganda in the past week to an unparalleled level. A notable example is Abby Martin, a presenter on RT, who has a long history of making incendiary anti-Israel comments on her program “Breaking the Set”. Her statements range from wild exaggerations to outright falsehoods. Some of these comments are so blatantly and almost embarrassingly false, with presenters making allegations that even Arab TV channels don’t make. Here is an analysis of her statements made on yesterday’s program:

MARTIN: “Every single military age citizen in Israel is forced to serve in the IDF”

FACT: Military service is voluntary for Israeli-Arabs (with the exception of Druze men).

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MARTIN: “Gazans armed with homemade rockets…”

FACT: Iranian supplied rockets such as the Fajr-5 have been used to attack Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

MARTIN: “Israel receives over $3 billion a year in U.S. military aid, that’s more foreign aid than what the U.S. gives to every other country in the world combined”

FACT: Here is a list of just some of the countries receiving U.S. aid: Afghanistan – $10 to $20 billion for reconstruction, training the Afghan military and debt write-off (most of it is listed separately from the foreign aid budget). Egypt – $2 billion, Pakistan – $2 billion, Colombia – $1 billion, Mexico – $1 billion, Palestinians – $800 million (directly and through the UN), Jordan – $500 million.

MARTIN: “Israel continues its 6 decade long illegal and aggressive military occupation of Gaza”
FACT: Egypt illegally occupied Gaza in 1948. Israel captured Gaza in 1967 in a defensive war. Israel left Gaza in 2005.

Abby Martin also compared the proportionality of the respective Israeli and Palestinian death tolls. She should take a look at how Russia acted during the conflicts in Afghanistan and Chechnya. The death tolls were far from proportional:
Soviet war in Afghanistan deaths: 15,000 Soviets (all military). 1-2 million Afghans (mostly civilians).
Deaths from two Chechan wars: 15,000 to 20,000 Russians (all military). 100,000 to 200,000 Chechans (mostly civilians).

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  • Matthew Stroben

    I did like RT news until I started hearing this outright lies about Israel. If this is real news I will go elsewhere.

  • petraothniel

    the arab-israel conflict are best left for them to decide given the best advice from the global community since more arab nations are seriously joining the nuclear club infrastructure.However,the US will be collateral damage either way.

  • Jayson Rex

    THROUGHOUT ITS HISTORY, BE IT THE TSARIST OR THE STALINIST VERSION OF RUSSIA, THAT COUNTRY WAS KNOWN TO BE, TOGETHER WITH POLAND, THE APEX OF ANTISEMITISM.

    ALL THINGS CONSIDERED, PUTIN IS TRYING HARD TO LURE THE MUSLIM NATIONS IN HIS ORBIT HOPING THAT THEY WILL PROVIDE RUSSIAN ECONOMY WITH FINANCIAL SUPPORT. HIS FALSE SYMPATHY FOR THE ISLAMIC TERRORISTS (THAT GIVE RUSSIA PLENTY OF HEADACHES) CONVINCES NO ONE.

    QUITE FRANKLY, THE ONLY THINK THAT MATTERS IS ISRAEL’S DECISION NEVER TO ALLOW A TERRORIST STATE TO BECOME ITS NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR. MUCH LESS TWO STATES, AS MATTERS TRULY STAND NOW. PEACE TALKS CAN RESUME ONLY AFTER ALL ARAB/MUSLIM COUNTRIES RECOGNIZE ISRAEL. ALL MEANS ALL.

  • Hi Lakkana. I was wondering if you can tell me about this…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jihcri3UU9o

    And this…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hI_k9Xt00YE

    And about some of the allegations brought forward by Sibel Edmonds. Her book is getting rave reviews…

    http://www.amazon.com/Classified-Woman-Sibel-Edmonds-Story/dp/0615602223

    Thanks.

    • jay kay

      Lakkana can’t explain – he is just nothing but an attack dog for the Zionist to discredit The Russian News Agency – These Zionist should just keep their mouths shut and stop trying to intimidate people teling the truth – they’ll just ge Russia Today more publicity and traffic!

      • Joe

        “but RT has made a perfectly respectable entry into the American news market.”

        Russia Today is a joke. It is nothing but a propaganda machined financed by the Russian government and the KGB. They rarely if ever tell the truth, and this article completely exposes some of the bullsh*t they’re shoveling. You can’t handle it because you’re a worthless idiot.

        So do yourself a favor and shut up.

      • Jay Kay:-
        Should learn to keep his Jew-hating poisonous mouth shut, he is nothing but a venomous totally ignorant eager Beaver for Russia.
        Russia should know that they are no angels, how do you think they keep their own Muslims in order in the Caucasus by suppressing them with ultimate terror.
        Israel is constantly under attack from Palestinian-Arab terrorists who are hell bent on destroying the Jewish State together with her People. They do not want peace, therefore they will get no peace.

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