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January 19, 2015 12:39 pm

CNN Distorts Facts on Settler Violence, Smears All Israelis

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Recently, a film crew from CNN’s Middle-East Bureau paid a visit to Caliber 3, the Israeli Counter Terrorism and Security Academy – a privately owned enterprise located in the industrial area of Gush Etzion. The visit was pre-arranged with the management, who were told that CNN was running a piece on settlers who, in the wake of the surge of recent terrorist attacks against them, feel the need for personal defensive training. CNN called the item “Israelis Learn Self-Defense.” It was uploaded to the CNN website on January 2.

The CNN team filmed a class of ten adult men and women. That day’s lesson focused on warding off knife attacks. The report included a few seconds of footage of an actual fatal stabbing attack captured by security cameras at the entrance to the nearby community of Alon Shvut, with this voiceover: “Last November, a Palestinian man went on a rampage with a knife in a nearby settlement bloc. He’s taken down eventually, but not before killing one person and injuring three others.”

The knife wielding murderer is deemed by the CNN editor to be “a man,” not a terrorist, not even the usual “militant.” The nameless “one person,” neither man nor woman, who was “killed” that day (maybe by a falling rock, but not murdered in cold blood), had a name. She was Dalia Lemkus.

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Viewers learn of the “United Nations recording more than 200 attacks against Israeli settlers in 2014.” Israelis, it appears, are on the receiving end of Palestinian violence.

Then, however, comes the switch – and the piece’s intended message. Israeli settlers, it seems, are responsible, according to UN statistics, for more than 300 attacks against Palestinians in the same year. But whereas Palestinian attacks against “settlers” are purposefully violent and carried out with intent to kill, the vast majority of “settler attacks” on record are against Palestinian property -in other words, vandalism. CNN fails to make this distinction.

To demonstrate settler violence, the report singles out the story Yusef Machaleil, who was purportedly murdered by a settler in 2011 when he was 15 years old. CNN reporter Ian Lee brings us into his family’s home and offers viewers a touching and personal description of this victim.

Of course, CNN paid no visit to the homes and parents of the nameless Israeli victims. Viewers next witness the boy’s mother spitefully saying, “There is no justice in Israel. Palestinians are attacked and killed every day.” This hyperbolic and untrue statement goes unchallenged.

CNN’s camera returns to Caliber 3 for the final scene of the report, where the Israeli class stands abreast, each student extending a mock pistol, aiming as if to shoot. The CNN camera is positioned in front of one of the students whose fake gun points directly into the lens. This militant image contrasts with the former pacific scene of Yusef’s father, an elderly farmer, speaking to the CNN reporter from his peach grove.

The true thrust of this story is Israeli power and Palestinian weakness. The message is conveyed via imagery and emotion. While reporter Ian Lee concludes that “each side may pose a danger to the other,” it is made clear to CNN’s viewers that it’s only the dominant and better equipped Israeli settlers, not the Palestinians, who possess the means to do so.

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  • Larry A. Singleton

    Get a decent PRINT FUNCTION!!!!

  • Sofia Bain

    I feel for Wolf Blitzer at CNN – I used to like watching this station – but now, since they are so anti-semitic and anti-Israel, and distorting the news, is too much for us.
    We will not listen to CNN –
    Shame on them – Enough of blaming the Israelis for everything, this poor Country is trying to protect itself.
    Wouldn’t the USA or other Countries do the same?

  • martin

    why would any Israelis allow cnn into Israel this is an anti Israeli station

    • Lorena

      It enrages me. I mean, how stupid can one be? They’re playing into the hands of people doesn’t care to see them dead. Of course they’re going to manipulate everything they give them.

  • Lauren Goldman

    The only difference between CNN and New York Times is that one is broadcast and the other is print. CNN, NYT = anti-Semitism.

  • charlie johnson

    In the USA the government forced the cigarette makers to put a warning label on each package of cigarettes to inform the buyer that this product is harmful to their health.Maybe a label can be placed on the bottom of the screen when CNN comes on to inform the viewer that this CNN manure stinks a lot.

  • Mickey Oberman

    Why is CNN or its representatives allowed into Israel

    As obvious enemies of the state they should be banned from it in perpetuity.

    Their unfair, untrue. grossly biased reports are lethal weapons that must be stopped. Theirs is not a free press talking. It is vile weaponry pointed at the heart of Israel.

  • Israel does not have to defend its’ legitimacy! r3
    Israel’s rights to the land is ingrained in history, archeological findings, international law and possession. Just like the Arab States have not been required to defend their legitimacy, Israel should also not be required to defend its’ legitimacy. The 21 Arab States and the State of Israel were set up by the Allied Powers after WWI, when the Ottoman Empire relinquished its title to the territories to the Allied Powers. The British were assigned as trustee for the Jewish people to help reconstitute the Jewish State as Implemented by the San Remo Treaty of 1920. The San Remo Treaty adopted the Balfour Declaration of 1917. Of importance is the fact treaty terms and documents prove there was no state allocation of land to any other people or nation other than the Jewish people in Israel. It should also be noted the League of Nations set up the Mandate for Palestine as a State for the Jewish people with exclusive political rights.
    The Jewish people who lived in Israel for over 4,000 had additional Jewish immigration in the mid 1800. The local Jewish people with the infusion of more Jewish immigration, resources, funding and with the explicit permission by the Ottoman government, started developing the land. Within a short time the Jewish people started turning the desert and desolation into green pastures, thus, building an economy, agriculture, housing and industry. Many Arabs from neighboring depressed states who viewed this development as an opportunity for work and an improved standard of living, came to work in Palestine.
    Over the past 68 years Israel has become a thriving nation with exemplary innovation in education, technology, high tech industry and medicine. Many nations admire Israel’s outstanding development and innovation. Israel has always been extending a helping hand to any nation that wants to learn and advance in industry, technology and medicine.
    The Arab-Palestinians saw an opportunity to get land and a country that was developed and flourished by the Jewish people. They decided that through intimidation, harassment and violence to usurp the Jewish habitants into capitulating to their scheme of an Arab-Palestinian State on Land allocated to the Jewish people . The Arab-Palestinians live on charity from the nations of the world. They are unwilling to help themselves. After the 1967 war when Israel defeated the 5 Arab armies who tried to destroy it, Israel started employing many of the Arabs in the liberated Jewish territory, educating them in agriculture and water resources. In the following years the standard of living of the Arabs jumped 5 fold and more, and their economy and housing blossomed. When the terrorist organization entered the picture and instigated the Arab population to start terror and violence against the Israelis, the economic advancement was slowed down if not halted. The dire predicament of the Arab-Palestinians is of their own making.
    If you look at Arab land it is desolate and barren, with few exceptions. At the same time, the Jewish land is blooming and developing at an accelerated tempo. The Arabs, rather than follow the example set by Israel, tried to take the Jewish land by force and lost 4 wars in a span of 25 years.
    The Arab-Palestinians current actions in the political and legal arena is a result of losing 4 wars and various battles with Israel. They not only could not win ground, but in fact have caused themselves a downward spiral toward economic desolation.
    The Arab-Palestinians have switched tactics and have now gained more ground and concessions by playing the peace game. The Arab-Palestinians obfuscation and disinformation campaign along with various pleadings in front of the U.N. and other International bodies has gained them more inroads. The power of oil and the Arab Countries, who do not want the Arab-Palestinians to return to their countries, are helping them promote the false information, and utilizing their numerical control in the U.N. to pass any resolution that they deem necessary to advance their cause.
    Money, power and greed promoted hate and anti-Semitism by the Arabs in order to force Israel into surrendering territory to the Arab-Palestinians. The Arabs are trying to initiate land piracy camouflaged as legal rights to the land of Israel.
    Jewish resistance to persecution by the Arabs and the world at large: Any level headed individual would think that after WWII and the 6 million Jews exterminated in the Holocaust (plus another 5 million of other ethnic groups) would diminish, if not eliminate anti-Semitism and baseless hatred. It seems that no matter the amount of unwarranted persecution, and no matter the sacrifices the Jewish people have endured through the ages, Anti-Semitism continues to raise its ugly head.
    The Media is guilty of escalating hostilities and violence in Israel and elsewhere. The Media has a responsibility to deliver fair and unbiased reporting. They influence the information that people rely on. It is an awesome responsibility and it must be handled with factual un-slanted reporting. Peoples lives depend on it; maybe yours or someone you love. I would like your comments and input.
    The affects on the world at large: Has humanity lost its values and fairness? The answer is no. In order to lose something, one must first possess it and the truth is, the world has never had total control of values and fairness. In today’s world, where money and power is pursued at all costs (see Machiavelli) , the core family unit is disintegrating and family values deteriorating. Honesty, integrity and fair-play seem to be a thing of the past. Where are we as human beings of the 21st century heading? Obviously downward.
    Take some time to reflect on the truth of what is stated here. Do you really want this kind of world for your children? Senseless hate and destruction must not be tolerated. I urge you to wake up, take the bull by the horn and pursue a path of correction, or we are doomed as a civilized people.
    YJ Draiman

  • steven L

    Clancy, Stelter and now this!

  • steven L

    Without ETHICS there is no survival.

  • Jay

    I can’t understand why the Israeli government doesn’t bar organizations such as CNN, BBC from reporting from Israel. These organizations are doing great harm to the State of Israel and should not be allowed entry into the country.

  • Shalom-Hillel

    This is pure propaganda and it has totally dominated media coverage in Europe, poisoning the European population against Israel and against the Jewish people. it is happening in the US as well, but not yet to the same degree.

  • Michael

    So what’s new? Do you live in a cave? CNN has been reporting the “news” in the Middle East from a Palestinian perspective for year’s. This should come as no surprise to anyone as the base of CNN’s viewers are anti-israel liberal/progressive Democrats. Actually, an anti-israel stand these days is quite the fashion (Thank You President Oblahbla) and quite a convenient cover for an underlying infection of anti-semetism.

  • Yes, the media spin for ratings not for news. I am saddened for the situation in Paris this last week. Were you aware during that same time period, BOCO HARAM murdered many more than those in Paris but not one shred of reporting was done on that. Why? I guess gone are the day of Cronkite, Huntley, Winchell and so forth. They just reported what the news was. News now is entertainment.

  • judithg

    cnn is desperate for ratings. it is a corrupt organization without honor or integrity. just like the nytimes it will sink into its own self-created stinking cesspool with their muslim brudders.

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