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In support of Fisk

My following letter appears in this week’s Australian Jewish News:

As an organiser of Middle East correspondent Robert Fisk’s visit to Macquarie University on March 10, it is highly unfortunate that the editorial (AJN 17/3) grossly misrepresented his speech.

It was claimed that he “stopped just millimetres short of suggesting that Israel was the cause of the 9/11 attacks” and was applauded by the audience for saying so.

In fact, he said the complete opposite on many occasions and stressed that Israel had no involvement in the crimes against humanity on September 11.

Furthermore, the suggestion that Fisk was “unchallenged” implies that his appearance would only have been appropriate with a counter pro-Zionist speaker. Next time a pro-Israeli speaker appears in Australia, I look forward to the paper advocating a pro-Palestinian perspective to ensure balance.

Finally, the history simulation courses offered by Macquarie University’s Centre for Middle East and North African Studies, of which I am a board member, may have been dropped by the NSW Education Department after pressure by Jewish groups, but all the participating schools have offered nothing but support for the programs and are at loss to explain why they have disappeared.

Antony Loewenstein
Sydney, NSW

49 comments ↪
  • Addamo

    I take my hat off to you Anthony. Good on you for facing these people off. These lies cannot be allowed to go unchallenged.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Thanks.
    Speaking of overheated Zionists…
    http://newmatilda.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=56

  • Addamo

    Come to thnk of it,

    Where did the AJN get the transcript of the speech? Was it the MP3 that you ealier linked to?

    I am also curious why the AJN or any other pro Israeli interests didn't send any kind of delegation to the lecture. Surely it was publicised and seeing as Fisk is no darling of Zionists, it woudl have been an ideal opportunity to debate him over issues they contend.

    Maybe it's easier to smear soeone when they are not looking. After all, thje last thing these peopel want is a public debate.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    I don't think they heard the speech before writing the editorial. Maybe a journalist went, or a reader and 'reported' the event. Frankly, they don't care what he says, as long as they can smear him. Proves how utterly provincal they truly are.

  • orang

    Smear and innuendo from the rear by the zionists has no downside except. The problem with engaging in debate with people who know how to point out the truth is that people around may see the light. They may start questioning "facts" that zionist have spent a long time laser tatooing into the inside of our skulls.

  • Addamo

    Righ on Orang,

    One of the APICA guys who got busted, Weisman, is famous for his descrition of a lobby group. He likened a loddy to a night flower. It flourished in the dark, but withers away in the sunlight.

    The same coudl be said the Zonist approcah to arguing their case. The last thing they want is to be scruitinised under the gaze of an audience.

  • Addamo

    Anthny,

    I just took a gander at the thread you linked to. How lame is that Knoll chap? What an impotent arguer and how utterly weak his talking points. It;s amusing to hear this guy talk about "evidence" when you yourself gave him a lesson on how to use it when you rebuted his evidence bereft attack of you.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Knoll's response is laughably inaccurate, and he probably knows it. Then again, becoming President of the NSW Board of Deputies would require nothing less than complete obedience to Israel, no ifs or buts. So much for freedom of thought.

  • John Ryan

    Antony you will realy achive fame when Ted Lapin get sooled onto you,another of the Israeli Govt Propagander Dept along with Captain Chris and Comical Ali.
    Trouble with all this criticism of Fisk is he is a damm site closer to the problem than they are,and he also tends not to believe what the Israeli Govt spinners tell him unlike others.

  • Comical_Ali

    <code>Furthermore, the suggestion that Fisk was “unchallenged” implies that his appearance would only have been appropriate with a counter pro-Zionist speaker. Next time a pro-Israeli speaker appears in Australia, I look forward to the paper advocating a pro-Palestinian perspective to ensure balance"</code>

    what a nice way of diverting responsibility & deflecting attention from the real issue. Maybe someone can correct me, but as far as I know the academic centre in question is called the "Middle East and North African Studies," not the "Islamic/Arabic lobby of Australia." And there is nothing more dishonest than conducting serious partisan lobbying under the guise of "academia" with the tax-payer footing the bill. An academic university centre like this is obliged to provide balance to its students and to outsiders. And when I say balance (eg o getting an Israeli or pro-Israel perspective), I Dont mean inviting Illan Pappe to speak.

    And you still haven’t answered my question – aside from the Tax payer footing the bill, who else gives grants and patronises this "academic centre"?

    As for the AJN allegation, I'm still at odds as to why you are getting all worked up. As said previously, a number of people have come on here to propagate Jewish 9/11 blood libels and you didnt seem to have a problem with that. On the contrary such a conspiracy theory seems to be consistant with your world view.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    John, you spoke too soon:
    http://www.aijac.org.au/review/2005/30-5/books30-

    Just wait til my book is out in August…

  • Leo Buddha

    Antony smugly opinined:

    Knoll’s response is laughably inaccurate, and he probably knows it.

    Such sweeping generalisations are demonstrably more inaccurate then what Knoll wrote.

    Unlike Fisk and probably even when talking to his natural audience, Knoll demonstrably is not a very natural and effective dog whistle politician.

    Addamo: Where (URL?) did Antony so effectively rebut Knoll?

  • Antony Loewenstein
  • Addamo

    An academic university centre like this is obliged to provide balance to its students and to outsiders. And when I say balance (eg o getting an Israeli or pro-Israel perspective), I Dont mean inviting Illan Pappe to speak.

    Who would you suggest? David Horowitz?

    As said previously, a number of people have come on here to propagate Jewish 9/11 blood libels and you didnt seem to have a problem with that. On the contrary such a conspiracy theory seems to be consistant with your world view.

    That's a lie. Creitisim of Israel does not equate to a 911 blod libel. In fact, using he term blood libel on this context is like saying that Chirstina are anti-Smeitic by vistur of their belief in teh Bible.

    Leo,

    Such sweeping generalisations are demonstrably more inaccurate then what Knoll wrote.

    What on earth is this supposed to mean? How do you measure degree of innacuracy?

    Ant linked to his rebuttal in New Matilda a few weeks ago. Perhaps he could oblige you and link to it if you ask him nicely.

  • Comical_Ali

    Alleging that Israeli workers did not show up to work at the WTC on 9/11 (in Glenn Condell's case they were "students") or that a bunch of Israelis celebrating by the Hudson river as they watched the WTC in flames, is a "criticsm of Israel?"

    I like how you guys define what legitimate criticism of Israel is.

  • Comical_Ali

    And as for "who do you suggest" be it Horowitz or not – an academic center which gets tax-payer funded money is obliged to provide balance for the sake of its students and the general public. Not one-sided views of the middle east from the likes of an Illan Pappe or a princess from the UAE, etc.

  • Allegations?

    Really?

    But more importantly:

    a. These are comments that I have made – no need to tar everyone with the same brush
    2. It seems you either don't understand what 'blood libel' means or you're trying to be dramatic or sensationalist.
    – If, for just a moment, we assume that 911 wasn't perpetrated by a bunch of Arabs with box-cutters, the Mossad finds itself pretty high on the list of potential/likely suspects
    * Allegations of Israeli involvement in no way equate to claims about the Jewish people, let alone claims of 'blood libel'.

  • Addamo

    Comical,

    an academic center which gets tax-payer funded money is obliged to provide balance for the sake of its students and the general public

    You seem to be confusing balanced and objectivity, by subscribing to the notion that it requries a Zionist with an uncomprimising stand to make these studies legitimate. Do you consider it to be more important to bring together those with extreme opinions from both sides, or those with moderate/informed opninions?

    Surely it's far more productive to involve those capabale of appreciating the arguments of thr other party. Someone who has an undertsnding of both sides of the debate is not less informed or truthful.

  • Chris

    No confusion. You just side-stepped the issue. Go back and answer or don't. Does anyone care anymore?

    Antony – This is from your link –

    "During the preparation of their chapter, Levey and Mendes solicited information from sources as far afield as Israel. Yet they never saw fit to provide AIJAC with an opportunity for a response to the grave accusations that appear in Jews and Australian Politics. For Mendes it would even have been a local telephone call.

    In a subsequent letter to the Australian Jewish News, Levey and Mendes lamely attempted to mitigate their ethical faux pas by quipping that AIJAC’s "record speaks for itself." But then the same should hold true for their other sources, some of whom have a paper trail that reveals they are cut from decidedly anti-Zionist cloth."

    Did you do the same thing? Will we read the same review do to intelectual dishonesty on your part?

  • Addamo

    No confusion. You just side-stepped the issue. Go back and answer or don’t. Does anyone care anymore?

    Perhaps you don't Chris, but who's to say? Comical seems to be concernd that a pro Israeli voice is not beig represented adequately.

  • Progressive_Atheist

    Charlie Sheen has this morning (Friday) questioned the official version of the 9/11 events. He has questioned that airplanes could have caused the twin towers to collapse as they did. He suggested that it was a controlled demolition. He has also questioned that a 747 had the manoeuverability to swerve as it did to crash into the Pentagon.

  • Comical_Ali

    Forgive my ignorance, but we cant "assume anything," since it already had been proven beyond reasonable doubt as to who was behind these terrorist attacks. Anything else (i.e Israel was behind the 9/11 attacks) is pure libel, spouted out by loony conspiracy theorists with a particular motive in mind or axe to grind.

    And a bunch of Israelis filming the event, doesnt really amount to anything. There was nothing out of the ordunary in their filiming/photographing this event – hundreds of people around NY had their cameras out. The "fact" that they were "happy" – is an unproven allegation, subsequently paraded around here as a proven fact by yourself and others. They were intially stopped and sinlged out because they looked like Arabs and their language was mistaken for Arabic. They were further detained after it had been found out they illegally overstayed their visas.

    To further say that the US/Israel ochesrtated these attacks as way of "psyching up the American public to invade Iraq," is a pure blood libel with no hyperbole attached.

    In the past, in the comments section of this very same blog, even the crucifiction of christ was invoked by the likes of Glenn Condell to describe Israel and its alleged mistreatement of Arabs. So I dont exaggerate when I use the term "blood libel."

  • Comical_Ali

    You seem to be confusing balanced and objectivity, by subscribing to the notion that it requries a Zionist with an uncomprimising stand to make these studies legitimate. Do you consider it to be more important to bring together those with extreme opinions from both sides, or those with moderate/informed opninions?

    I wouldnt call those who continaully label Israel an "aparthied state" and hold that the Arabs are absolutley blameless, as "moderate" with an informed and objective oppinion who understand both sides of the conflict. Rather they hold the type of uncompromising stand that you just mentioned. If these people from the "other-side" are continually allowed to present their uncompromising stand, than yes I do believe that a "Zionist with an uncompromising stand" should be invited to speak.

    Students have an unconditional right to hear both sides and make up their minds without being force-fed by a dishonest political lobby group posing as an academic study center on tax-payers funds.

  • Addamo

    Students have an unconditional right to hear both sides and make up their minds without being force-fed by a dishonest political lobby group posing as an academic study center on tax-payers funds.

    I agree. Let's hope the Zionist lobby heeds your advice.

  • Addamo

    The “fact” that they were “happy” – is an unproven allegation, subsequently paraded around here as a proven fact by yourself and others.

    Yeah I'm sure they were called the dancing Israeli's for nothing. Maybe it's a cuton in Israel to dance and sing while people are burning.

    Netenyahu also thought it was all quite lovely. His first reaction to 911 was to say "it's very good". Freudian slip?

  • Comical_Ali

    "Dancing Israelis"

    Here is what ABC news (courtesy of Stev) reported:

    "Maria says she saw three young men kneeling on the roof of a white van in the parking lot of her apartment building. "They seemed to be taking a movie," Maria said.
    The men were taking video or photos of themselves with the World Trade Center burning in the background, she said. What struck Maria were the expressions on the men's faces. "They were like happy, you know … They didn't look shocked to me. I thought it was very strange," she said."

    Any mention of "dancing?" This what I call libel. And "they were like happy you know…" is an allegation not to be confused as "fact". Worse is convienantly add "dancing"-
    thats when an allegation becomes an outright lie courtesy.

    If you want to see a "cuton" (whatever that means) in a place where people dance while others burn or die, than I suggest you google film clips and photos of Palestinians dancing and handing out lollies after 9/11 or every terror attack in Israel. Or better still look up media reports of muslim students getting up and dancing on tables in a school in the western suburbs of Melbourne on the day or day after the 9/11 tragedy unfolded.

  • Addamo

    Yes that's right Aomical, you walk out of your front door and the day is full of libel. Everythign is libel. Blood libel this, blood libel that.

    Do you have a dog perhaps? Ever thought of calling him…..let me think….Blod Libel? After all, we live in a blood libel world.

    What does Blod Libel meanto you Comical. Accusing an Israeli murderer of being a murderer?

  • smiths

    different topic, same myopia,
    roughly stated as 'everything the american govt says is true'

    since it already had been proven beyond reasonable doubt as to who was behind these terrorist attacks

    that is totally wrong,
    presumably you are talking about the 19 hijackers from the middle east

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/middle_east/1559

    Sunday, 23 September, 2001, 12:30 GMT 13:30 UK
    Hijack 'suspects' alive and well

    Waleed Al Shehri left the US a year ago, he says

    Another of the men named by the FBI as a hijacker in the suicide attacks on Washington and New York has turned up alive and well.

    The identities of four of the 19 suspects accused of having carried out the attacks are now in doubt.

    Saudi Arabian pilot Waleed Al Shehri was one of five men that the FBI said had deliberately crashed American Airlines flight 11 into the World Trade Centre on 11 September.

    His photograph was released, and has since appeared in newspapers and on television around the world.

    Flight 93: Ahmed Alhaznawi, Ahmed Alnami, Ziad Jarrahi and Saeed Alghamdi
    Now he is protesting his innocence from Casablanca, Morocco.

    He told journalists there that he had nothing to do with the attacks on New York and Washington, and had been in Morocco when they happened. He has contacted both the Saudi and American authorities, according to Saudi press reports.

    He acknowledges that he attended flight training school at Daytona Beach in the United States, and is indeed the same Waleed Al Shehri to whom the FBI has been referring.

    But, he says, he left the United States in September last year, became a pilot with Saudi Arabian airlines and is currently on a further training course in Morocco.

    turned out as time went by that most of the men named are still alive,
    but the FBI doesnt care, it still has the same names and same pics up http://www.fbi.gov/pressrel/pressrel01/092701hjpi
    proven beyond doubt, what a joke!

  • Addamo

    You shouldnt cloud this argument with facts Smiths. Stuff like that tends to send these guys catatonic.

    Always focus on the few that celebrated 911, never on the million plus Iranians who marched in solidarity with the US after 911 took place.

    I wonder how many peopel in Israel took the same view that Netanyahu did and danced on tables also?

  • Chris

    How many Israelis? None.

    How many Palestinians? Thousands.

    Exactly when did Smith use an actual fact?

  • Comical_Ali

    Yes, please don't cloud my agrument with "fact", because than I cant dance as well…

    Here is Spiegal Online:

    However, a few telephone calls are all it takes to destroy their zombie theories. What these investigative journalists should have done was to spend a little time listening to those whom they cite as "reputable" sources for their arguments. Take the BBC, for example, which did in fact report, on September 23, 2001, that some of the alleged terrorists were alive and healthy and had protested their being named as assassins.

    But there is one wrinkle. The BBC journalist responsible for the story only recalls this supposed sensation after having been told the date on which the story aired. "No, we did not have any videotape or photographs of the individuals in question at that time," he says, and tells us that the report was based on articles in Arab newspapers, such as the Arab News, an English-language Saudi newspaper.

    The operator at the call center has the number for the Arab News on speed dial. We make a call to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. A few seconds later, Managing Editor John Bradley is on the line. When we tell Bradley our story, he snorts and says: "That's ridiculous! People here stopped talking about that a long time ago."

    How easy it is to debunk the lies here with a couple of mouse clicks. Either that or the dancing zionists are quick to cover their tracks.

  • orang
  • Addamo

    How many Israelis? None.

    None that were being filmed by television cameras. Netanyahu probably poope dover a bottle of Dom to celebrate, but made sure there were no camera there to record it.

    How many Palestinians? Thousands.

    Thousands or hundreds? Maybe it was less than that even? Maybe it was as many as the number of Israelis who did not take their celebration to the streets but discreetly celebrated at home.

    How many Israelis came out in protest against the attacks? Zero I recall.

    How many Iranians came out in protest against the attacks? About a million.

    <code>
    Exactly when did Smith use an actual fact?
    </code>

    Actually I recall him using fact as in recalling his own personal experience working in Israel and sharing his experiences and observations. You don’t get more factual than that but true to form Chris, you came along by dismissing his opinion as irrelevant I recall.

    You seem to do that a lot lately when facts yare held up to your face. As Steve pointed out, you are pathological in your desire to dismiss the opinions and information provided by others when it does not conform to your built in software. I'm sure that in your house, water flows uphill and clocks turn backwards too.

  • Chris

    Sorry Orang, but all of your sources are basically unrelaible. They all suffer severe credibility problems.

  • Addamo

    Sorry Orang, but all of your sources are basically unrelaible. They all suffer severe credibility problems.

    Based on who's opinion? Yours?

    Whatreallyhapened.com does not report news. I links to nes items provided by the mainstream and alternative news sources. You cannot claim theuy are discredited without first disediting the sources from which it refers.

    I agree that Fox is not credbile, but it is the favourite news source of the right.

  • Chris

    "Furthermore, the suggestion that Fisk was “unchallenged” implies that his appearance would only have been appropriate with a counter pro-Zionist speaker. Next time a pro-Israeli speaker appears in Australia, I look forward to the paper advocating a pro-Palestinian perspective to ensure balance."

    Antony, I assume you mean in an academic setting, surely not at a meeting of B'nai Brith? That would mean that you would also require zionists to speak at gatherings where the main speakers describe how their Palestinian brothers will murder Jews whenever they finally get up the courage.

    You do have those type meetings, don't you? Isn't Austrailia a hot bed of activity such as that?

  • Addamo

    You do have those type meetings, don’t you? Isn’t Austrailia a hot bed of activity such as that?

    What an igorant statement comming from an ignorant mind. Hotbed of activity? Have you actually trveleld otside of North America Chris, or even outside of your state? Not including any Kibbutz you may have attended.

  • edward squire

    Chris Mar 25th, 2006 at 5:14 am

    You do have those type meetings, don’t you? Isn’t Austrailia a hot bed of activity such as that?

    Well of course it's a hot-bed of such activity. And it's all funded by federal government grants. The place is quite frankly drowning in anti-Semite groups constantly plotting the end of the Jewish population in Australia. Howard fancies himself as Hitler (despite the fact that he can't grow a mo) and I'll be damned if Bomber Beasley doesn't look more like Goering everyday.

    Okay – now let's transport ourselves back to reality. Yes! We have no hot-beds, we have no hot-beds today.

  • Tracking the 19 Hijackers

    Not quite as easy to debunk all of those 'zombie theories' with one phone call.

    This is blood libel. Read it. Learn it. Stop using the bloody term.

    The fact that the Israelis were happy is, sure, unproven, but it's why Maria called the police. Given that, as you say, hundreds of people around NY had their cameras out, there must have been something out of the ordinary to cause Maria to call the police. $4,700 in cash, two foreign passports, a box-cutter. I mean, for the love of mercy how do you ignore all of that? "Eventually, The Forward, a respected Jewish newspaper in New York, reported the FBI concluded that two of the men were Israeli intelligence operatives." Honestly, how do you just skip over all of this?

    CNN Poll Shows Four-Fifths Support Sheen

    Sure, it's an online poll, but even if you reduce the current percentage of 82% by half, that's still a lot of people doubting what has apparently been proven beyond 'reasonable doubt'. There's a lot of people out there questioning this Ali, and as Sheen proves, it's not just the tin-foil hat brigade.

  • Addamo

    There's more to it than that.

    Netenyahu's faux pas was very telling, not just because his first response when asked his feelings about 911 was that it was “very good”, but because even in his qualifying statement, he said it would generate immediate sympathy for Israel. So while the rest of the world were actually mourning the tragedy, people like Netenyahu were thinking purely in terms of how this would play out for Israel.

    That kind of myopia borders on pathological, and is evidence of the contempt in which Israel holds it’s greatest ally and the rest of the world. Pollard, the man who is serving life sentence for spying on the US on behalf of Israel, is on the record saying that the US should be fully exploited by Israel. This an had a blatant hatred of the US, yet this man is a national hero in Israel and every year, Israel lobbies to have him released.

  • Addamo

    As for the dancing Israelis, there are more parts to the story. They were working for a removal company, who's premises was visited after the arrest of the 5. Strangely enough, the owner had already closed up shop and moved to Israel before he could be questioned.

    Then there is the issue of hundreds of Mossad being caught or arrested in the US.
    http://www.la.indymedia.org/news/2003/07/74953_co

    It seems a lot of Israelis were drawing attention to themselves around the time of 911. Nearly a hundred Israelis arrested in the US after 911.
    http://www.israelinsider.com/channels/diplomacy/a

    And finally, who can forget this quote?

    "Evidence linking these Israelis to 9/11 is classified. I cannot tell you about evidence that has been gathered. It's classified information."
    US official quoted in Carl Cameron's Fox News report on the Israeli spy ring.

  • Comical_Ali

    wow, theres nothing better to back what you say, than providing links to loony conspiracy websites.

    The fact that the Israelis were happy is, sure, unproven, but it’s why Maria called the police. Given that, as you say, hundreds of people around NY had their cameras out, there must have been something out of the ordinary to cause Maria to call the police.

    Ooh, ooh, I know what it was – they must have been dancing.

    funny how you finally acknowledged that it was unproven, despite intially parading it out around as fact. But as if it wasn't bad enough already, you decided to spice up the "fact" a little by adding "dancing."

    Perhaps you should go and re-read the definition of blood libel from your own source. Accusing the Israelis of ochestrating 9/11 as a way of psyching up the American public is a blood libel.

  • I said that they were happy is unproven. But they were arrested for suspicious behavior, so clearly not only Maria thought something was fishy. You seemed to claim the whole thing never happened. Now you simply claim they weren't dancing.

    Funny how the only hole you can find in the whole story is that they weren't dancing. Like somehow 5 Israelis filming the collapse of the WTC, with large amounts of cash, passports and boxcutters in their van means nothing if the guys weren't dancing.

    I don't think any of the Arab hijackers were found to be dancing at any stage either. They mustn't have actually done it. I mean, if there was no dancing…

    Quite frankly, though, I don't remember even saying 'dancing'. I know Addamo did. Perhaps I did in another post. The point is they were witnessed cheering and celebrating. Whether they were dancing or not is quite moot.

    Had you bothered to read any of the 'loony conspiracy websites' you would see they reference CNN, CBS, LA Times, NY Times and the FBI website among other reputable sources. How the FBI loves their loony conspiracy theories, always blaming themselves for everything bad that happens.

    Blood libels are allegations that a particular group kills people as a form of human sacrifice, and uses their blood in various rituals. The alleged victims are often children.

    Blood libel refers to ritual murder. Ritual. Not mass. There was no ritual involved in 911 and the Israelis would have been hard pressed to find blood at ground zero to use in these rituals.

  • Chris

    It seems that Addamo keeps lying:

    "So while the rest of the world were actually mourning the tragedy"

    But the Palestinians were dancing in the streets. And you know the Palestinians were dancing in the streets. So you lied about the rest of the world. Why is that?

  • Addamo

    “So while the rest of the world were actually mourning the tragedy”But the Palestinians were dancing in the streets. And you know the Palestinians were dancing in the streets. So you lied about the rest of the world. Why is that?

    Where id I deny that this was happening? You said they were out in the thousands dancing. Do we have an exact number?

  • edward squire

    Chris Mar 26th, 2006 at 2:18 am

    But the Palestinians were dancing in the streets.

    Since you have a deep and abiding concern for details before making claims: we need to see the names, ages, and addresses, along with identity cards before this claim can be substantiated.

  • Chris

    Of course you do. And Addamo doesn't realize he is lying by not including the Palestinians with the rest of the world.

  • Addamo

    Canyou at lest point ot a link that confirms it was indeed thousands and not hundreds or even tens or Palestinians?

  • Chris

    Perhaps we spoke too soon in making our conclusion last week that "editorial boards across North America are determined to convey an accurate posthumous portrayal of [Yasser Arafat]." A reader alerted us that this was not the case at the University of Illinois' Daily Illini. The editors published "Not the only one," in which Joseph Danavi uses outright lies to attack the Israeli media, Ariel Sharon, and Israel in general, calling it "an offensive base for genocide."

    The Daily Illini has a history when it comes to printing falsehoods. Last year a regular columnist, Mariam Sobh, used a fabricated quote to defame Ariel Sharon. She eventually made a full apology. Amazingly, the same fabricated quote is used in this piece! This is not only an example of poor fact-checking, but a severe case of editorial malpractice.

    Wait, it gets worse. Danavi claims that "Israeli judicial courts convicted Sharon of war crimes for his direct involvement in…Sabra and Chatila and, consequently, stripped away his position as Defense Minister." In fact, Ariel Sharon was stripped of his position, as recommended by the Kahan Commission. But, he was not convicted of "war crimes." Sharon was found indirectly responsible for the killings that were carried out by a Lebanese militia.

    More fabrications appear in this article. Danavi claims that footage of Palestinians dancing in the street on September 11th, 2001 was captured by "the Israeli media, focused on spreading deception." In fact, this statement from the Reuters news agency explains that "The videotape in question was shot in East Jerusalem by a Reuters camera crew on September 11 in the immediate aftermath of the attacks on the United States." A photographer from the Associated Press also took still pictures of the same incident (see right) and had his life threatened by Palestinian authorities.

    We urge our subscribers to politely remind the Daily Illini of the embarrassment that ensued from their errors in the past. We also ask you to remind them that when an opinion piece contains claims of fact, it is an editor's responsibility to verify those claims. To print serious allegations based on total fabrications undermines the credibility of the Daily Illini and does a disservice to its readership.

    Reuters rejects as utterly baseless an allegation being circulated by e-mail and the Internet claiming that it circulated 10-year-old videotape to illustrate Palestinians celebrating in the wake of the September 11 tragedies in the United States.

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    RESOURCES

    CNN statement about false claim it used old video

    Reuters welcomes a statement by the Universidad Estatal de Campinas-Brasil (UNICAMP), one of whose students was the author of the original e-mail, setting the record straight.

    The videotape in question was shot in East Jerusalem by a Reuters camera crew on September 11 in the immediate aftermath of the attacks on the United States. The footage was broadcast by CNN and other subscribers to the Reuters video news service.

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    (CNN asks that you copy and e-mail this statement to whomever asks about it.)

    There is absolutely no truth to the information that is now distributed on the Internet that CNN used 10-year-old video when showing the celebrating of some Palestinians in East Jerusalem after the terror attacks in the U.S. The video was shot that day by a Reuters camera crew. CNN is a client of Reuters and like other clients, received the video and broadcast it. Reuters officials have publicly made the facts clear as well.

    The allegation is false. The source of the allegation has withdrawn it and apologized. It was started by a Brazilian student who now says he immediately posted a correction once he knew the information was not true. This is the statement by his university — UNICAMP — Universidad Estatal de Campinas-Brasil.

    Again, please read this — and copy it — and send it to anyone you know who may have the false information. Thank you.

    OFFICIAL STATEMENT by Universidad de Campinas-Brasil

    17/09/01

    UNICAMP (Universidad Estatal de Campinas-Brasil) would like to announce that it has no knowledge of a videotape from 1991, whose images supposedly aired on CNN showing Palestinians celebrating the terrorist attacks in the U.S. The tape was supposedly from 1991, and there were rumors that the images were passed off as current.

    This information was later denied, as soon as it proved false, by Márcio A. V. Carvalho, a student at UNICAMP. He approached the administration today, 17.09.2001, to clarify the following:

    — the information he got, verbally, was that a professor from another institution (not from UNICAMP) had the tape;

    — he sent the information to a discussion group e-mail list;

    — many people from this list were interested in the subject and requested more details;

    — he again contacted the person who first gave him the information and the person denied having the tape;

    — the student immediately sent out a note clarifying what happened to the people from his e-mail list.

    The original message, however, was distributed all over the world, often with many distortions, including a falsified by-line article from the student. He affirms that a hacker attacked his domain. Several E-mails have been sent on his behalf and those dating from 15.09.2001 should be ignored.

    Among the distortions is the fact that UNICAMP would be analyzing the tape, which is absolutely false. The administration considers this alert definitive and will be careful to avoid new rumors.