Gaza Flotilla: “The New Yorker” Flouts the Facts

11 Jun

Writing in The New Yorker on the second anniversary of the Gaza Flotilla incident, Jenna Krajeski presents a shocking one-sided flouting of basic facts:

(1) The New Yorker refers to the sponsor of the Flotilla, IHH, as “the Turkish aid organization.”

More accurately, IHH is known for its close ties to Hamas, Hezbollah and al-Qaeda. Holland-based Teltarif newspaper reported that one of the dead activists, Amin Abou Rashed, was the local Hamas leader.

IHH is outlawed in Germany and Israel for its terror-related activities, and is an unindicted co-conspirator to groups found guilty of helping plan terror attacks in the U.S. IHH was even shunned by Turkey’s former secular regime.

But for The New Yorker, IHH is simply a “Turkish aid organization.”

(2) The New Yorker contends that videos from the event “counter claims that the activists who’d been aboard were armed.”

“Unarmed,” really? Every video I’ve ever seen shows Israeli soldiers rappelling onto the ship’s deck and immediately being attacked with lethal weapons – steel pipes, wooden clubs and knives, as well as slingshots designed to invoke the imagery of the tiny stone-throwing David against the mighty gunships of the Israeli Goliath. Photos clearly show so-called “activists” wielding a pistol and an automatic weapon.

The “activists” stabbed, beat and shot the soldiers, leaving 10 Israelis wounded – two in critical condition with gunshot wounds, and others with broken bones and a fractured skull.

But for The New Yorker, it is still possible to “counter claims that the activists were armed.”

(3) The New Yorker claims that the boat “carried aid to Gaza” and had its “cargo confiscated.”

Actually, Israeli authorities offered to unload the ship at the Ashdod port, inspect the cargo, and then deliver it overland to Gaza. Spokesmen for the Free Gaza movement refused – preferring instead a confrontation that would make headlines.

If anyone still harbored illusions, flotilla organizer Greta Berlin made it clear: “This mission is not about delivering humanitarian supplies.” Indeed, after the Mavi Marmara cargo was checked by Israeli inspectors and loaded onto trucks for delivery to Gaza, Hamas refused to accept the goods.

As Mark Twain said, “A lie told well is immortal”… and the lies are thriving in The New Yorker. (Read the full article here.)

Tragically, these are more than just factual inaccuracies or a PR issue. These myths remain firmly engraved in popular lore, fomenting an atmosphere of mistrust that will linger for decades, ultimately undermining the possibility of peaceful coexistence. As one Palestinian woman said following an event fueled by similar misinformation in Jenin: “We’ll never forget this massacre. This is similar to the Holocaust. We will teach our generations not to forget this.”

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3 Responses to “Gaza Flotilla: “The New Yorker” Flouts the Facts”

  1. Minna Feather June 14, 2012 at 8:34 am #

    I may be a little late, but to whom can we address our outrage?? Do you have a name of an editor at the New Yorker?

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