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Monday, September 15, 2008

Who fires rockets at Sderot? AP is clueless

From AP:

Israeli children gather at the site where a rocket, allegedly fired by Palestinian militants in Gaza, landed in the southern town of Sderot Sunday, Sept. 14, 2008. Police say a rocket fired by Palestinian militants in Gaza has exploded in an Israeli town just across the border fence. They say the rocket hit an open area in the town of Sderot. It set a fire, but no one was hurt. It was the first rocket attack in nearly three weeks. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the rocket attack.

(AP Photo / Tsafrir Abayov)
"Allegedly fired by Palestinian militants"? Does this mean that AP is leaving open the possibility that Israelis are firing rockets at each other and blaming it on Arabs from Gaza, which only the looniest of the loonies claim? Or perhaps they don't consider people who shoot potentially fatal rockets targeting civilains to be "militant" enough to be called militants?

It's not like AP can see where the rocket landed; they can only claim that the Israeli police say that the rocket landed in Sderot. It is of course possible that those notoriously unreliable Israeli police are lying and they just took one of the old rockets out of inventory and placed it there for the benefit of the AP photographer - you can never be sure! And the person who suffered from shock and was hospitalized - could be fake. You never know.

And the fact that Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for this attack? Well, that didn't make the deadline, and only when Palestinian Arab terrorists say something can you report it as fact.