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Monday, December 20, 2010

Fame and fortune follow those who make wild accusations against settlers

From Ma'an on Saturday:
A farmer said he watched a group of settlers in the northern West Bank gather his sheep and set them on fire Saturday afternoon.

When he returned to the area, he told officials, he found 12 sheep burned alive, five with severe burns and two others that were only lightly burned. "I've lost at least $12,000," he said, calling the act abominable.

Mayor of Aqraba, the village near where the attack took place, Jawdat Bani Jabir, identified the farmer as 40-year-old Samir Muhammad Bani Fadl.

Fadil said he was out pasturing his sheep in the eastern part of the village when a group of armed settlers approached him in a white car and asked him to come and speak with them. Feeling threatened, in an area where rights organizations recorded a ballooning number of settler attacks and vandalism during the month of October, Fadil fled and watched the group from an adjacent hill.

According to the farmer's testimony, the settlers gathered all the sheep into an area thick with brush, and set fire to the bushes.
The idea of "settlers" taking the time and effort to gather sheep together specifically to burn them is too absurd for words. (Wouldn't it be easier to simply steal them? How do a few people stop 19 sheep from running away?) Beyond that, to think that these presumably religious Jews are driving around and setting fires on the Sabbath proves the story to be a fake.

But that doesn't stop the anti-Israel crowd from believing this insane story uncritically, and gives the accusers worldwide fame.

The story was reported by Uruknet, Islamic News Daily, PressTV, Ikhwanweb - and, of course, Mondoweiss.

Palestinian Arabs have long ago learned that they can make up any story about Jews and they will be uncritically believed by not only the Arab world but often by credulous NGOs like the UN and HRW. Fact checking simply doesn't exist when the bad guys are evil Zionists.