Monday, April 11, 2011

Palestinians boast of 100% power connectivity; Reuters blamed Israel for "depriving" Palestinians of electricity three months ago

Like a hit-and-run driver who never looks back at those killed and maimed by his reckless behavior, Reuters is infamous for picking up the flimsiest story intended to defame Israel, selling it to hundreds of media outlets for publication, and never again revisiting the story despite the revelation of facts which discredit the original report.  The damage done to the people of Israel by such irresponsible journalism is incalculable.

For example, just over three months ago, Reuters was busy parroting a report by Human Rights Watch that claimed:
"Israeli policies in the West Bank harshly discriminate against Palestinian residents, depriving them of basic necessities while providing lavish amenities for Jewish settlements," the New York-based organization said [...]
Israel was carrying out "systematic discrimination merely because of (Palestinians') race, ethnicity and national origin, depriving them of electricity, water, schools and access to roads."
We pointed out at the time that the Palestinian Authority is responsible for providing electricity to Palestinians living in Judea and Samaria (the "West Bank"), much of this purchased from Israeli companies.  The one case of Israel rejecting an application to connect Palestinians to the power grid was that of a village of 150 people which Human Rights Watch and Reuters then absurdly generalized to accuse Israel of "systematic discrimination" against the Palestinians by "depriving them of basic necessities". 

Fast forward to today and a Reuters story about Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad preparing to present a report to countries donating over a billion dollars a year to the Palestinian Authority and Hamas.  According to Reuters, Fayyad's report touts the use of European and American taxpayer funds "to create justice, education, energy, health, water, security and housing services".

The money line?
Fayyad said his government had connected all Palestinian residential areas, including remote ones, to the electricity grid, and paved and fixed 2,250 km (1,400 miles) of streets.
From utter deprivation to full service in three months.  Astonishing!

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