Friday, July 8, 2011

Reuters fictionalizes nature of 2010 Gaza flotilla, attributes fantasy to "anonymous" Israeli official

One year and over 100 story iterations later, Reuters is still peddling the fantasy that the Mavi Marmara, the ship where dozens of Turks allied with the Islamist group İnsani Yardım Vakfı (IHH) attempted to lynch Israeli marines, was merely trying to ferry "aid" to Palestinians in Gaza.  And this time, correspondent Dan Williams attributes his fictionalized account to an anonymous Israeli official:
(Reuters) - A U.N. report on Israel's bloody seizure of a Turkish ship trying to carry aid to Gaza will be published on July 27 after delays to enable talks between Israel and Turkey, an Israeli official said on Thursday.
As we've noted too many times to recount, inspection of the Mavi Marmara cargo bays following the incident revealed no humanitarian aid on board.

The notion that the ship was carrying aid is a myth, a misrepresentation, a canard, a fabrication, a crude piece of wartime propaganda, a bald-faced lie.  And the attempt to subtly shift responsibility for that bald-faced lie to an anonymous source, an Israeli source, is also highly unethical and a violation of both the Reuters Trust Principles and Handbook of Journalism.

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