Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Reuters still lying about Gaza flotilla

Nearly 16 months on, Reuters correspondents are still lying, still misleading readers about the 2010 Gaza flotilla incident.  In a story about the deteriorating relationship between Turkey and Israel and efforts by the U.S. to heal this rift, Arshad Mohammed writes:
Israel's May 2010 raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla killed nine Turkish citizens and the idea of future Turkish naval escorts raise the possibility of a military confrontation between two major U.S. allies in the Middle East.
For the umpteenth time, there was no aid on board the Turkish ship where passengers representing the Islamist İnsani Yardım Vakfı (IHH) attempted to lynch the Israeli boarding party with knives, iron rods, and chains.  Which may explain why:
Israel's refusal to apologize for the flotilla incident has angered Turkey, an ally of the United States through the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and a growing economic power.
Mohammed willfully omits every historical detail exonerating Israel from wrongdoing in the incident including the findings of the United Nations Palmer report which concluded that the Israeli maritime embargo of the Gaza Strip was fully legal and that passengers were seeking a violent confrontation.

Mohammed also understates nearly universal recognition of Hamas as a terrorist group by citing only Israel and the U.S. as those countries which identify the regime as such.  In fact, dozens of other countries, including the entire European Union, officially classify Hamas as a terrorist group.

Mohammed refers to Israeli military action in Gaza in 2008, which sought to stop thousands of rockets fired by Hamas into civilian communities, as an "offensive" and the Reuters correspondent parrots (sans quotation marks) Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan calling Israel "a spoiled client of the West".

In other words, a typical day at the keyboard for a Reuters "journalist". 

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