The BDS-Holes Who Dug Themselves A Deep Hole

CAMERA brings to our attention the case of a couple of BDS-holes who killed off a palestinian girl.

Sandra O’Neill (center, holding water bottle) PHOTO COURTESY OF EMILY ALMA & SANDRA O’NEILL

Caught red-handed in a blatant lie, a couple of BDS activists in California are digging themselves into an ever deeper hole. On Nov. 24, BDS activist Sandra O’Neill, who had recently returned from a three-week trip to the West Bank and Israel claimed in the Chico News and ReviewNov. 24, “While I was there two Palestinian children, ages 6 and 4, were shot and killed by trigger-happy watchtower guards because they were playing too close to the 30-foot-high separation wall.”

CAMERA earlier documented the falsehood, examining detailed reports issued by the United Nations’ Office for the Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the Palestinian Center for Human Rights showing that no civilians, of any age, were killed. The News and Review today published a CAMERA column addressing the falsehood. Not to be deterred, however, Emily Alma, O’Neill’s BDS colleague and trip co-traveller, also published in today’s paper. In her letter-to-the-editor, she kills off a living Palestinian girl in her effort to cover for her lying compatriot. 

Alma pretends that an Al-Haq report states that a child was killed Oct. 25. In fact, the report in question says no such thing. Alma writes:

The Nov. 3, 2011, issue of Al-Haq reports, “On October 25 four-year-old Asil Mahmoud ‘Arar’ra was shot in the neck while she was playing about a hundred meters away from the wall. Asil was first taken to the emergency center in ‘Anata, but her injury was too severe and doctors were unable to treat her and called for an ambulance. The ambulance was unable to enter through the ‘Anata-Shu’fat checkpoint due to traffic and the failure of Israeli soldiers to facilitate its entry. Several minutes later, Israeli soldiers finally allowed Asil’s grandmother and a nurse from the clinic to carry Asil across the checkpoint into the waiting ambulance.” Asil died of her wounds in the hospital.” (Emphasis added.)

Everything that Alma quoted directly from the Al-Haq report, which she sets off with quotation marks, does in fact appear in the document. But she then fabricates, stating, “Asil died of her wounds in the hospital.” In fact, the Al-Haq report states: “Doctors found that her spinal cord had been severed at the fourth and fifth vertebrate as a result of her gunshot wound, leaving her paralyzed from the neck down.” While ‘Ara’ra’s reported injury is horrific, it in no way substantiates O’Neill’s fabrication that two children were “shot and killed by trigger-happy watchtower guards.” Furthermore, the circumstances behind the girl’s injury are unclear, and it is not known that Israeli soldiers are responsible. As the United Nations’ Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs stated in its weekly report about Israeli-Palestinian conflict, “Also this week, a four-year-old Palestinian girl from the Bedouin community of ‘Anata village (Jerusalem governorate) was injured in the neck by live ammunition. Circumstances of the incident and identity of the perpetrator are still unclear” (“Protection of Civilians Weekly Report,” Oct. 19-25, 2011).

And here I was thinking they only murdered music.

Update: According to this site:

Emily Alma and Sandra O’Neill are available to give presentations on their Palestine experience—contact Alma at 893-3530

Just saying.


David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media

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