Latest Blood Libel: The Case of the Kidnapping “Settlers”

The Palestinian Information Center reports on a supposed kidnap attempt by “settlers.”

Palestinian residents of the northern West Bank city of Nablus managed on Wednesday to foil an Israeli settlers’ attempt to kidnap two children from Madama town south of the city.

Local activist Ghassan Duglas affirmed that 12 settlers from Yitzhar settlement infiltrated into the town and kidnapped two children while playing near their house.

The two children were identified as Hossam Ziadeh, 10, and Taha Ziadeh, 8.

Fortunately, local youths managed to catch up the settlers before reaching their settlement and to save the two children.

Following the incident, violent clashes broke out between local residents and the settlers who later fled the scene under Israeli forces’ protection.

A clue that this is a lie (besides the fact it seems highly unlikely to begin with) is the photo accompanying the story, which is supposed to evoke images of “settlers” either torturing or trying to capture a palestinian child. I have dealt with this photo before here – it is actually a photo of “settlers” trying to pull a fellow “settler” as he is dragged away by border policemen.

The proof this is a lie is the fact the supposed incident is reported also on anti-Israel site The New Arab – and the stories do not match up.

Palestinian villagers thwarted an attempt by Israeli settlers to kidnap two Palestinian children in the village of Madma south of Nablus on Wednesday, it was reported by al-Araby al-Jadeed.

The head of the village council, Ehab Qat, told al-Araby that a number of settlers from the nearby settlement of Yitzhar stormed the village and attempted to kidnap the two children, aged between 10 and 14, as they were tending to sheep in the eastern outskirts of the village.

Local sources said that the settlers, while in the presence of Israeli forces, followed the two children, who retreated back to their homes.

Another source told Quds Press that clashes broke out following the kidnapping attempt, during which Israeli forces launched gas and sound bombs at locals.

Now let’s compare the stories.

In the Palestinian Information Center version, the “settlers” actually succeeded in kidnapping two children aged 8 and 10 (who were playing near their house), but locals freed the children. In the New Arab version, the “settlers” tried to kidnap two children aged 10 and 14 (who were tending to sheep), but did not succeed.

In other words, what we have here is yet another blood libel, easily disprovable by virtue of the fact the palestinians cannot keep track of their lies.

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