Anti-Israel Blood Libel of the Day: The Hanging Palestinian Kids
Detestable Israel hater Norman Finkelstein prides himself on his fact-checking (not to mention his sense of fashion). But the truth is, he couldn’t check a fact if it bit him on the tuchus.
A few days ago,
he a page dedicated to him posted this on Facebook:
Update: Reader Tomer notes that the page that published this is not operated by Finkelstein but rather a page setup to increase his awareness. Nevertheless, I stand by my opening paragraph about his fact-checking abilities.
As we know, the residents of Judea and Samaria (commonly referred to as “settlers”) are unfairly maligned, the product of untrue accusations and libels. For example, remember this one?
And what we have here, is yet another example.
The earliest instance of this photo I was able to locate is from this Facebook post of June 2011, by an Arabic speaker.
While the context is not clear, what seems to be clear is that it is not of children hung on a fence by Israeli settlers. Because if it was, you’d be sure that would be mentioned. Heck, we do not even know in which country it was taken.
The comment to a later Facebook post, in which the poster seemed to be checking for its context, might provide more insight.
It seems to be indicating that the man is abusing the kids rather than, say, saving them from the evil clutches of “settlers.” Again, no idea where this supposedly took place.
So while the Norman Finkelstein page operator claim this photo of a “Palestinian man removing children hung on the fence by Israeli settlers” breaks their heart, it is their brain they need to be using.
Not that they use their heart at all when it comes to Israeli Jews.
Update 16/3/2023: According to this article in Arabic:
The publisher of the photo is Mashhour Qasim from the village of Deir Ballut. He told Watan , “I was playing with the children, and they are my sister’s sons. I posted the photo on my personal page in 2011. The children are Osama and Eban, and they are 3 years older than they were.”
Hat tip: Gnasher Jew