Mainstream Media Finally Reports (Badly) About Antisemitic Doctor Fidaa Wishah

fidaa wishah profileThe mainstream media is finally reporting about antisemitic doctor Fidaa Wishah – after being seemingly asleep at the wheel for the best part of a week – now that she was fired from Phoenix Children’s Hospital and CAIR and some law firms are gearing up to fight her dismissal.

Although, if the coverage of one such outlet – azcentral – is anything to go by, perhaps it would be better if they left the reporting to me. Their report on her actions and firing is disgraceful.

It starts with a description of her post – rather than showing the actual screenshot.

The Arizona chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, along with several law firms, is representing a doctor after she was fired from Phoenix Children’s Hospital following a Facebook post condemning Israel and accusing Zionists of having a “thirst to kill our Palestinian children.”

Screenshots circulated online of Dr. Fidaa Wishah’s Monday Facebook post in which she said Palestinians would “expose the #massacre and #genocide you #zionists are proud of.”

“A state based on atrocity, inhumanity, racism and cannibalism never lasts long,” Wishah continued. “Hey #israel … your end is coming sooner than you think.”

This is followed by a lengthy description of the recent conflict with Gaza, as if to almost excuse Wishah for her comments.

Israel and Hamas agreed to a cease-fire in May after 11 days of a military confrontation that left hundreds dead and sparked international concern. At least 230 Palestinians, including 65 children, and 12 Israelis, including two children, died in the conflict.

The violence wreaked far more devastation in Gaza than in Israel, with an estimated 58,000 Palestinians displaced from their homes and untold damage to the territory’s infrastructure, which was already dilapidated by a 14-year blockade.

Israeli attacks damaged at least 18 hospitals and clinics and destroyed one health facility, according to the World Health Organization. WHO officials also said the central COVID-19 testing lab in Gaza City was almost totally destroyed, and the violence caused “severe restrictions” on the delivery of medical supplies.

Results of Gallup’s annual World Affairs poll, released in March, show that although most Americans still sympathize with Israel, favorable views of Palestinians are on the rise. Roughly 30% of overall respondents said they had favorable views of the Palestinian Authority, up from 21% in 2018 and higher than the annual average of 19% since 2001.

Missing is mention of the antisemitism of her comments – the “thirst for killing Palestinian children” and “cannibalism” smears being reminiscent of the medieval blood libels accusing Jews of murdering Christian children (or other gentiles) in order to use their blood in the performance of religious rituals. Nor is there mention of her liking antisemitic comments like the one asserting she should wear shirts that say “yel3an el yahud” (curse the Jews). This is particularly important because it shows her hatred of Jews, which forms a main part of the reason to be worried about her treating Jewish children. Instead, azcentral includes this lame explanation of why it is antisemitic:

Cindy Saltzman, publisher of Arizona Jewish Life magazine, said she was one of several who reached out to the hospital earlier in the week to express concern over the post, describing the language used by Wishah as antisemitic.

“If you swap out any other ethnic group or country, I think people will understand why it is so offensive,” Saltzman said of Wishah’s post, adding that she would have notified the hospital even if the post was about a group she was not a part of.

Also, the fact she wrote “Hey #israel … your end is coming sooner than you think” – which seems to be expression of a desire that we all be wiped off the earth – is glossed over.

If I didn’t know any better, I’d think azcentral is rooting for her.

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