In my last post, I mentioned a screw-up by the Jerusalem Post. It doesn't happen often, and certainly not to this journalist, whose integrity and fastidiousness are truly beyond reproach. But they got him this time. And within hours he has acknowledged it and asked for the story to be removed (which it was).
From: Khaled Abu Toameh
Sent: Sunday, 30 September, 2007 02:43
Subject: Re: Caught on tape: How a 16-year-old girl was lynched in Gaza by
Hamas members and relatives
Can you please correct: we were the victims of a hoax. some
Fatah people misled us into thinking that the case was in
Gaza, while it actually occured in Iraq. Please remove the
Khaled Abu Toameh
Compare and contrast to the MSM (e.g., Dan Rather) and, well, other sources, which perpetrate hoaxes ad infinitum, even after they're proven to be fiction beyond the remotest a shadow of a doubt (e.g., al-Dura).
Nevertheless, this will be (already is being) used by the perpetrators of those hoaxes to malign Israeli journalism and the JPost and Khaled in particular. Ironic. Sad. Outrageous.
Update via IMRA:
Saturday, September 29, 2007
From: Khaled Abu Toameh
To: "Dr. Aaron Lerner"
Sent: Sunday, 30 September, 2007 05:43
Subject: Fatah hoaxes
In the context of the Hamas-Fatah power struggle, Fatah
officials and security agents have distributed a video
documenting the alleged killing of a 16-year-old girl in the
But it has emerged that that the footage was taken in Iraq,
where a 16-year-old girl was killed for "dishonoring" her
Fatah claimed that the victim was Nahed Juha, a 16-year-old
girl who was indeed killed together with her two sisters,
Lina and Suha, in the Gaza Strip last July.
Fatah security officials even provided reporters
with two "eyewitnesses" who claimed that that had witnesses
the lynching of Nahed Juha.
For the past few years, both Fatah and Hamas have been
involved in a smear campaign against each other. The two
parties have devoted tremendous efforts to manipulate the
media, often feeding reporters with false information.
Last week Fatah managed to sell another hoax to reporters
when it claimed that its security forces had discovered
rocket launchers in Bethlehem that were directed against
Jerusalem. It later turned out that the "rockets" were
simple pipes that has been set up by children who were
trying to imitate Hamas.
Later update: Here.