Morning Star Demonises Israel


By Jonathan Hoffman
September 7, 2012
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http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/news/content/view/full/123200

The Communist newspaper Morning Star had the result of the Corrie case on its front page on 29 August. There were at least two prominent untruths which had the effect of demonising Israel. One was from the notoriously anti-Israel hard Left MP Jeremy Corbyn. He said "Rachel Corrie died while trying to defend a wholly innocent Palestinian family against the Israeli Defence Force." The second untruth came from another unltra-left figure, PSC director Sarah Colborne. She said: "Rachel Corrie was deliberately crushed to death by an Israeli bulldozer.

Here is my letter to the newspaper. Since they chose not to publish it, I am publishing it here.

Your leader (29 August) on Rachel Corrie is chockful of untruths. Corrie could not have been “attempting to prevent the destruction of a Palestinian home” since the Israeli military operation that day was confined to exposing the ground in a section of the Philadelphi Corridor, in order to expose hiding places exploited by terrorists, who used them inter alia to plant explosive devices. From the start of the Intifada in September 2000 until 16 March 2003 (the date of the accident), nearly 6, 000 grenades had been thrown at IDF soldiers in the Philadelphi Corridor, there were 1,400 attempted sniper attacks, 150 explosives devices had been planted and 40 mortar bombs launched. In addition there were continuous attempts to kidnap Israeli soldiers and as a result many Israelis had been killed or injured. Furthermore, the Philapdelphi Corridor was the centre of smuggling activities, with numerous tunnels used to bring terrorists and weapons from Rafah into Gaza . Corrie could not have been “in clear view” of the bulldozer driver since when the bulldozer pushed the heap of debris that regrettably killed Corrie, she was kneeling on the ground and was in the “blind spot” of the bulldozer driver’s field of vision, behind the bulldozer's shovel and the pile of debris. Even the expert who testified on behalf of the Corrie family agreed that the driver could not and did not see her.

You quoted Jeremy Corbyn MP as saying that Corrie has been denied Justice. On the contrary - the verdict came at the end of a long and involved case where many witnesses and experts testified. The fact that is was not the verdict that the vilifiers of Israel wanted does not mean that due process of law was violated.
As well as incorrectly saying that Corrie was trying to protect a Palestinian home, Sarah Colborne said that Corrie was “deliberately” crushed. If the driver could not see Corrie even the most dedicated vilifier cannot claim with any credibility that it was “deliberate”.

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Real Real Zionist

Mon, 09/10/2012 - 11:53

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"Here is my letter to the newspaper. Since they chose not to publish it, I am publishing it here."

Its so nice that Hoffie has gone to all this trouble not to disappoint Morning Star readers. How fortuitous that those that read The Morning Star also read the JC too.

I could be wrong and it could be an excrutiatingly contrived attempt to draw attention to himself.


suzanna

Mon, 09/10/2012 - 13:18

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' . . .contrived attempt to draw attention to himself'.

Really?


suzanna

Mon, 09/10/2012 - 13:28

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In Hoffman's world every Israeli soldier is an innocent who 'accidently', 'regretfully' shoots a child or a protestor in the head, slaps a woman, fires a stun grenade into someone's face, evaporates a family with an air to ground missile etcetera etcetera . . . (of which there are hundreds and hundreds of examples)

Yet if a Palestinian throws a stone they are a 'vile terrorist'.

In his letter Hoffman also fails to mention about the 'wonderful' Israeli justice system that according to the Israeli human rights organization, Yesh Din: “91 percent of investigations [by Israeli police in the West Bank] into crimes committed by Israelis against Palestinians and their property are closed without indictments being served. Eight-four percent of the investigation files are closed because of the investigators’ failure to locate suspects and evidence”

This is Apartheid. One law that respects the victim because of their race, religion - the other than doesn’t.


zaheerayin

Thu, 09/13/2012 - 14:29

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zaheerayin

15 August, 2012 - 16:34

I can't wait until tomorrow. Hopefully Jonathan is going to fill us in about what the Morning Star has been up to.


Mary in Brighton

Thu, 09/13/2012 - 14:57

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lol


Yoni

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 15:02

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Antisemites lies.

Wow, that's so unusual ...


joemillis1959

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 15:46

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How many people actually read the Morning Star? Even fewer than there are members of the minuscule Communist Party of Great Britain, I suspect.

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