Fjordman noted a few days ago that the media blackout about the mass murderer Anders Breivik’s confession that he associated with the counter-jihad movement in order to try to destroy it showed “how rotten and dishonest Western mass media are, how much information they hide and how much they distort.” Indeed, and that rottenness and dishonesty is general when it comes to media treatment of foes of jihad. Israel, on the front lines of the global jihad, is one of the media’s favorite targets.
“In which BBC News abandons all pretence of fact checking,” from BBC Watch, January 30 (thanks to Marc):
On the morning of January 29th a Palestinian man named Mohammed Mubarak opened fire on an Israeli army position near the community of Ateret on route 465 in the Mateh Binyamin district. The soldiers returned fire and Mubarak was shot and killed. It later emerged that he had earlier fired at passing civilian vehicles before attacking the army post.
Later in the day, a report on the incident titled “Israeli troops kill Palestinian in West Bank” appeared on the Middle East page of the BBC News website. Readers of that headline are of course given no clue as to the fact that Mubarak shot at soldiers and civilians before he was killed.
The report itself opens in the usual ‘last-first’ BBC reporting style, with no less typical use of scare quotes around the word terrorist.
“A Palestinian man has been shot dead by Israeli troops in the West Bank.
Palestinian medics identified him as Mohammed Mubarak, 22, a labourer from the Jalazun refugee camp near Ramallah.
An Israeli military spokeswoman said its soldiers had opened fire on a “terrorist” after he attacked an army post near the settlement of Ofra.”
The article then moves on to the realms of second-hand rumour and hearsay.
“But Palestinian witnesses told the AFP news agency that Mubarak had not been armed, and had been harassed by the troops and made to remove his clothes.”
Obviously the BBC has not bothered to carry out any kind of fact checking before electing to repeat and promote unverified hearsay from unidentified passers-by. Over at the Israellycool blog is a photograph of Mubarak taken shortly after the incident and published by the Ma’an news agency in this article. As can clearly be seen, he is fully clothed and the weapon used lies beside him.
Later in the day, a Facebook posting from an advisor to the PA president described Mubarak as “a Martyr in the battlefield”:
“With the most exalted expressions of honor and pride and with symbols of Jihad and resistance, we part with piety from our heroic Martyr (Shahid) Muhammad Mahmoud Mubarak from the resolute Jalazone refugee camp, who ascended to Heaven as a Martyr in the battlefield while challenging the Zionist enemy.”