Corrections

CiF Watch prompts Indy correction to false claim by Mira Bar-Hillel


We recently posted about an op-ed by Mira Bar-Hillel (a Jewish commentator who has acknowledged being antisemitic) which erroneously suggested that the Israeli media demanded the IDF bomb Gaza “back to the Stone Age” (see here), and accused Israelis of believing that “Palestinians aren’t quite human”.  

As we pointed out, she also made a patently false claim concerning the 2012 Gaza War.

Here’s the relevant passage:

Over the past decade we have had “Operation Cast Lead” (2008/9) in which illegal white phosphorus was employed, 1,400 Gazan civilians were killed including one family whose children bled to death on the roof because Israeli aircraft prevented their evacuation. The Israelis lost 11 soldiers. In “Operation Pillar of Smoke”, (2012) hundreds more died, all Palestinian.

Of course, her claim that ALL of those who died during the war (Operation Pillar of Defense) were Palestinian is not true. Four Israeli civilians and two soldiers were killed in that war.

After contacting Indy editors, they agreed to revise the passage accordingly.

It now reads:

Over the past decade we have had “Operation Cast Lead” (2008/9) in which illegal white phosphorus was employed, 1,400 Gazan civilians were killed including one family whose children bled to death on the roof because Israeli aircraft prevented their evacuation. The Israelis lost 11 soldiers. In “Operation Pillar of Smoke”, (2012) hundreds more Palestinians died.

We commend Indy editors for promptly correcting Bar-Hillel’s false claim.

23 replies »

  1. Sorry Adam, you have nothing to commend.
    The paragraph contains the following outright lies:
    “Operation Cast Lead” (2008/9) in which illegal white phosphorus was employed, …the use of WP wasn’t illegal
    1,400 Gazan civilians were killed …of these 1400 civilians 800 were terrorists combatants according to Hamas itself
    …including one family whose children bled to death on the roof because Israeli aircraft prevented their evacuation. …according to reliable Hamas propaganda sources..
    This whole sentence what they supposedly corrected remained a classic sounding blood-libel worth of any self-respecting neo-Nazi paper.

      • I see that Sibyl Nazi 11 is the emotional type. Funny how you claim to be anti-war but are pissed that the Jews happen to live (albeit in state financed bomb shelters) while the Palestinians shoot a hundred rockets a day at civilian populations.

        Don’t you have a swastika to spray paint?

        Which reminds me. When you die, the world will be noticeably better, and yet practically no one will notice you gone.

        Sibyl Nazi message board trolls are pretty fucking pathetic.

        • “Don’t you have a swastika to spray paint?”
          koufaxmitzvah,
          Whatever makes you think that the inbred retard ‘Molly F’ has sufficient brain cells to be able to paint a series of straight lines?

  2. Peter you are correct. White Phosphorus is not illegal. Hamas did send mortar rounds without any parachutes at Israeli cities – that was a war crime.

    Funny how the Arabs commit tens of thousands of war crimes and it is never mentioned, but they sure try to find anything Israel did wrong – even if the Geneva Convention says that it is perfectly legal

    • You are kind of correct – the true figure is HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of war crimes.

      You are moron and nobody finds morons funny – just kind of sad


  3. Here’s a way to make life safer in the Middle-East. As the Israelis insist they’re “making huge efforts to avoid civilian casualties,” we should improve the standard of “avoiding civilian casualties” lessons in the Israeli region.

    Presumably, at the moment, a teacher says, “Can anyone give me one way of making a huge effort to avoid civilian casualties?” Then a student, eager to impress, says, “What about bombing a block of flats, sir?”

    Then the teacher says ‘Excellent. But to make extra sure, you need to reduce the entire block to a heap of smoking rubble, and demolish the nearby hospital as well. I don’t see how anyone could make a huger effort than that.”

    True dat!

    • Sibyl Nazi 12, the Uptown Tinker..

      Just the idea that Israel would respond to hundreds of war crimes attacking her makes him repulsed at life on this planet. Quelle horreur! he yells into his television set. Sitting on a couch, a cup coffee at the table, shaking his head wondering just how did the world turn to shit, and that it must have been when those Jews survived World War II.

      Sibyl Nazi 12 is renaissance man, and yet he’s uncertain how he feels about Syria. Weird, one might think, but then he doesn’t do much thinking.

      • This is the man who has never read a single book on politics…..

        why should we listen to you?

        • “why should we listen to you?”

          ‘People Power’ if you are hearing voices while reading posts on this site then either your tin-foil hat is too tight on your head or you are seriously demented.
          Either way get well soon.

        • You are a shithead who accuses Israel of a mandated policy of supremacism by using a German term. How fucking moronic do you have to be to consider Israel the enemy of our planet?

          94 fucking missiles hit Israel yesterday, and all you edumacated dipshits want to Kill the Jews of Europe. All Jews.

          Meanwhile, in Syria, ARABS ARE COMING TO ISRAEL FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT.

          Eat shit, Sibyl Nazi 13. The Jason of Sibyl Nazis. No, we don’t expect you die. We just see you as cheapass entertainment with awful writing based on a tired, overused shtick.

    • ” I don’t see how anyone could make a huger (sic) effort than that.”

      Clearly the teacher in your parable is an illiterate anti-Semitic twat.

  4. We commend Indy editors for promptly correcting Bar-Hillel’s false claim.

    But her article still has that preposterous “we wiil bomb you back to the stone age” bit as if that really was on the warning flyers.

  5. It’s excellent that you got the article corrected, but it still has blatant mistakes. Couldn’t they even get the name of the operation right? It’s Pillar of Defence, or, if you want a literal translation from Hebrew, Pillar of Cloud. Not “Pillar of Smoke”.

  6. Whilst I congratulate you on getting a correction at all, I’ve got to wonder about the value. The Indie publish an article full of falsehoods, then correct one fairly minor point. They now can claim that they are honourable in admitting their mistakes and that article in particular has been “fixed”. Is that a win?

    • ‘People Power’
      Interesting that you want to quote the Prime Minister of Turkey on the 20th July.
      It is forty (40) years to the day that Turkey invaded Cyprus, part of which they still occupy.

      So tell me ‘People Power’ when are you organising a flotilla to Free Cyprus from the Turkish Army?

    • Erdogan being the same kind of witless hysterical asshole like you his opinion is exactly as relevant as yours. But one thing is clear, Turkey must be accepted into the EU now, it is a perfect match…
      Are you dreaming about being Suleiman The Great too like Erdie? That you would threat the Jewish population of Turkey with violence as he does is only natural….