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Sky News fails to challenge lie that Israel plans to destroy al-Aqsa Mosque


Yesterday in London, there was another hateful anti-Israel demo outside the Israel embassy. Sky News had a segment on both the demo and the broader issue concerning recent Arab terror attacks in Israel.  Whilst the entire segment is problematic, the final minute includes an interview at the London demo with the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) Vice Chair, in which several blatantly false charges unchallenged.

Specifically, Sky News reporter Alex Rossi interviewed PSC Vice Chair Kamel Hawwash and failed to challenge two dangerous lies about the ‘root cause’ of the recent terror wave in Israel.

Here’s the entire seven minute segment:

First, beginning at roughly the 4:20 mark in the film, note that Rossi falsely claimed that Netanyahu has a secret plan to allow Jews to pray at the Temple Mount / Al-Aqsa Compound.  

However, as anyone who’s been following the issue would surely know, the Israeli prime minister has stated repeatedly that there is no such plan to change the status quo, where Jews can visit but not pray.  Indeed, Netanyahu recently banned Israeli MKs and ministers (and Arab MKs) from visiting the site in order to prevent the possibility that a visit by a controversial political figure will ignite more violence.

Even worse, the PSC Vice Chair then claims there is a secret plan to destroy the Mosque and build a Third Temple. This also goes unchallenged by Rossi.

He further claims that Israeli security personnel have engaged in “extra-judicial executions”.

The Sky News reporter allowed millions of viewers to hear such PSC propaganda without comment or critical scrutiny.

Of course, these aren’t just any lies. The charges by the PSC parrot Palestinian conspiracy theories about al-Aqsa which have helped fuel the recent orgy of violence against Jews – attacks which have left eight Israelis dead and dozens injured in knifing, car-ramming and shooting attacks.

In other words, the PSC Chair added fuel to the fire by repeating Palestinian agitprop, and the Sky News reporter just let it pass as if they were reasonable or uncontroversial charges.

We should of course remember that British news editors and broadcasters have a professional responsibility to challenge questionable or outright false charges leveled by those they interview or quote.

It’s extremely dispiriting that not only do Israelis have to cope with the violence instigated by a campaign of incitement by Palestinians and their leaders, but they must also deal with the amplification of such dangerous propaganda by putatively professional British journalists.

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  1. SkyNews seems to have gone into the business of promoting the. pro-Pal cause in a big way. One clip had Sherine Tadmos delivering a jumbled list of occurrences that put both Israel’s self defence and the Palestinians attacking them on a par. Meanwhile in the background a group of veiled palestinians pranced and postured, swinging slingshots and throwing rocks

  2. The British media is rife with hateful, false and inciting articles about Israel but I’m not worried. Sooner or later the shit will hit the fan and these hateful Antisemitic Brits will wake up one morning and realize that their country was overtaken by murderous, knife wielding, homicidal, Islamic maniacs who will drain their economy and their foolish lives until the last drop of blood. F U all.

      • Anyone preventing you from leaving? There are three El Al flights a day, three BA and two easyJet. Not all of them are full.

      • He claims that all Brits are antisemites, and expresses psychotic hatred towards each and everyone of them.
        If you share his sick and sickening attitude, you know where the door is. You will not be missed by sane people.

        • “He claims that all Brits are antisemites”

          I read his comment and he did not make that claim. Perhaps you’re just a little bit defensive, and this clouds your reading comprehension. Perhaps you should take a look at what Jews have had to put up with every day,… for centuries.

          • Item: Since I am Jewish, I don’t need you lecturing to me about what Jews have had to put up with every day,… for centuries.
            Item: He said (well, ranted): F U all <<<—
            Item: You need to look at context. This is his MO, and he has been posting this kind of hateful stuff for a while.
            Item: If anything, Jews should be extra sensitive to such racist rants.

  3. We know about the “BBC” but what is Sky News’ motivation? Sharia sanctioned Pedophilia, Wife beating, polygamy or just the desire to kill the Jews?

    • bbc editor and “journalists” are cowards siding with the murderers against the victim for profit and fear but their lies are only effects of a situation whose CAUSE only Israel can cancel by expelling those arabs. Thereafter the conflict would end.

  4. All these lies are part of PRESSURES to destroy Israel. The only way to stop them is to stop the CAUSE ie arabs so called “palestinians” presence in Western Palestine. As long as those arabs will keep squatting the jewish provinces all of world’s antisemites and cowards will try by any means available to destroy Israel so as to replace Jews by arabs. Negociations are NOT the proper way to stop these pressures leading the world to ww3 because it is a defensive method and in this case it takes an attacking method. Those who want perpetual war against Israel probably know that and do NOT want peace as the claim hypocritically.