Independent and Times of London make only superficial revisions to water libel stories

On June 16th, we posted on the latest version of the frequent smear that Israel uses water as a weapon against Palestinians, cruelly denying the population an adequate supply.  Both the Independent and Times of London, last week, amplified erroneous Palestinian claims that Israeli authorities intentionally cut off water to Palestinians during Ramadan. 


We demonstrated, based on our communication with both COGAT (the Israeli authority in the territories) and Mekorot (Israel’s water carrier), the following facts:

  1. There have indeed been water shortages since the start of Ramadan, but these were caused naturally by an increase in demand during the hot weather months and a shortage of supply from the mountain aquifer.
  2. This water shortage has affected both Jewish and Palestinian communities in the West Bank.
  3. Israel actually increased the water supply to Palestinians in Hebron and Bethlehem, and to all Palestinian communities at night, to accommodate Palestinian Muslims observing the holiday of Ramadan.

Unfortunately, following our complaints to editors at both publications, only minimal and relatively superficial revisions to the original stories were made.  The Independent added Israel’s denial to the strapline, while Times of London added text to note a relatively insignificant cut water line in the West Bank. 

So, we’re asking you to help us, by contacting the Independent and Times of London to request (under the terms of the accuracy clause of the Editors’ Code) either full retractions, or more substantive corrections to their original pieces.

For the Independent, please use this form to complain.

For the Times of London, use this form. 

See this important update. 

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  1. OUTRAGEOUS! At the very least, they run a retraction in the same size type they used to print the original.

    • Jeff you do realise that you can’t libel a country? A country not being a ” person”. Further you do realise that ” libel ” is a civil concept and ” guilt ” is a criminal concept ?

      • Not true, by implication, whoever in Israel was allegedly engaging in the actions would be libeled. And in the common vernacular understanding, “guilt” straddles all kinds of contexts.
        Oh wait — you’re that anti-Semitic bigot who is always posting gibberish on this website — never mind. Please proceed, it’s evidently a hopeless task to try to point out to you the errors of your ways.

    • Of course they don’t. Their original source – The Protocols – says them, that Jews are liars.

        • Are you unable to follow even the most basic syllogistic reasoning?
          Don’t answer that.

          • Of course Richard

            The protocols say Jews are liars

            The protocols are The Times and The Independent’s original sources

            Therefore the Times and The independent don’t have the same touching faith in COGAT and Mekorot that Adam does.

            Eat your heart out Aristotle.

        • So Quakers are not only anti-semites but are illiterate as well. No surprise here. Do you know the meaning of the word “conflate” Bellamy? Don’t answer – you obviously don’t.

    • Bellend it is fair and proper that journalists should be sceptical about statistics, figures and statements from any source. But the liability is on the journalist to verify the accuracy of the information given.

      Of course what is not fair and proper is for journalists, or for that matter any sentient being, to allow their judgement or pieces they write to be influenced by their own prejudices, or pre-set agendas.
      For example nobody in their right mind would believe anything you write or say about Israel or America or Jewish people, because of your blatant anti-Semitism and xenophobia clearly on display in your posts on this and other websites including your own site ‘BumBitersRuS’

    • News organizations basing their work on faith rather than facts. A giant step backward that brings English media down to the level of Bellamy’s bigotry. Can book burnings be far behind?

  2. What a nasty far left, or, are you far right? Both the same bedfellows, were Jews are concerned…. political shite you are Mr Bellamy. I’m not Jewish either, but can smell an antisemitic a mile off!

      • You’ve devoived so far into a state of callous indifference about your own bigotry and hatred that being condignly rebuked provokes a reaction of either feigned or real boredom?
        Seek help. You’re likely too far gone, but just in case, some extensive, intense psychological therapy is definitely what you need.

        • No Richard. Following advice from Tony Klug I long ago decided that all I can do in the face of a bullshit accusation of anti-Semitism is to wear it as a badge of honour.

          • Bellend they are not “a bullshit accusation of anti-Semitism” when you have written how you despise Israel.
            They are not “a bullshit accusation of anti-Semitism” when you have listed Jewish organisations in Britain that you also despise.
            They are not “a bullshit accusation of anti-Semitism” when you write, as you did, accusing American Jewish organisations of being behind a conspiracy to concoct a definition of anti-Semitism that you don’t like.

            No, Bellend the only bullshit about where you are is the bullshit that emanates from your anti-Semitic and xenophobic ‘brain’ and emerges via your mouth and keyboard.

            Now piss off you cretin. You have passed on from being mildly amusing to being boring.

            • Gerald an anti-Semite is someone that hates Jews, and/or wishes to discriminate against Jews and/or wishes to persecute Jews. It does not mean someone that despises a particular nation state or someone that despises a particular organisation( s )

                  • Bellend you denying it doesn’t mean that it isn’t so.
                    What confirms it are your own words in your posts here and on other websites.
                    You may be in denial, or be equally mistaken into thinking your denials carry any weight or would convince anyone when your own words condemn you as an anti-Semite and xenophobe.

                    Your words are there for all to see and confirm without any doubt that you are an anti-Semite, a xenophobe and a lying weasel who brings discredit upon the UK, the Quakers, Christianity and the Left.
                    As peter has told you, your efforts are a God send to Israel and the Zionist cause. May all her enemies be as ridiculous as you are.

                    • Bellend that you live on another planet is obvious from your inability to comprehend the English language and grasp concepts such as logic, truth, and history.
                      Planet Mars I doubt, the Planet Uranus is more likely as you are obviously an arsehole!

                    • Bellend you are not nice.
                      In fact you are an anti-Semitic, xenophobic, lying little weasel (apologies to any weasels who may be reading for comparing them to Bellend)

              • If the subject of your hate is the only Jewish nation-state and the hated organization’s agenda is the support of the only Jewish nation-state then you are Jew-hater Bellamy. Don’t worry you mustn’t fell uncomfortable – other Jew-haters like Klug will understand you perfectly. Anyway the question whether you are an anti-semite or not is irrelevant. You want the death and/or expulsion of six-million Jews from their homeland and this is good enough for me to evaluate your personality, the danger you represent to Jews living in the diaspora and to the Palestinians you supposed to be supporting.

                  • Bellend of course you don’t feel uncomfortable.
                    If you were capable of having ‘feelings’ or indeed any normal human emotion you would not be the anti-Semitic, xenophobic louse that you are.

                  • Overexcited Bellamy? You must be very bad to evaluate people’s emotions. If Israel didn’t exist and I lived in your country partly populated by your kind of shit then I would have reason to being excited. In the present circumstances I ‘m just laughing at your impotent hate and frustration of being a loser – again.

              • Certainly an antisemite hates Jews, but one could simply call that person a Jew hater. Antisemitism is the organization of politics against the Jews. The term was coined in the 19th century. There were certainly Jew haters before that.

              • No Stephen, you obviously do not know the definition of antisemitism. Here it is for you (IHRA):

                “Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred
                toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed
                toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish
                community institutions and religious facilities.”

                Manifestations might include the targeting of the state of Israel, conceived as a Jewish
                collectivity. However, criticism of Israel similar to that leveled against any other country cannot be
                regarded as antisemitic. Antisemitism frequently charges Jews with conspiring to harm humanity, and it
                is often used to blame Jews for “why things go wrong.” It is expressed in speech, writing, visual forms
                and action, and employs sinister stereotypes and negative character traits.

                Contemporary examples of antisemitism in public life, the media, schools, the workplace, and in the
                religious sphere could, taking into account the overall context, include, but are not limited to:

                 Calling for, aiding, or justifying the killing or harming of Jews in the name of a radical ideology
                or an extremist view of religion.
                 Making mendacious, dehumanizing, demonizing, or stereotypical allegations about Jews as such
                or the power of Jews as collective — such as, especially but not exclusively, the myth about a
                world Jewish conspiracy or of Jews controlling the media, economy, government or other
                societal institutions.
                 Accusing Jews as a people of being responsible for real or imagined wrongdoing committed by a
                single Jewish person or group, or even for acts committed by non-Jews.
                 Denying the fact, scope, mechanisms (e.g. gas chambers) or intentionality of the genocide of the
                Jewish people at the hands of National Socialist Germany and its supporters and accomplices
                during World War II (the Holocaust).
                Adopt the following non-legally binding working definition of antisemitism:

                “Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred
                toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed
                toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish
                community institutions and religious facilities.”
                 Accusing the Jews as a people, or Israel as a state, of inventing or exaggerating the Holocaust.
                 Accusing Jewish citizens of being more loyal to Israel, or to the alleged priorities of Jews
                worldwide, than to the interests of their own nations.
                 Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence
                of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor.
                 Applying double standards by requiring of it a behavior not expected or demanded of any other
                democratic nation.
                 Using the symbols and images associated with classic antisemitism (e.g., claims of Jews killing
                Jesus or blood libel) to characterize Israel or Israelis.
                 Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis.
                 Holding Jews collectively responsible for actions of the state of Israel.
                Antisemitic acts are criminal when they are so defined by law (for example, denial of the Holocaust
                or distribution of antisemitic materials in some countries).
                Criminal acts are antisemitic when the targets of attacks, whether they are people or property – such
                as buildings, schools, places of worship and cemeteries – are selected because they are, or are perceived
                to be, Jewish or linked to Jews.
                Antisemitic discrimination is the denial to Jews of opportunities or services available to others and is
                illegal in many countries.

          • Of course you are proud of being a Jew-hater Bellamy. You are in a very good company, like Streicher, Goebbels and all of your dead and living camerades.

  3. If the tables were turned the palestinians would make sure that Israelis wouldn’t receive a single drop of water …These palestinians should be grateful that Israel supplies them with any water at all …These two Pommy rag sheets can go hang…..

  4. Arafat used to say…”Let the Israelis drink the sea of Gaza” Perhaps the palestinians instead would like to take Arafat’s advice….