In his latest Indy column, Robert Fisk addresses the case of Amer Fakhoury, a Lebanese-born American citizen jailed in his native country last fall for unsubstantiated charges by Hezbollah that he tortured and murdered inmates at Lebanon’s notorious Khaim prison in the 1990s.
Fisk’s piece (This is what Trump is doing in the Middle East while you’re distracted by coronavirus includes the following sentence, March 26), includes the following:
Fakhoury, now a US citizen, had returned to Lebanon last September to visit his family – he was met at Beirut airport by a senior army officer – but was recognised by former prisoners as an ex-warden at Israel’s notorious Khiam jail.
In fact, the Khiam Prison was run by the South Lebanese Army (SLA) and is not “Israeli”
As our CAMERA colleague reported about a similar error at AP, the SLA was allied with Israel, and received training, funds and weapons from the state, just like Hezbollah is backed by Iran and receives Iranians training, funds and weapons. Yet, journalists of course wouldn’t refer to a Hezbollah prison in Lebanon as “Iranian”.
This latest smear by Fisk is the latest chapter in the Indy’s Mid-East correspondent’s long history of visceral hostility towards, and lies about, the Jewish state – hatred which at times crosses the line into antisemitism.
We’ve complained to Indy editors about this latest error.
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