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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

We Should Sue!

Jews of Judea and Samaria, pro-Jewish Rights in the Land of Israel Jews keep finding lies and deceits about us in the news, so it's truly a breath of fresh air to discover that Elon Moreh is bringing a law suit against French news agency AFP for libel.

A Jewish town in Samaria plans to sue the French news agency AFP for libel for reporting it flooded an Arab olive grove with its sewage. The latest AFP article on the olive harvest follows an increasingly long line of anti-Israeli reports based almost solely on reports from Arabs and left-wing activists, including anarchists.

AFP quoted an Arab farmer in a nearby village who went to harvest his olive crop and ”could hardly see the land – it was flooded with sewage and chemicals,” resulting in 2,000 trees dying.

However, Elon Moreh has an advanced water waste treatment facility that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to build, according to Gershon Mesika, chairman of the Samaria (Shomron) Regional Council. The water also is used for irrigation. It is doubtful the water, a scarce and expensive commodity in Israel due to four years of drought, would be wasted.

We shouldn't be silent.

Generally the courts and justices have their agenda, so being right doesn't guarantee a legal victory.  But it still should be done.

Good luck!


Anonymous said...

kol hakavod! no reason to stand for this garbage. i have no problem with different interpretations of facts, but a narrative must comport with the facts. these slanderers must be taken down, have their press licenses revoked, etc.

Batya said...


Keli Ata said...

There's nothing wrong with reporting both sides of a story but injecting personal feelings or bias is just plain wrong.

Present the facts and the truth will be obvious. These media outlets just aren't reporting the facts.

Which is why I call myself a reporter and not a journalist. Journalist implies editorializing as in one who keeps a journal of their experiences and emotions.

Reporters...report the facts on all sides making the truth clear.

I've been watching the Rachel Corrie case. I hope Israel doesn't give her family on red cent let alone the symbolic $1 they are requesting in court along with an apology.

Batya said...

Keli, interesting distinction between reporter and journalist. I thought that a journalist does it all.