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Monday, August 25, 2014

Time retracts a blood libel

In an earlier post, I reported that Time Magazine had recycled a 2009 blood libel from the Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet, which accused Israel of harvesting and selling 'Palestinians' organs. Having been called on their slander, Time has now corrected the video in question.
On Sunday, the magazine deleted the allegations from a two-minute video on its website about the Israel Defense Forces and added a correction, writing at the end, “Correction: The original version of this video cited a contested allegation in a 2009 Swedish newspaper report as fact. The allegation has been removed from the video.”
The video, titled “The IDF: A look inside Israel’s powerful military,” said the “IDF is not without controversy,” reporting that “in 2009 a Swedish report came out exposing some Israeli troops of selling organs of Palestinians who died in their custody.”
Maybe next time they'll be a little more careful.

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At 9:19 PM, Blogger Asok Asus said...

As a consequence of my original post to Time Magazine (which Time has now removed) which pointed to the scurrilous origin of the video's original bogus claim regarding organ harvesting, Time has removed that piece of blatant and obnoxious anti-Semitic propaganda from their IDF vid.

Interestingly enough, the entire vid has be re-narrated, with the narrator using a generally positive and upbeat tone, whereas in the original vid, the narrator used a neutral to disapproving tone throughout the original vid as if he was smelling something bad during the entire narration.

My original (now delted) Time post was as follows:

"The reference is to a completely made up tabloid style article in an obscure Swedish paper, that even the author admitted was not based on any evidence.

Here is what was said after it was published back in 2009:

Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet’s August 2009 story accusing the IDF of harvesting Palestinian organs caused an uproar. Donald Bostrom, the author of the offensive piece, duly demonstrated his utter lack of any basic journalistic standards when he said: “But whether it’s true or not – I have no idea, I have no clue.”

On top of this, the story was further undermined as one of the Palestinian families interviewed said they never told any reporter that their son was missing organs."


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