Thursday, November 10, 2005

Booms Over Gaza

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Sonic booms, by the IDF's own admission, are a loud yet non-lethal reminder to the Palestinian population that terrorists are still operating from within their midst.

The sonic boom claims are not, however, the first time that health issues have been hijacked to promote the Palestinian political agenda in the media. Sonic booms are not even the first of many 'dastardly Israeli schemes' claimed to affect Palestinian health. The litany of libelous accusations to have appeared in the media, many critiqued by HonestReporting, includes these:

* Israel deployed radioactive uranium against Palestinian protestors;

* Suha Arafat's accusation, in the presence of Hillary Clinton, that the IDF made 'extensive use of poisonous gas... which has led to an increase in cancer cases among women and children.'

* Israel disseminated bubble gum that sterilized Palestinian girls.

* Israel sent AIDS-infected prostitutes to infect Palestinian men.

Needless to say, all of these were comprehensively debunked, but only after various media outlets had run the stories and the damage had been done.

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