Chanah: Memri's technique of distortion and half-truth! - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • 30.05.05 | 11:31 (IDT)

    Chanah writes : "the sermon did in fact take place" That is exactly the beauty or rather ugliness of the Memri technique: tell half the truth. It is like when your spouse only remembers the bad things you've done. I can list out the massacres commited by the Haganah in 1948 without mentioning the Shoah (which can in no way justify them) or I can itemise the assassinations of Palestinian civilians carried out by the IDF in Gaza and the West Bank without bringing up the subject of suicide bombing (also no justification). It is all about context and by only presenting the most extreme statements by Muslim clerics and never giving the reverse side of the coin, the texts of sermons given by the extremist rabbis in the settlement shuls, calling for transfer and worse, Memri is guilty of gross distortion. The Guardian on the other hand gives space for rebuttals (see #49 above) and publishes much to my distaste arch-Zionists like Melanie Phillips. Haaretz to its eternal credit gives space to all sides of the spectrum of political opinion even though we as readers know more or less where the paper stands on the basic question of the occupation, democracy and human rights.

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