The Birth and Spread of a New Anti-Israel Libel

July 24, 2020

by: Maurice Hirsch, Adv.

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The city of Hebron

Friday, 24 July 2020 | Whether you attribute the quote to Mark Twain, Winston Churchill or Jonathan Swift, the fact is that “a lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can even get its boots on.” This age-old adage took on new life when a lie invented by Palestinian sources spread like wildfire around the globe.

In recent days, Israel destroyed a structure erected without a building permit. The structure, according to the original story of its owner, “was built to establish an exhibition hall for cars.”

Manipulating sensitivity to the global pandemic, Palestinian sources and their eager supporters spread the libel that Israel had deliberately destroyed a COVID-19 testing center on the outskirts of Hebron, a hotspot for COVID-19 cases.

Only after Israeli authorities issued a destruction order for the structure did the mayor of Hebron, Tayseer Abu Sneina, a released terrorist convicted for the murder of 6 people (3 Israelis, 2 Americans and a Canadian), suddenly inform the owner that he was working with the PA Ministry of Health and with the governor of the Hebron district to turn the structure into a COVID-19 testing and isolation center.

The Israeli Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) responded to the libel, via its Facebook page, in both Arabic and English, making clear that the claim had no validity. Significantly, COGAT added that no request had been submitted to either the Israeli authorities, the Palestinian Authority or international organizations working in the area to build a COVID-19 testing center.

The libelous false reality was shared widely by many.

Chris Doyle, whose Twitter profile presents him as a “Commentator on Middle East, international politics and Director of @Caabu Council for Arab-British Understanding,” was quick to adopt and amplify the lies. Dolye, based merely on the false libel, was even quick to suggest that those responsible for such an egregious action should be prosecuted in the International Criminal Court.

In this manner, a blatant and malicious lie against Israel took hold and spread “halfway around the world before the truth can even get its boots on.”

Posted on July 24, 2020

Source: (Excerpt from an article originally published on July 23, 2020. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our publication today. See original article at this link.)

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