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Monday, October 12, 2009
WND Loves Quoting Kahane Sympathizer
Topic: WorldNetDaily

One of WorldNetDaily Jerusalem bureau chief Aaron Klein's favorite sources is David Ha'ivri, currently a spokesperson for the Samaria Liaison Office (aka Shomron Liaison Office), which appears to be a group that speaks for Jewish settlers in the West Bank. What Klein repeatedly fails to do in his WND articles is that Ha'ivri is a Kahanist sympathizer -- a right-wing movement whose political parties, Kach and Kahane Chai, have been outlawed in Israel for inciting racism. When given the opportunity, Ha'ivri refused to condemn a plot by Jewish extremists to detonate a bomb outside a Palestinian girls' school. None of that association with terrorist organizations -- which the U.S. considers the Kahanist movement to be -- kept WND from giving Ha'ivri a prominent space as a "letter of the week."

WND uncritically quotes Ha'ivri again, in an Oct. 11 WND article by Samuel Sokol (presumably working under Klein's direction), as speaking for a group of "Jewish pilgrims" visiting the tomb of Joseph in the West Bank town of Nablus. Sokol doesn't acknowledge the term "West Bank," sticking with the right-wing Jewish terminology of "Samaria," and also insists on calling the town Shechem, merely "known to the Arabs as Nablus."

Sokol's article carries the dateline "Shechem, Israel," even though the town has officially been known as Nablus since, oh, the seventh century, and the status of "Samaria" as an official part of Israel remains in dispute.

Posted by Terry K. at 4:22 PM EDT

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