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Saturday, November 14, 2009
Arrest of Jewish Terrorist Contradicts Klein's Reporting
Topic: WorldNetDaily

In October 2008, a WorldNetDaily article by Aaron Klein featured an accusation by "prominent leader of the West Bank's Jewish communities" Daniela Weiss that the Israel Defense Force and Shin Bet Security Services "orchestrat[ed] a recent attack on an extreme leftist Israeli professor and then using the attack to demonize West Bank Jews ahead of an expected evacuation of the territory." The incident was a pipe bomb that exploded outside the house of Israeli professor Zeev Sternhell, whom Klein described as "a prominent proponent of expelling Jews from the West Bank."

Well, Klein and Weiss appear to have been proven wrong. Ynet News reports on the arrest of Yaakov (Jack) Teitel, a resident of a West Bank settlement, for numerous acts of terrorism, including the murder ot two Palestinians and, yes, the pipe bomb outside Sternhell's home.

Klein has long been protective of Jewish settlers in the West Bank -- as we noted, Klein in that October 2008 article failed to report that Weiss, at the same time she was making apparently false accusations against the Israeli government, had just been charged with assaulting a police officer and resisting arrestby trying to interfere with the arrest of a group of Jews suspected of setting fire to an Arab olive grove.

Klein has also condoned acts of violence by Jews; most notoriously, he described an AWOL Israeli solider who had shot and killed four people on a bus in Gaza has having been "murdered" by a "mob of Palestinians" who witnessed the shooting. Klein never described the soldier's victims as having been "murdered."

Klein has further hidden the extremist, violent backgrounds of the right-wing Israeli activists he writes about.

Klein has yet to report on Teitel's arrest, even though the story directly contradicts his previous reporting. It seems Klein ought to, at the very least, issue an update or correction of his original article.

Posted by Terry K. at 1:10 AM EST

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