CAMERA Media Analyses..
01 November '12..
On October 18, the Harvard Kennedy School, which recently hosted a “One State Conference” dedicated to the elimination of Israel, yet again provided a platform for a notorious anti-Israel detractor. Diana Buttu, former PLO spokeswoman and current fellow at the Kennedy School’s Belfer Center, delivered a lecture that purported to discuss the “reality” of the Middle East peace process, but instead disseminated lies to her audience. In her telling, Qassam rockets don’t have explosive heads and cause no casualties in Israel; Grad rockets were not fired into Israel in the years 2008 or 2009; Richard Goldstone hardly retracted any portion of his eponymous report; and not one Israeli was murdered by a suicide bombing in Israel from the years 1997-2000. Finally, she insisted, the idea of Israel as a Jewish state exists solely to facilitate the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from the Levant.
The following are direct quotes from Buttu’s lecture:
• “Qassams don’t have an explosive head.”
Multiple press outlets throughout the world have contradicted Buttu’s bewildering claim that Qassam rockets are built and launched without explosives. In 2008, the BBC published a piece describing Qassams being “filled with explosives…Qassam and other rockets have killed 13 people inside Israel, including three children.” After initially claiming that no Israelis were injured by Qassam rockets, The New York Times published a correction in 2003 stating that the rockets in fact “have damaged several homes and factories over the last 18 months, leaving Israelis suffering from shrapnel wounds, broken limbs, smoke inhalation and shock.” Four year-old Yuval Abebeh and two year-old Dorit (Masart) Benisian were both killed in Sderot in September 2004 by a “Qassam rocket fired from Gaza while playing in the street.” In January 2005, seventeen-year-old Ayala-Haya Abukasis
was mortally wounded when a Qassam rocket landed near her and shrapnel penetrated her cerebellum, leaving her brain dead. She was struck while protecting her younger brother, who was lightly wounded. Kept on life support throughout the week, her parents agreed to stop treatment when doctors told them there was no chance of recovery. She died on January 21.
This death and destruction is a result of the fact that Qassams carry 22 pounds of explosives, an easily verifiable fact.
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