A Ukranian audience sits , women are shocked upon hearing a Ukranian woman admit to killing for the Israeli Defense army, also children in a T.V. show that is not only fake news but has a deeper layer when one considers the horrific acts of violence against the Jewish population so much that Jews during WW2 were initially happy to see the German Nazis , thinking no one could be worse than the local Ukranian thugs .
It is important to remember that the fake news program where a young Ukranian woman admits to killing young children for the Israeli army is just another form of antisemitism part of the chronicles of Zion, antisemitic propoganda claiming that the Jews plot s an international conspiracy to take over the world and justifies the cruel killing of Jews as self defense.
I would like to see the horror on the faces of the Ukranian audience had they been viewing footage of documented mass killing of Ukranian Jews but i fear it would not appear since it is considered acceptable behaviour to treat Jews with cruelty and violence in Ukraine, justified by propaganda by the Ukranian church .
Operation Barbarossa of 1941 brought together native Ukrainian populations of both, Soviet Ukraine and the territories of Poland annexed by the Soviet Union, under the German administrative control of the Reichskommissariat Ukraine to the north-east, and the General Government to the south-west. Many Jewish historians argue that the destruction of the Jewish population of Ukraine, reduced from 870,000 to 17,000, could not have been accomplished without the aid of the local population, because the Germans lacked the manpower to reach all of the communities that were annihilated, especially in the remote villages.
Al Jazeera airs false testimony of woman who says killed children during IDF service
Qatari-based TV channel airs report featuring Ukrainian woman who volunteered for IDF service and claims she was asked to kill civilians—including children—during her time in the Israeli army; story aired despite being refuted almost 4 years ago.
The Qatari-based Al Jazeera TV network aired an investigative report last week showing an Israeli-Ukrainian woman who alleged that she murdered civilians and children while serving in the IDF.
The woman, Elena Zakusilo, did volunteer for the IDF and served in a junior administrative position, but her testimony, which was proven to be false shortly after it came out, was taken from a Ukrainian TV show called Lie Detector and aired in November 2013.
The video clip featured in the report shows the Lie Detector host asking Zakusilo how long she served in the IDF, to which she responds “six years.”
Outright lies from the Ukraine
The documentary begins with Elena Zakusilo, a Ukrainian Jewish woman who claimed on a local television game show that she served in a combat role in the IDF, including being forced by the IDF to murder innocent children: a form of blood libel that has served as an excuse for violence against Jews throughout history.
The IDF and Ukranian security services investigated: It turns out the woman had blatantly lied. In fact, the show’s producers had scripted her entire speech in a ploy to increase ratings, even though they apparently knew that Zakusilo’s role in the IDF had been low ranking, administrative and non-combat.
Al Jazeera then misleads audiences with a segment on an unrelated group called “Caliber 3,” a private firm that mostly trains civilian security contractors who work with the Israeli police. Caliber 3 also offers basic self-defense classes for private individuals, a minority of their work.
Yet Al Jazeera portrayed Caliber-3 as a military unit, and its civilian self-defense classes as a military activity. It’s like saying a person who takes a CPR class at the hospital is a surgeon. It’s just simply untrue.
In an exclusive conversation with HonestReporting, Caliber 3 explains:
Caliber 3 does not work for the IDF or the State of Israel on volunteer training. We did not train people who were presented [in the Al Jazeera documentary] as working with the IDF.
Israel’s 90 year old “combat support” troops
Substituting dramatic music for substance, the documentary’s producers claimed to “infiltrate” the Sar-El civilian volunteer group. Sar-El, whose volunteers include retirees in their 70s, 80s and even 90s, helps the IDF with basic non-combat tasks: such as painting, cleaning and packing medical supplies.
Referring to similar articles in the past Sar-El clarified:
Sar-El never places volunteers in a combat capacity, [but rather] property maintenance, medical supplies or food preparation. We, at Sar-El … firmly oppose such a biased, dishonest and insane presentation.
Nonetheless, Al Jazeera described Sar-El incorrectly as “combat support,” while showing completely unrelated videos of soldiers firing machine guns. It would almost be comical: the idea of 90 year olds fighting combat missions, except that the results are much more sinister:
HonestReporting learned that after local newspapers in Europe published similarly misleading articles in the past, several elderly Sar-El volunteers were detained by police in their home countries, questioned, and even faced criminal charges. Charges have been consistently either dropped or not brought at all once authorities understood the truth. However, one volunteer was forced to shut his local business when a newspaper convinced his community that he was a “war criminal.”
Not just bad journalism: defamation.
Most Western countries define “defamation” as:
Any intentional false communication, either written or spoken, that harms a person’s reputation; decreases the respect, regard or confidence in which a person is held; or induces disparaging, hostile or disagreeable opinions or feelings against a person.
In these cases, volunteers were indeed portrayed falsely in a manner that definitely harmed their reputations and produced hostility against them. In short, Al Jazeera’s documentary isn’t just bad journalism, it is defamation: at least a civil, and possibly even a criminal offense.
To this end, the documentary includes offhand references to Brits who illegally fight for Islamic State (ISIS) and discusses two British nationals who were convicted and sentenced to prison for activities in the civil war in Syria.
Al Jazeera then indicates that Grete Kvelland Skaara and other Norwegian volunteers may have acted improperly or even violated their country’s laws: they accomplish this by blatantly mistranslating a statement from a local mayor Arvid Grundekjøn:
I have served in the Norwegian defense, so I can’t wear the uniform of another country.
HonestReporting obtained a correct translation, and learned what Grundekjøn had actually said:
For me who has served in the Norwegian defense, it seems strange to wear uniform for another country…but I will not criticize Grete Kvelland Skaara for helping the Israeli military.
As the Elder of Ziyon blog points out:
…dozens of armies recruit volunteer soldiers, including Great Britain, the US, France, Spain, Denmark, the UAE, New Zealand and Serbia [and some] accept non-military volunteers, like Britain’s Army Cadets.
Once a reader sees past the outright lies, mistranslations and misleading editing, it becomes clear that Israel’s volunteer and recruiting programs are not only legal and ethical, but similar to the practices of most countries in the Western world.
The Israel Defense Forces
The IDF’s code of ethics states in part:
The IDF and its soldiers are obligated to protect human dignity. Every human being is of value regardless of his or her origin, religion, nationality, gender, status or position. IDF soldiers will not use their weapons and force to harm human beings who are not combatants or prisoners of war, and will do all in their power to avoid causing harm to their lives, bodies, dignity and property.
The IDF is a modern, professional army with a high dedication to ethics in warfare and to upholding international laws. It is therefore utterly absurd to even imply a comparison between the IDF and groups such as Syrian rebels or Islamic State (ISIS).
It is equally absurd to accuse international Israel supporters of improper or even criminal behavior for activities that are both legal and common in countries around the world.
It is for this very reason that in order to make its case, Al Jazeera relies on dramatic music, misleading editing, mistranslations and outright lies.
What happens next?
Israel’s Government Press Office (GPO) has been considering whether to become the latest in a long line of countries to remove Al Jazeera’s local news bureau for committing incitement to violence. Incitement is not legal in any country, including in those that value free speech.
As part of this process the GPO recently revoked press credentials of one particularly problematic Al Jazeera journalist: Elias Karam. Yet even though Karam described his work as “resistance to the occupation” (effectively admitting that it is not actually journalism) the GPO nonetheless is now leaning in favor of reinstating his credentials.
However, Al Jazeera is now putting Jews, and Israel supporters around the world in direct personal danger through an act of illegal defamation. Perhaps the GPO should indeed move forward with their original plans: both for Karam and for the entire Al Jazeera bureau.
Defamation and incitement to violence is not “journalism” and it is not “free speech.”
It is just plain wrong.