Monday, April 16, 2012

Telecinco turns a blow to the face into a shot.

As reported by The Jerusalem Post on Monday, April 16th, 2012, an Israeli soldier who hit a Danish pro-Palestinian activist in the face with his rifle will be subjected to an investigation.

Also on this day, Spanish TV channel Telecinco reported about the issue. In its news bulletin, at 15:00 hours, the event was literally portrayed as an example of the way in which the Israeli army exercises repression against pro-Palestinian activists, thus extending the guilt over the incident to all Israeli soldiers. But in its official website, Telecinco showed one of the most shocking distortion of facts I've ever read: the blow to the activit's face was not a blow, but a shot. He was fired upon. A rifle bullet was what the activist received in his face.

Under the title Israel suspende a un militar que disparó contra un activista pro palestino (Israel suspends a soldier who shot a pro Palestinian activist), we can read what follows (translated as accurate as possible, between quotation marks):

"The incident took place on Saturday, as declared to the Army Radio by Yoav Mordechai [a military spokesman]. Lieutenant colonel Shalom Eisner can be seen in the video bearing his M-16 rifle with both hands and shooting against a group of individuals who were participating in a march by bicycle in the West Bank.

One of the shots hit in a Danish citizen's face, who fell down and was evacuated by other activists. The activist, whose name is Andreas Ias, was looked after minor injuries in a Palestinian hospital and has declared to the Israeli media he is OK."

There are two videos on YouTube which show the incident. One lasts for 14 seconds and shows Ias being punched in the face. The other shows several incidents recorded on that day, lasts for 2 minutes and 16 seconds, is reserved to adult YouTube users only and also shows Ias being punched.

I only have a question: does somebody see or hear any single bullet being fired?

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

#HITLER becomes trending topic in Spain; anti-Semitic jokes arise.

As most of you probably know, Twitter is a social network which shows those issues which become trending topics (or T.T.'s) in a specific country, and sometimes even in a certain area or city within that country. From 23:35 on Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012, until 2:45 on Wednesday, April 4th, 2012, #HITLER became T.T. in Spain, and anti-Semitic jokes arose.