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Israel “trained cattle” to spy! - official PA daily reports

Itamar Marcus  |
  • Village Elder invents Israeli spying cattle story and official PA daily reports it as factual:

“On the neck of each cow they hang a medallion with an eavesdropping and recording device on it, and sometimes cameras, in order to monitor every detail” in the village

After years of PA libels, you think you’ve read and heard it all but then the official PA daily reports that a Palestinian village Elder has encountered Israeli cows that are actually “recruited and trained” spies. In a statement to the official PA daily, Khirbet Yanun Village Elder Rushd Morrar said:

“These are recruited and trained cattle, as on the neck of each cow they hang a medallion with an eavesdropping and recording device on it, and sometimes cameras, in order to monitor every detail in Khirbet Yanun large and small.”

[Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 27, 2022]

To this the Elder added another libel: That “settlers release herds of wild boars” to destroy Palestinian crops. Morrar alleged that “the settlers’ crimes are diversifying and becoming sophisticated, and the means they employ in their war are unlimited.”

These statements bring to mind another outrageous animal libel exposed by Palestinian Media Watch, according to which “settlers” were accused of releasing a species of super rats immune to poison in the Old City of Jerusalem:

"One of the most amazing things that we've read during this month is that [Israeli] settlers have been bringing chests filled with rats and releasing them in the Old City's [Arab] neighborhoods; they breed and have become a major curse... the [Arab] residents' efforts to counter this infestation have failed, especially since cats run away from these rats because of their size and ferocity... All of the conventional efforts to kill them have not succeeded, because they seem to be immune to poison and they breed in the sewers. It is known that this female rat gives birth seven times a year, each time giving birth to 20 babies; which compels Jerusalem's [Arabs] today to face the dangers of [Israeli] settlement and the infestation of rats."

[Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 18, 2008]

Other PA libels include the claims that Israel is planning to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque, that a Jew started the fire in the Al-Aqsa Mosque, that Israel murders innocent Palestinians and then places knives near the dead Palestinians to claim they are terrorists, that “Israel rewards their soldiers for killing Palestinians,” that Israel poisoned Palestinian wells, that Israel carries out “mass murder of Palestinians," and many others. Click to read other PA libels.

The following is a longer excerpt of the report on the village Elder’s libel:

“Difficult living conditions and primitive lives, old mud homes, a school with a tin roof, a lack of communications lines or transportation, settlements surrounding in all four directions, recurring attacks, and forced expulsion – this is the situation of the 82 residents living in Khirbet Yanun, southeast of Nablus…

Khirbet Yanun Village Elder Rushd Morrar told [the official PA daily] Al-Hayat Al-Jadida: ‘With the start of the winter season, the suffering of the farmers in the Yanun village increases, because the settlers release herds of wild boars in the direction of the agricultural territories. The settlers’ crimes are diversifying and becoming sophisticated, and the means they employ in their war are unlimited – starting with direct acts of murder and ending with incidents of car ramming on the roads; starting with burning agricultural crops, uprooting trees, and stripping lands, and ending with releasing boars towards the farmers’ lands.’

Morrar thinks that the release of the boars towards the lands of Yanun is a weapon whose efficiency is certain. He said that the settlers started quietly using it years ago far from public attention, and that it is a guided weapon that does not cause damage to the settlers, due to the barbed wire fences surrounding their settlements from all sides.

He added: ‘One of the prominent expressions of the settlement enterprise in Yanun is the pasture settlement; the settlements’ cattle randomly invade the lands of Yanun and eat everything in their path. They do not distinguish between olive trees and oak trees. They belong to the guard of the Gidonim settlement (sic., mountain ridge). This has caused the destruction of the olive trees and ruined the season. They also attack the plastic greenhouses, and in the summer season [attack] the wheat and barley crops, and they ruin the harvest season.’

He noted that these are recruited and trained cattle, as on the neck of each cow they hang a medallion with an eavesdropping and recording device on it, and sometimes cameras, in order to monitor every detail in Khirbet Yanun large and small.

[Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 27, 2022]