PA TV: Israeli bombing of building in Gaza was "terror" equal to 9/11
by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
In its latest efforts to demonize Israel, the Palestinian Authority is claiming that Israel's bombing of a building in Gaza was like the Islamist terrorist organization Al-Qaeda's airplane attack on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. PA TV produced a short 20-second video with a split screen showing one of the hijacked planes hitting the Twin Towers in 2001 opposite Israel's bombing of a 12-story building in Gaza from which Hamas terrorists operated. PA TV News aired this video in several news reports in the past week.
As the buildings collapse, the words "Same Terror" appear on the screen.
[Official PA TV, Aug. 24-26]
What PA TV chose to hide from its viewers were the following facts:
- The building in Gaza housed an operations room of Hamas terrorists and was therefore a military target.
The World Trade Center housed no terrorists and was a deliberate attack on civilians.
- Before the attack in Gaza, Israel warned all the civilians in the building to evacuate. Nobody was killed in the attack.
There was no warning before the World Trade Center attack. Close to 3,000 innocent civilians were murdered.
Palestinian Media Watch has documented that PA policy is to demonize Israel with many varied libels. Comparing Israel's targeting of terrorists to the murders of 9/11 is another kind of demonization. Often the PA will cite a true event and use it as a starting point for its libels. In this case, Israel did destroy a building. But everything else is false.