Jerusalem Post Makes HUGE ERROR– Misreports Honor Killing

UPDATE The Jerusalem Post responds:

In the context of the Hamas-Fatah power struggle, Fatah officials and security agents have distributed a video documenting the alleged killing of a 16-year-old girl in the Gaza Strip.

But it has emerged that that the footage was taken in Iraq, where a 16-year-old girl was killed for “dishonoring” her family.

Fatah claimed that the victim was Nahed Juha, a 16-year-old girl who was indeed killed together with her two sisters, Lina and Suha, in the Gaza Strip last July.

Fatah security officials even provided reporters with two “eyewitnesses” who claimed that that had witnesses the lynching of Nahed Juha.

For the past few years, both Fatah and Hamas have been involved in a smear campaign against each other. The two parties have devoted tremendous efforts to manipulate the media, often feeding reporters with false information.

Last week Fatah managed to sell another hoax to reporters when it claimed that its security forces had discovered rocket launchers in Bethlehem that were directed against Jerusalem. It later turned out that the “rockets” were simple pipes that has been set up by children who were trying to imitate Hamas.

MORE from the J-Post…

Some are now trying to claim that this is “Jewish
propaganda” and that the whole affair was a “zionist plot to
defame Islam.”

Of course this is ridiculous and says a lot about Fatah’s
credibility. They even provided false witnesses.

IMRA has more on the story.

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Original post:
** I am a HUGE fan of The Jerusalem Post but today they made a
MAJOR MISTAKE

Thanks to Carl in Jerusalem for the tip.
The Jerusalem Post claims today that an honor killing caught on tape occurred in Gaza recently:

After more than 20 years in the business, and just when you think you’ve seen it all, there’s always something that shocks you more than ever.

This time it’s the brutal murder of a 16-year-old girl in the Gaza Strip. Her crime: “dishonoring” her family. Of course, there is no way to verify the allegations against her and other females who have fallen victim to “honor killings.”

The gruesome murder occurred a few weeks ago, when the girl – who looks much younger than her age – was dragged into the street and handed to an mob of angry young men.

Eyewitnesses told The Jerusalem Post that many of those who participated in the lynch were Hamas members and relatives of the girl.

A five-minute video obtained by the Post over the weekend reveals the savagery and mercilessness of the killers.

What’s really disturbing is that none of those at the crime scene tried to intervene to save the girl’s life.

More than 20 young men are seen beating, stabbing and kicking the little girl before smashing her head with large stones.


THIS IS NOT TRUE…

The killing actually took place in northern Iraq.

This video grab is from the honor killing in northern Iraq in April of this year.
Notice the same sweater.

(Warning: It is a very gruesome video!)
** Publius Pundit posted the video back on April 30, 2007.

I wrote more about the killing and a protest in Kurdistan in response to the killing HERE.

Du’a Khalil Aswad, a 17 year old Kurdish girl was murdered by public stoning after running away from home for a so-called honour crime. Du’a was a member of Iraq’s Yezidi religious minority from the village of Bahzan in northern Iraq. She was killed by a group of men and in the presence of a large noisy crowd in the town of Bashika, near the city of Mosul. Some of her relatives may have participated in her stoning.

Amnesty International reported that Du’a Khalil Aswad’s murder is said to have been committed by relatives and other Yezidi men because she had engaged in a relationship with a Sunni Muslim boy and had been absent from her home for one night.

Stop Honour Killing posted an article on the brave women in the region protesting against honour killing after the death of Du’a Khalil Aswad.

UPDATE: I have contacted a Jerusalem Post staff member.
They wrote back and are checking it out.
I am sure they will handle this in a professional manner.

UPDATE 2: Charles Johnson says 2004- But it is definitely the same video that was making the rounds earlier this year.
(Actually I believe LGF means 2007 not 2004.)

These video grabs were taken by the Daily Mail back in early May after the story hit the mainstream media.

UPDATE 3: This killing was the excuse Al Qaeda gave when they blew up the Yazidi Iraqi villages in August. The Al Qaeda mastermind behind the Yazidi community attacks was later killed by the Allied forces in Iraq.

UPDATE 4: The Jerusalem Post has removed the article.
UPDATE 5: Roger Simon has an idea what may have happened here.
Blue Crab Boulevard has more.

UPDATE 6: Charles Johnson posts a reply by the auther:

Thanks, but it appears we were the victims of a hoax. the film was taken in Iraq, not Gaza. we have been misled deliberately…we have removed the story..apologies!

Roger Simon was correct.

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