Larry Derfner Richard Landes Like the blood on al-Dura that you say was a red rag? Like the bullets fired into the wall that you say were put there by a Palestinian sharpshooter aiming to miss? Like the burial of the boy that you say wasn’t the boy? Like the medical reports on Jamal al-Dura that you say were all a lie? You ask, where was the blood on the ground where they were “shot”? I don’t know, but what I do know is that if there were film of copious blood on the ground, you would say it was fake, it was spilled there by the evil Arabs, it didn’t belong to the al-Duras. And if a Gazan hospital said it matched the al-Duras’ blood, you’d say they were lying. If they ever do exhume the boy’s body and do DNA tests and everything else, even with Israelis involved, and say, yeah, it’s Mohammed al-Dura, it won’t budge you. There will always be Arabs involved somewhere who you can point to and say, They’re lying, that explains everything.
“Oh, so now they’re all liars.”
And indeed they did lie, systematically. (My full passage on Koppel and Jenin is posted here.)
So by insisting that there’s something wrong (morally?) about suspecting the Palestinians of lying, even lying systematically, Derfner has essentially rendered us helpless. See no evil. A recipe for suicide.
Michael Oren did it on CNN with the killings of two Palestinian protesters on Nakba Day a few years ago.
A friend of mine, who isn’t even an Arab-hater, showed me one of the photos and he actually believed it had been doctored by Palestinians because one of the shadows seemed too long or too short or something. You’ve popularized this game.
You and your serial conspiracy theorist colleague Shahaf, among others, have served the cause of deranged Arab-hatred and Jewish moral deadness.