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Haaretz article credits PMW for exposing first iteration of PA libel that settler rabbis called to poison Palestinian water
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Haaretz article credits PMW
for exposing first iteration of PA libel
that settler rabbis called to poison
Palestinian water


Headline: After Mahmoud Abbas, the Deluge for the Palestinians

by Amira Hass, June 29, 2016

Mahmoud Abbas has once again caused embarrassment. In his speech to the European Parliament, he repeated the nonsense in a “report” that had appeared in the Palestinian media a few days earlier, according to which the chairman of the “Settlements Council” had ordered the poisoning of Palestinian wells and drinking water in the West Bank.

In his speech, the Palestinian president changed this to “Just a week ago, a week, a group of rabbis in Israel announced, in a clear announcement, demanding their government, to poison, to poison, the water of the Palestinians.” A day later he retracted this statement, via his office...

According to The New York Times, the “report” had appeared on the website of some PLO office (it didn’t specify which), and from there was picked up by the official Turkish website Anadolu and a newspaper in Dubai. Palestinian Media Watch located a report broadcast by the official Palestinian television station on June 20, which asserted that an Israeli human rights organization had “revealed” the order by a rabbi named Shlomo Melamed.

But there is no organization called the Settlements Council, and there is no rabbi named Shlomo Melamed. And no Israeli human rights organization “revealed” his words, according to an article in The Jerusalem Post (cited by Palestinian Media Watch)...
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