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Washington Post: Unbearable lightness of lying about Israel
An article by Scott Wilson claimed Israeli Arabs are "excluded" from the Israeli military. The Post refused to retract, but here's a photo of Israeli Arab soldiers celebrating Christmas.
Submitted By amiiss - Mar 31, 4:57 pm
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Zionism & Israel Center http://zionism-israel.comA prominently featured article by prestigious correspondent Scott Wilson in the Washington Post gratuitously maligned Israel. The article For Israel's Arab Citizens, Isolation and Exclusion ran on page A01 on December 20, 2007 and told a tale of woe and misery. Such articles usually abound in half-truths and distortions, but this one contained at least one outright falsehood. Wilson wrote, "Except for a relatively small Druze population, Arabs are excluded also from military service." Of course, it is not true. The Israeli army has Bedouin and city Arab volunteers. No amount of pleading with the Washington Post ombudsman could elicit a retraction, as Wilson insisted that his fable is correct. So here's the story.
Judge for yourself, folks. A picture is worth - well OK, you know what a picture is worth.
And here's the text that goes with it:
Israel Christian Arab Soldiers Celebrate Christmas
In this photo released by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), Christian Arab Israeli soldiers get their Christmas gifts from their commanding officer Lt.Col. Wasaffi (R) as their Jewish and Bedouin Arab comrades gather around their Christmas tree in their base December 21, 2005 near Kerem Shalom in southern Israel. All the non-Jewish soldiers serving in this unit, the Bedouin Trackers Brigade, are volunteers to the IDF. (Photo by IDF via Getty Images)
. Are you ever going to believe anything Scott Wilson writes again?
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