My good friend Scott Johnson, who in real life may be one of the most unassuming people you’ll ever meet, is a tiger when it comes to documenting media shenanigans and Palestinian terrorism. In the upcoming issue of the Weekly Standard, the Power Line heavyweight delves into one of the more reprehensible media-fueled urban legends of 9/11: Yasser Arafat and his blood donation.
Recall the shrieking adulation in the streets of Ramallah when al-Qaeda killed 3,000 people in New York City and Washington DC as the context for this event. Americans, already with our blood boiling, saw the images of ululating Palestinians and began drawing connections between the jihadist mass murderers and the Palestinian cause. Arafat sensed disaster, and the media put on a show to blunt American rage:
The story of Arafat’s blood donation was reported around the world in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, usually accompanied by photographs depicting Arafat in the apparent act of giving blood at the Shifa Hospital in Gaza City. Enderlin elaborated on his contention that the scene depicted in the photographs was staged. According to Pollak’s account of Enderlin’s remarks, “Arafat didn’t
like needles, and so the doctor put a needle near his arm and agitated a bag of blood. The reporters took the requisite photographs.” …
Do the photographs conform to Enderlin’s description of them? In short, the [answer] is yes. … But what about the photographers? What does the record reveal about them?
Among the work of AP photographer Adel Hana is a 2006 photograph claiming to show a Palestinian girl killed by an Israeli airstrike against “Islamic militants” being carried into the Shifa Hospital by a grieving relative surrounded by armed men. It is a heartbreaking photograph. The AP subsequently updated the caption to indicate that “doctors said that the 5-year-old Palestinian girl initially believed to have been killed by an Israeli military strike Wednesday apparently died after sustaining head injuries during a fall from a swing in the same area before the strike.”
Reuters’s Ahmed Jadallah, for his part, is clearly on the team he’s covering. Reuters itself helpfully advises visitors that Jadallah “shoots reportages of Palestinian funerals and Israeli violence” almost daily. Israeli authorities have barred him from going to Reuters’s main office in Jerusalem. Reuters also ingenuously discloses: “He sees it as his mission to have the world see the despair of the Palestinian people.” And, we can fairly assume, the benefactions of their late chairman.
Be sure to read it all. The blood may have been faked, but we saw the bloodthirstiness of the Palestinians for ourselves on 9/11, and all of the media hoaxes in the world can’t possibly erase that from our consciousnesses.