Questions About Hass's Accuracy Overlooked


In her March 15 feature on Israeli journalist Amira Hass, Marjorie Miller does a good job defining the controversy surrounding Hassís point of view and ideology (ďVoice for Israelís EnemyĒ). However, Miller unfortunately neglects to mention lingering questions about Hassís accuracy.

Hass, for example, reported in June, 2001 that Palestinian eyewitnesses saw Hebronís Jewish community celebrating the shooting of a Palestinian by Israeli border police. She described the Jewish residents spitting on, stomping and kicking the Palestinianís corpse and then shouting with joy and passing out candies. Televised accounts of the incident, however, proved Hassís story was entirely bogus. A Jerusalem court found Hass guilty of lying with the malicious intent of damaging the Hebron communityís reputation and fined her more than $60,000.

In an article which explores whether Hassí extreme ideology disqualifies her or not as an observer, this fact about her credibility certainly seems relevant in helping readers make a judgment for themselves.


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