Ha’aretz translators simply can’t help themselves. On Thursday, the very same day editors were compelled to correct a falsehood that appeared only in the English edition, and again on Friday, translators were up to their old antics. In the latest batch of “Ha’aretz, Lost in Translation,” translators engage is gross manipulations concerning the Ethiopian birth control controversy, even truncating a letter by an Israeli health official to falsely suggest that he confirmed that Ethiopian women forcibly received birth control shots, and also whitewash Fatah violence.
Thursday’s deceptive coverage of the Ethiopian birth control controversy (“Israeli minister appointing team to prove Ethiopian birth control shot controversy,”) repeats a falsehood that first appeared in Ha’aretz‘s English edition Jan. 28 according to which Health Ministry Director General Prof. Rami Gamzu supposedly confirmed claims of coerced injections of Depo-Provera, long-lasting contraception shots, for Ethiopian women in order to decrease the birth rate of Ethiopian immigrants. The page-one story Thursday (Feb. 28) states:
About a month ago, Health Ministry director-general Prof. Rami Gamzu indicated there may have indeed have been some kind of policy to this effect, when he instructed the fourth health maintenance organizations to stop adminitering Depo-Provera injections as a matter of course. The ministry and other state agencies had previously denied knowledge or responsibility for the practice.
Gamzu’s letter instructed all gynecologists in the HMOs “not to renew prescriptions for Depo-Provera for women of Ethiopian origin if for any reason there is concern they might not understand the ramifications of the treatment.” (Emphases added.)
The English edition’s selective rendition of Gamzu’s letter entails two serious omissions. First, contrary to the translator’s formulation in which Gamzu’s letter “indicated there may have indeed” been a policy to subject Ethiopian women to these shots against their will without being informed of possible side effects, the letter explicitly denied any confirmation of any such claims. Remarkably, the Hebrew version of the same article, but not the English, included this additional key excerpt from Gamzu’s letter, appearing in bold below (CAMERA’s translation):
About a month ago, Ha’aretz reported that the Health Ministry director-general Prof. Rami Gamzu sent out a directive to the four health funds not to automatically give Ethiopian women the injection. “Without taking a position or establishing facts about the claims regarding this matter,” the director-general wrote, “I request that all gynecologists working in or with the HMOs not renew Depo-Provera prescriptions for women of Ethiopian origin or other women if for any reason there is concern they might not undersand the ramifications of the treatment.” (Emphases added.)
he Dheisheh refugee camps and other area Palestinian camps:
Teens and children from Aida have been throwing stone, firebombs and grenades towards Rachel’s Tomb, located in a Muslim cemetery adjacent to the camp, for the past four months. A few years ago Israel surrounded the site with walls. During Operation Defensive Shiled 75 firebombs were hurled at it within an hour. A catapulted explosive charge passed over the wall and exploded in a soldiers’ guard post, which was empty at the time.
And here is a translation of the original Hebrew:
In contrast, the youth of Al-Aida have spent the last four months throwing rocks, firebombs and grenades at Rachel’s Tomb, next to the camp. A few years ago Israel surrounded the grave with walls, and throwing stones over the walls became the local sport. During Operation Operation Pillar of Defense, 75 firebombs were hurled at it within an hour. In one incident, a catapulted explosive charge passed over the wall, and exploded in a soldiers’ guard post, which was empty at the time and so none were injured. This week one of the IDF’s 10-meter-tall pillboxes caught on fire.