Like Ilan Pappe, Mehdi Hasan rewrites history not by exposing new facts, but by omitting facts and context.
Hasan’s comments highlight a reality about much of anti-Israel activism. Criticism of Israel isn’t so much based on what Israel does or doesn’t do, as the activists will find a way to criticize it either way. Instead, criticism of Israel is about its existence in the first place.
Last year, Ramadan anti-Israel incitement and violence — in the guise of a Jihad for Jerusalem — saw many in the mainstream media ignore the historic patterns of provocation by the Palestinian leadership and instead echo their pretexts blaming Israel. Media reporting this year follows the same pattern.
While conflicting sources is a common phenomenon in journalism, it's not often that a journalist directly contradicts his own sources, passing them off as substantiation when they are just the opposite.
Singer John Legend seems to have joined the ranks of pop-culture celebrities with little or no expertise in the Middle East publicly airing inaccurate views on the subject.
April 27 UPDATE: Months after MSNBC declined to immediately make clear that Israel does not burn Palestinian villages, Rep. Ro Khanna appeared on Mehdi Hasan's show and commendably stated: "I vehemently correct that." The incorrigible Hasan took the opportunity to further smear Israel.
Apparently emboldened by MSNBC's failure to broadcast a clarification debunking the grotesque falsehood that Israel is burning down Palestinian villages, host Mehdi Hasan moves on to a new libel: an Israeli sniper targeted a Palestinian child.