AFP's basic premises -- that young eager swimmers in Gaza have nowhere to practice besides the polluted coast and that the athletes are so desperate that they swim in waters that hardly anyone else would dare enter -- just don't hold water.
As The Los Angeles Times promises truth, accuracy and quality journalism, CAMERA calls on editors to either substantiate or retract the dubious claim that the flow of water into Gaza is facing increasingly severe restrictions.
Amira Hass must really like false charges that Israel is stealing Palestinian water, since she keeps on repeating those false charges, requiring us to repeat their refutation.
The latest smear against Israel in the British media involves the recurring false accusation that Israel cruelly uses water as a weapon against Palestinian civilians, by denying civilians an adequate supply.
Arguing in the Los Angeles Times Web site that Israel's "fundamental policy towards the Palestinians" is land "theft," Phyllis Bennis is compelled to ignore Israel's Gaza withdrawal and multiple offers to turn over almost the entire West Bank.
Ha'aretz's Amira Hass uncritically relays Palestinian charges about Israeli water use, making no effort to take into account opposing claims and ignoring facts and figures which refute Israel's critics.
Ha'aretz reporter Amira Hass, best known for her extreme hostility toward Israel, was provided a platform on CBC's "The Sunday Edition" with Michael Enright to spout her vitriol against the Jewish state.
In his July 1, 2010 column, "The Two Sides of a Barbed-Wire Fence," New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof blames Israel for Palestinian cave dwelling that began in 1830, conceals Israeli attempts to integrate Bedouin into towns with running water, and generally misleads readers about the conflict.
National Geographic's Parting the Waters, about Israeli and Palestinian use of water really just parts from the truth. To cite just one of many deceptions, it leads readers to believe there are no Palestinian swimming pools – like the one pictured above, in Jenin.
Judging by the distortions and omissions in her recent column, journalist and activist Victoria Brittain's ostensible concern about methemoglobinemia in Gaza is less important than her desire to assail Israel.