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NY Mag viral story about Israel making up Hamas involvement in teen kidnapping falling apart

NY Mag viral story about Israel making up Hamas involvement in teen kidnapping falling apart

Israel just cleared for reporting kidnapping of three teens was assisted by Hamas in Gaza, and Israel had the mastermind in custody for weeks.

Paul Hirschson from the Israeli Foreign Ministry discloses that the order to kidnap three Israeli teens, whose bodies were found in June, came from Hamas in Gaza:

Why is this important?

Because Katie Zavadski of NY Magazine spread far and wide the story that Israel essentially made up the claim that Hamas was behind the kidnapping (note – the link goes to an updated version of the NY Mag story — original headline below).

(Screen capture via Seth Frantzman)

That assertion was based on tenuous and speculative reporting by Sheera Frenkel of BuzzFeed and Jon Donnisson of the BBC that an Israeli police official, who was not even in charge of the investigation, had admitted that at most it was a “lone cell” of Hamas in the West Bank.

I explored this development in NY Magazine’s contribution to the propaganda war against Israel

The police official denied making the statement.

But that narrative, of a fake Hamas involvement exploited by Israel, went viral. As of this writing, it has been shared directly over 280,000 times, and probably a multiple of that based on others writing about it:

NY Mag Hamas Not Involved in Kidnapping Shares 8-5-2014

It has become part of the media backdrop. I even heard a pro-Palestinian commentator mention it last night on CNN.

But according to reports released by Israel this afternoon, Hamas was involved. The Jewish Press reports:

Released for Publication:

Hussam al-Kawasmeh, the terrorist who planned and commanded the terror cell that kidnapped Eyal Yifrach, 19, Gilad Sha’ar, 16, and Naftali Frenkel, 16, has been arrested.

Kawasmeh was taken into custody three weeks ago in a joint Shin Bet – IDF sting operation in the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat….

He confessed under interrogation to having masterminded the terrorist attack, and to having obtained financing for the operation from Hamas in Gaza.

The Hebron resident had attempted to escape to Jordan using false identity papers as soon as the bodies of the three young Israeli teenage murder victims were unearthed from their hurriedly dug, shallow stony graves in a field along Highway 60 just north of Hebron.

Under interrogation, Kawasmeh confessed that he masterminded the operation to kidnap and murder the boys. Marwan Kawasmeh – his kinsman – and Amar Abu Aisha, both also residents of Hebron, are suspected of being the ones to having joyfully carried out those plans. The actually gunshots that murdered the boys and the celebrations of their attackers after the murders in the getaway car were heard on a recording made by police via a call from one of the boys as he desperately sought rescue. The two murderers, meanwhile, remain at large.

Among other things, the interrogation also revealed that the terror cell that kidnapped and murdered the boys received orders and financing from Hamas in Gaza and overseas.

The search for the two operatives continues.

The Times of Israel further reports:

While Hamas denied responsibility for the kidnapping, The Times of Israel has learned that Hussam Kawasme has a brother active in Hamas who was freed in the Gilad Shalit prisoner swap and deported to Gaza. It’s thought that the order to carry out the kidnapping came from there.

Those responsible work under the auspices of former Palestinian interior minister Fathi Hammad with another senior Hamas official in Ankara, Salah al-Arouri, who are responsible for planning dozens of attacks in the West Bank.

According to Palestinian security sources, there is little doubt that the group that carried out the kidnapping is linked to Hamas’s leadership abroad.

What is Frenkels’ reaction so far? She’s checking back with her sources:

Seriously, did Frenkel, Donnisson, New York Magazine, and Zavadski ever consider that the Israelis might have more information than they were disclosing? And that maybe they were playing things close to the vest — such as an arrest — so as not to tip others off.

When war and peace are at stake, we need more than amateur hour in the press.


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Nice tracking of the story. Be sure to continue to attach the reporters’ names to their stories. In time, we will know who bothers to do their job.

The the difference in how Israel (who takes her security seriously) behaved in this capture and how US President Peace Prize behaved in the same-day announcement of the death of UBL is astounding.

Israel was able to exploit the intelligence value of the kidnap planner’s arrest. America was not able to exploit the intelligence goldmine in Bin Laden’s death.

“Andrew Sullivan declared it The Lie Behind The War.”

“The actual[ly] gunshots that murdered the boys and the celebrations of their attackers after the murders in the getaway car were heard on a recording made by police via a call from one of the boys as he desperately sought rescue.”

Andrew Sullivan will not sleep in a hurriedly dug, shallow stony grave in a field tonight. If he has convinced himself that he will die on the right side of history, who am I to question him?

Another false narrative nailed. When there is probable cause to doubt, we should expect multiple, independent corroborating sources.

The BBC doesn’t care. It sees it’s job as being part of the greater plan to deligitimise Israel and to portray jews as blood thirsty murderers.


the MFM lied, “unexpectedly”…

LukeHandCool | August 5, 2014 at 7:07 pm

Seems Hamas has kidnapped many a reporter’s heart.

When your heart’s on fire,

you must realize,

smoke gets in your eyes,

your plot twists are all lies.

“Andrew Sullivan will not sleep in a hurriedly dug, shallow stony grave…”

Aside from his spiral into madness, I suspect that another factor is his understandable fear that if he writes the truth he will stop getting party invitations from the “right sort of” New Yorkers.

Sadly, this is how far the news business has degenerated in the last couple of decades.

Media was NEVER “objective” at all, and could not be expected to be. But there used to be a range of opinions in media ownership and management that was reflected in the coverage. There were liberal and conservative papers, Democrat and Republican papers.

While Huntley and Brinkley and Cronkite were all FDR Democrats on the evening news, ABC had Howard K. Smith with a more Republican POV for a few years.

But since they aided Clinton in getting away with perjury and sexual harassment, the media discovered they didn’t pay such a high price for brazenly taking sides.

They opposed Bush, and have covered up for Obama at every stage of his career.

There is no more credible media.

    Captain Keogh in reply to Estragon. | August 6, 2014 at 8:57 am

    Chet Huntley & David Brinkley, Walter Cronkite, Howard K. Smith – I fondly remember those professionals. They were replaced by deeply flawed partisans such as “Palestine Pete” Jennings, John Chancellor, Brian Williams, Charles Gibson, and Dan Rather.

Andrew Sullivan, btw, is an idiot. See for reference his long nutty campaign against Trig Palin.

Did these idiots think we would believe them?

Katie Zavadski of NY Magazine has her head up her ass-ski because she is in a liberal cult-ski, and has no clue of the damage she’s doing to the world.

At least she doesn’t have to worry about a paying for a colonoscope every few years begin she has her own eyeballs on the inside her colon.

Captain Keogh | August 6, 2014 at 9:01 am

I am glad that the IDF and Shin Bet despite the obvious seriousness of the Gaza War never let up in capturing that scum bucket and will soon eliminate his two accomplices.

Another MSM outlet beclowns itself. Between ClimateFraud, white liberal guilt and anti-Semitism, I can’t fathom why any of them have any credibility left at all. And newspapers and magazines wonder why they’re dying.