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The Lag B’Omer “Pogrom”

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The Lag B’Omer “Pogrom” – Ben-Dror Yemini
(dailyalert.org, May 26, 2014)

A Jewish friend from the U.S. called me last week to inquire about a pogrom committed by Jews against Palestinians. A pogrom? He had irrefutable proof. Peter Beinart wrote the words “A Lag B’Omer pogrom” on his Twitter page, with a link to a report on Ha’aretznewspaper’s English-language website. The report’s headline read, “Settlers Torch Palestinian Orchard.”

Torching an orchard is a serious matter, but the Presspectiva website, which looked into the issue, found that the original report, onHa’aretz’s Hebrew-language website, said that “settlers lit a bonfire in an olive grove.” Not a single tree was torched. There are such bonfires all over the country on the Lag B’Omer holiday. But with a distorted translation to English the story became about an orchard being torched. And it evolved into a pogrom, no less. Following an appeal from Presspectiva, the newspaper published a small correction. (Ynet News)


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