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Again: Catholic news or destructive propaganda?
Independent Catholic News is uncritically relaying more hate-driven propaganda against the Jewish State, this time from War on Want.
A little journalistic research by Independent Catholic News might have revealed that War on Want is currently under investigation by the Charities Commission about this.
The Charity Commission for England and Wales is looking at whether an anti-Israel event to be hosted on Sunday by War on Want, a registered British charity, constitutes a breach of their charity status.
But, no, ICN leaps, drooling, on anything which makes Israel look bad, while avoiding anything even faintly critical of the Palestinians, most of whom favour missile bombardment of civilian populations and kidnapping.
As Christian Hate? discovers:
Scrolling through ICN's headlines, I counted 14 features on the Holy Land between 1 June and 6 July. Apart from two neutral statements from the Vatican, all have an anti-Israel spin, presenting the Palestinians alone as innocent victims of the conflict. None focuses on terrorism, indeed the nearest any of them come to an explicit acknowledgment that it is an issue at all is this:-
'Israel froze VAT and customs taxes owed to the Palestinian Authority when Hamas, which has been labelled a terrorist organisation by the United States and other countries, was elected to power and continued to refuse to recognize Israel's right to exist. Hamas will also not lay down its weapons in what it says is an armed struggle for liberation of its still-occupied territories in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.'
In the same period ICN carried one feature on Darfur.
As part of its mission statement, War on Want (previously run by George Galloway) claims that it is “Fighting for a world without poverty”, although it is selective about whose poverty it fights. Does it fight the poverty suffered by Israelis, where one in three children go hungry?
It would help in that ‘fight’ if War on Want condemned the terrorist attacks on Israel which are such a drain on its economy. War on Want doesn’t appear to want a peaceful, prosperous Israel, from which its Arab neighbours would benefit financially. A fight against Palestinian poverty necessitates a fight against Palestinian terrorism.
Its report, “Profiting from the Occupation”, maintains the lie that there is a ‘humanitarian crisis’. It also makes unjustified accusations against Israel of 'war crimes' while failing, anywhere, to accuse Palestinians of terrorism. Neither are they interested in the Palestinian child abuse which involves encouraging children to be combatants and using them as human shields - surely war crimes.
War on Want declares war on an assortment of companies. If you don’t support War on Want’s unjust position or its destructive hatred for the Jewish State, then do your shopping at Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, and if you happen to need something larger, like a bulldozer or a rail link, buy them from Caterpillar and Connex.
Just so you can judge how fair and unbiased War on Want is, look who else was at the public conference to launch their
missile, I mean report. Here we learn that one speaker was to be the Reverend Stephen Sizer so admired by extreme anti-Semites, while ICN (which used to publish material by one of Sizer's anti-semitic admirers) tells us that