B’nai B’rith International is outraged over a video released by AJ+, whose parent company is Al Jazeera Media Network, asserting that Dima al-Wawi, a 12-year-old Palestinian girl, was detained in Israel without probable cause. The video does not mention why she was in custody, or that al-Wawi was armed when she was apprehended. Al-Wawi was arrested on Feb. 9 for attempting to stab an Israeli security guard in the West Bank near Hebron.
“This video story is incomplete and should be regarded as anti-Israel propaganda. B’nai B’rith condemns AJ+ for not providing accurate information to its followers,” B’nai B’rith International President Gary P. Saltzman said.
A member of the Palestinian Committee for Prisoners’ Affairs stated in the video that “[Israel is] an ugly state. A state that doesn’t respect childhood and violates Palestinian childhood.” Both the Palestinian Authority and Hamas, for years, have been manipulating children, raising whole generations who glorify suicide bombers by dressing toddlers in fake explosive belts. Schools teach children to call Jews “monkeys and pigs.” B’nai B’rith asks if AJ+ has reported on Palestinian incitement and the exploitation of their own children.
By omitting the whole story of Dima al-Wawi in its video, AJ+ sends a deceiving message, resulting in the take away that it’s acceptable to tell a supposed news story without all of the facts.
“There are many different ways Palestinians have tried to delegitimize Israel, some are in the form of protests, like the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement, and others, like this one, are through the media. It is imperative for the world to realize that global anti-Semitism is growing, and that AJ+ is trying to pass off an anti-Israel agenda as news,” B’nai B’rith International Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin said.
B’nai B’rith International has also written directly to AJ+ to complain about the video. Click here to read the letter.