FC: Israeli ambassador falls for blog "Zionist occupation" parody

From: Declan McCullagh (declanat_private)
Date: Wed Jan 22 2003 - 14:31:18 PST

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    The parody:
    Anyone remember Pierre Salinger?
    Wednesday, January 22, 2003 2:52 p.m. EST
    Charles Johnson's excellent Little Green Footballs blog published a parody 
    last week, a story from "Al-Jee'ef" that "reported" on an Arab League 
    statement denouncing the " 'illegal Zionist occupation' of Earth orbit." 
    (The joke referred to a real news story, on Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon, 
    now aboard the space shuttle Columbia.) There was no such Arab League 
    statement, but Ha'aretz, the newspaper sometimes called the New York Times 
    of Israel, published a headline on its Web site: "Arab League condemns NASA 
    inclusion of Israeli astronaut as 'first step in illegal Zionist occupation 
    of space.' (News Agencies)"
    Today LGF notes that an article by Israel's ambassador to France, which 
    appears in the French-language Guysen Israel News, also cites the parody as 
    if it were on the level.
    We almost can't blame the Israelis for falling for this; after all, such a 
    statement by the Arab League would be no more insane than typical Arab 
    politics. The Jerusalem Post reports that Yasser Arafat's Palestinian 
    Authority has named a soccer tournament after Abdel Baset Odeh, the Hamas 
    terrorist who murdered 30 Jews in last year's Passover massacre.
    Arafat won a Nobel Peace Prize in 1994.
    It's a good thing the Arabs don't play real football, or this Sunday we 
    might be watching the Raiders- Martyrs Super Bowl. 
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