Monday, December 14, 2009

Anatomy of a Rumor

This YNetNews article explains everything about today's news that a British court issued, then revoked, an arrest warrant for Opposition Leader MK Tzipi Livni for her role in Operation Cast Lead.

Both the al-Quds al-Arabi and al-Jazeera sites in Arabic have independent articles running the story, although as of 5pm al-Jazeera is running this amended story which says the warrant has been revoked.

al-Quds al-Arabi originally reported (catching the eye of Haaretz) that Livni canceled an appearance at the UK's JNF national conference because a London court had issued an arrest warrant against her. While this turned out to be true, the warrant was later revoked when it became clear that Livni was not actually in the country.

Haaretz is still running the story that the warrant is good, JPost is running the story that it was revoked. Go figure.

To say nothing of the hypocrisy of Britain prosecuting the killing of civilians by other states. Really British court system? Because Britain's sterling record on civilian casualties justifies it going after other countries? I have some ashen human remains in Dresden you should meet sometime.

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