This, by Agence France Presse (AFP), is one of the most misleading propaganda efforts I have ever seen.
Eighty per cent of the readers will not read more than that headline.
The first paragraph:
Donetsk (Ukraine) (AFP) – Ukraine’s pro-Russian rebel chief on Monday branded the country’s leaders “miserable” Jews in an apparent anti-Semitic jibe.
Of those 20 per cent of the readers who will read the first paragraph only one forth will also read the second one. The “anti-semitic” accusation has thereby been planted in 95 per cent of the readership. Now here is the second paragraph:
Alexander Zakharchenko, leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, claimed that Kiev’s pro-Western leaders were “miserable representatives of the great Jewish people“.
Saying that George W. Bush and Dick Cheney were “miserable representatives of the great American people” would be “anti-American”? What is anti-semitic in calling “the Jewish people” “great”?
The AFP reporter and editor who put that up deserve an Orwellian reward. It is one of the most misleading quotations I have ever seen. Accusing Zakharchenko of anti-semitism when he is actually lauding Jews.
Now I do not agree with Zakharchenko. There is no such thing as “the Jewish people” in the sense of a racial or national determination. There are people of various nationalities and racial heritages who assert that they follow, or their ancestors followed, religious Jewish believes. Some of them may have been or are “great”. But that does not make them “the Jewish people” just like followers of Scientology do not make “the Scientologish people”.