Accusation That Flotilla “Auschwitz” Exchange Was Faked Exposed As, errr, Fake


This is a cross-post by Ben Cohen of Z-Word

The IDF has now released an official clarification regarding the audio released yesterday of a radio communication in which a flotillista tells the Israeli Navy to “Go Back to Auschwitz.” Bottom line: the exchange is genuine. Those who questioned its authenticity – like Max Blumenthal and Ali Abunimah – have yet again revealed to the world that their grasp of such trifling matters as truth and falsehood is shaky at best.

The accusation that the audio was fake rested on the following “A-ha!” moment: labeled on YouTube as originating from the Mavi Marmara, the audio contained the voice of a passenger (Huwaida Arraf of the ghastly International Solidarity Movement) who was traveling on another ship in the flotilla. The IDF subsequently explained that the audio was incorrectly labeled, because what was recorded came from an open channel which all the ships in the flotilla could access. In any other context, the mislabeling would be seen as an honest, and rather insignificant, mistake, but in the fevered imagination of Max Blumenthal, it becomes a conspiracy.

Now that the principal argument for the faking accusation has been decisively hobbled, what other evidence exists to support Blumenthal? He accepts that the exchange occurred, if only because his pal Huwaida makes an appearance. So is he saying that the IDF doctored the tape and inserted the voices? Read his blog and you’ll see that he is, because he doesn’t find the foreign accents he hears convincing (I’ll bet Blumenthal hasn’t met that many foreigners, so he doesn’t get that one person can speak with American, Arabic, Francophone and many other inflections in their voice.) Not quite the smoking gun, in any case.

Back in the real world, the Rachel Corrie docked in Ashdod without incident and Hamas is back to doing what it does best: making the lives of ordinary Gazans a hellish misery. Since Blumenthal is unlikely to write about any of these things, perhaps he might find a moment to pen a quick retraction/humble apology for making accusations that are, to use his favorite word, “idiotic.”

41 comments on “Accusation That Flotilla “Auschwitz” Exchange Was Faked Exposed As, errr, Fake

  1. Pingback: Full Gaza flotilla radio communication: “Auschwitz-9/11-helping Arabs” « Tony Blair

  2. Not really, Germolene. Because these Islamist liars find it so easy and are very inclined to double deal and are paranoid in the extreme, they find it all too easy to believe that if they can do it to others, then others are bound to do it to them.

    Most worrying, however, is the ease with which others, who one would think would be much more sane and real-world based, collude with their fantasies.

    Noa, thanks for the suggestion. For those who want them, the words are:

    Hear the song at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOGG_osOoVg&feature=player_embedded

    There comes a time
    When we need to make a show
    For the world, the Web and CNN
    There’s no people dying, so the best that we can do
    Is create the greatest bluff of all
    We must go on pretending day by day
    That in Gaza, there’s crisis, hunger and plague
    Coz the billion bucks in aid won’t buy their basic needs
    Like some cheese and missiles for the kids

    CHORUS

    We’ll make the world
    Abandon reason
    We’ll make them all believe that the Hamas Is Momma Theresa
    We are peaceful travellers
    With guns and our own knives
    The truth will never find its way to your TV

    Ooooh, we’ll stab them at heart
    They are soldiers, no one cares
    We are small, and we took some pictures with doves
    As Allah showed us, for facts there’s no demand
    So we will always gain the upper hand

    (CHORUS) We’ll make the world
    Abandon reason
    We’ll make them all believe that the Hamas Is Momma Theresa
    We are peaceful travellers we’re waving our own knives
    The truth will never find its way to your TV

    If Islam and terror brighten up your mood
    But you worry that it may not look so good
    Well well well well don’t you realize
    You just gotta call yourself
    An activist for peace and human aid

    FINAL CHORUS:
    We’ll make the world Abandon reason
    We’ll make them all believe that the Hamas Is Momma Theresa
    We are peaceful travellers
    We’re waving our own knives
    The truth will never find its way to your TV

    We con the world
    We con the people
    We’ll make them all believe the IDF is Jack the Ripper
    We are peaceful travellers
    We’re waving our own knives
    The truth will never find its way to your TV

    We con the world (Bruce: we con the world…)
    We con the people (Bruce: we con the people…)
    We’ll make them all believe the IDF is Jack the Ripper
    We are peaceful travellers
    We’re waving our own knives
    The truth will never find its way to your TV
    The truth will never find its way to your TV

    Spread the video and the words far and wide.

  3. Whether they said it or not is neither here not there, a couple of insensible and insulting words, by some Islamists, will not end the State of Israel, far from it.

    The right-wing reaction in Israel is painfully predictable.

    But, I have one question. This is a CiF watch site, which I think is okay, and not without reason, but is it a rabid right-wing reactionary site too?

  4. There is no time
    When we will leave you
    There is no time in which we will not pledge allegiance to you
    But what Israel must understand
    Like every women and man
    Is that we cannot break the bounds of truth to simply please you

  5. MIE, do you know what “truth” is?

    Objective reality-type truth, that is, and not necessarily what is true for you?

    If you do, then you will realise that this is not a rabid right-wing reactionary site, or a rabid left-wing site either.

    You may well think it is right wing, however, if you are a rabid left-winger.

  6. MIE

    Pain de mie?

    a couple of insensible and insulting words, by some Islamists, will not end the State of Israel, far from it

    You have missed the point. Israel may be quite right to take this as an indication of a strongly anti-Semitic, and quite possibly genocidal, agenda by flotilla organisers.

    An old sayng: “Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you.”

  7. If you ask me, it’s completely irresponsible to recommend to go and read Max Blumenthal’s blog, it’s too sickening an experience. Otherwise, good piece by Ben.

  8. ”The bounds of truth”
    Martyn: You have offered no grounds on which to doubt this. It is entirely reasonable to expect vicious mercenaries who are our lifelong enemies to say such things and yet dedicated and loving MIE you find yourself forced, apparently beyond your will, to admit it’s a lie.

    Bunkum, you’re the hysterical and not very clever bigot you’ve always seemed to be, latching onto minor points and worrying them to death, on cif.

  9. So, your truth is rabid extreme right-wing nationalism?

    You are not CiF Watch, you are an excuse for vile extremism.

  10. Porr old Gerald Kreeve, you are a nasty mange oriented bigot, and you’ve got the political rabies.

  11. MIE you again offer no proof, no support. You make extreme statements and expect them to be accepted for no reason whatsoever.

  12. Toko LeMoko

    Just because you appear to be a trolling idiot, doesn’t mean you are one.

    But, I could be wrong.

  13. >> Gerald Kreeve

    >> Bunkum, you’re the hysterical and not very clever bigot you’ve always seemed to be, latching onto minor points and worrying them to death, on cif.

    Insult, lie and BS. Well done!
    So who are you?

  14. >> Gerald Kreeve

    >> I have issues with people who accuse others of lying on no grounds at all.

    You have no problem with lies about me? You have more faces than Janus.

  15. MIE what is your reason for saying that the auschwitz reaction was a fake and calling this a right wing site.
    If you want respect don’t make accusations without grounds

  16. Come on, admit it, this site is a lie, it’s so called mandate is trashed.

    CiF Watching is one thing, encouragement of hate and closing down of debate,another.

  17. >> Gerald Kreeve

    > MIE what is your reason for saying that the auschwitz reaction was a fake > and calling this a right wing site.
    > If you want respect don’t make accusations without grounds

    I didn’t even comment on the “Auschwitz” allegation. You know, when I was a young lad, a Palestinian lad said to me, “you should have all died in concentration camps”, he was angry. That lad was angry, he thought he could hurt me with his words, and he did. After an hour, he apologised, and said he didn’t really mean it. This is human.

  18. After an hour, he apologised, and said he didn’t really mean it.

    Your sample size is inadequate. That is, the question is not whether the one meant it; the question is whether a significant number mean it, and act accordingly.

  19. >> Toko LeMoko
    >> Gerald, let the rabid dog lie.

    If I am a rabid dog that lies, then at least I am more human and more honest that you.

  20. >>> Christian Zionist
    >>> After an hour, he apologised, and said he didn’t really mean it.

    >>>> Your sample size is inadequate. That is, the question is not whether the one meant it; the question is whether a significant number mean it, and act accordingly.

    I am not saying an anecdote means a category.

    Look it up.

  21. Gerald

    I didn’t say it was right or wrong (okay it isn’t right) , I said it was irrelevant in the context.

    Now, if someone down the road used the “Auschwitz” slur down my way, I would take them to task. But, the context would be quite different.

  22. Ben

    “The IDF subsequently explained that the audio was incorrectly labeled, because what was recorded came from an open channel which all the ships in the flotilla could access. In any other context, the mislabeling would be seen as an honest, and rather insignificant, mistake, but in the fevered imagination of …”

    Oh what a tangled web we weave. The attack on the paratroopers was ghastly and a slur on pacifists everywhere..leave it at that ..all this faffing about trying to nazify the protesters only convinces those who need no such convincing.

  23. htd; Thats”oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practise to deceive” – the voice was identified. Despite years of practise the tangled web still trips you up.

  24. Funny how MIE demands respect for the “truth” but is unable to admit to the simple FACT that the peacekeepers and law-enforcers were set upon by a bunch of unwashed Islamic activists and leftwing fascists WITHOUT provocation.

    If the videos of left-fascist and Islamists beating the officers even before they let go off the rope cannot convince MIE, then his definition of the “truth” must mean the “lying weasily fascistic dominant ideological narrative”.

  25. Gerald

    Slightly off topic.. but on CIF there is an article by Nick Cohen..”Sympathise with Israel, but not the blockade ”

    and this is subtitled

    “The situation in Gaza is a gift to apologists for extreme Islam ”

    In no way does Cohen imply this …his article is straightforward pro Israeli narrative…the world hates Jews etc etc and he mentions the blockade briefly ….”The true measure of the disastrous consequences of the Gaza blockade for all sides ” …but goes on “Israelis are not being irrational. ” In no sense does he suggest “Gaza is a gift to apologists for extreme Islam ” nor describe any hint of criticism of the blockade WHATSOEVER.

    This is attempting to put a spin on Cohen’s article for some reason that eludes me…it will infuriate him…and is a misreading of the article.

  26. here’s another conspiracy libel that is spreading like wild-fire on the internet

    “EXIF Scandal”
    see:
    http://elderofziyon.blogspot.com/2010/06/anti-israel-freaks-think-they-caught.html
    libel started here at:
    http://ibnkafkasobiterdicta.wordpress.com/2010/06/02/gaza-flotilla-how-israels-ministry-of-foreign-affairs-fakes-photos-of-seized-weapons/

    I responded to other matters relating to the Flotilla on another forum and jokingly remarked that maybe all the evidence (mainly video) is a Mossad conspiracy.
    In reply I received that they were until proven otherwise. I thought the reply was a joke but that is REALLY how the other side thinks.

    You then get a story like the one above relating to the audio, and now this one related to digital camera EXIF data, and anyone who is locked to the anti-Israel narrative has further proof of conspiracy.

    As part of Israel’s PR effort everything has to be squeaky clean, not setting the date and time correctly on a digital camera is easily turned into a scandal that can resonate amongst the Israel haters, as can mis-labeling an audio clip. Any evidence that can be construed as negating Israel’s case spreads very fast and wide, and the rational explanations are conveniently ignored.

  27. Wow, the European left-wing Israel hating descendents of right-wing Jew-haters are out in force on this one, trying to salvage their sordid reputations by wait for it – telling us that Israelis/Zionists/Jews are liars and by their very nature are the antithesis of human decency. Sorry MIE et al, nothing progressive, humanitarian or even original there, just the same old tropes that make sanctimonious bigots like you feel better about yourselves. Save it for the Guardian or Der Sturmer.

  28. MindlessNorse

    I suppose as a Norseman you’re not yet old enough to read this part of your own article:

    The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit further announced that they have posted the full unedited 5 minute and 58 second recording online.

    It is here.

  29. Heh – Norse – you are grabbing on straws and repeating the Islamic fascists.

    First off, the unedited version is also released and publically available.

    2nd off, the editing was to remove lengths of silence or noise.

    So you are just playing with words — cause you do not have a point.

    IDF never said the edited tape was “authentic”. They said it contained racist material. But you can compare the two versions or yourself.

    So stop the language games and obfuscations.

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