Indy falsely charges that Israel ‘destroyed graves’ in Muslim cemetery

UK Media Watch

Time and again, we’ve demonstratedThe Independent’s propensity to publish the most inflammatory charges against Israel, often without any real evidence – typically, based largely on claims by Palestinian activists or officials.

The latest example of the Indy treating wild, unsubstantiated Palestinian charges as real news was published yesterday, in an article by Harriet Agerholm:


Here are the allegations:

Israeli authorities have demolished several graves in occupied east Jerusalem’s historical Bab al-Rahmeh cemetery next to a long fought-over mosque, a Palestinian official has said.

Parts of the ancient cemetery were confiscated in September 2015 by Israeli authorities to make way for a national park according to local sources.

Personnel from the so-called Israeli Nature Authority – backed by large numbers of Israeli forces – stormed the historical Bab al-Rahmeh cemetery and knocked down eight graves,” Mustafa Abu Zahra, head of the committee for the preservation of Islamic…

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