French News Service Lies, Reports Israel ‘Flooded Palestinian Village’ with Nonexistent Dam

AFP video report translates that Gaza has been deliberately flooded by Israel when speaker accuses ‘the Jews’ (Yahoud) – despite the fact Israel has no dams in southern Israel.

By Ari Yashar


Agence France Presse (AFP) has been caught publishing a blatant lie against Israel after similar cases in the past, posting a video this week claiming “Gaza village floods after Israel opens dam gates,” in a claim of deliberate flooding disproved by the fact that Israel has no dams in the south.

In the video a resident of Gaza, Ead Zino from Al-Maghraqa, claims “every four years there is a war but here in Maghraqa every year there is a flood. This water comes from Israel. This is political. All Israel wants is to destroy us.”

No Israeli source was brought into the report to refute the blatant lie.

CAMERA spoke with a spokesperson for the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), who clarified “the claim is entirely false, and southern Israel does not have any dams. Due to the recent rain, streams were flooded throughout the region with no connection to actions taken by the State of Israel.”

The spokesperson added that before the heavy storm that struck last Thursday, COGAT “allowed the transfer of four water pumps belonging to the Palestinian Water Authority from Israel into Gaza to supplement the 13 pumps already in the Gaza Strip in dealing with any potential flooding throughout the area.”

Likewise Nechemia Shahaf, head of the Drainage Authority in the Shakma-Besor Region outside Gaza in the Negev, clarified to CAMERA that while there is a small diverting dam in the south, it cannot be opened or closed and is the only dam of any sort in the region.

“There is a diverting dam one meter high which directs water to reservoirs. This is a low dam which cannot be opened or closed,” said Shahaf, adding that the dam is located next to Kibbutz Gvulot around 20 kilometers (over 12 miles) away from Gaza.

AFP has removed the original video and report. Since it’s no longer featured on YouTube, Below is our copy of the duplicitous report.

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CAMERA points out this is far from the first time AFP has run a false story slandering Israel.

Three years ago it refused to clarify an unsubstantiated allegation that an IDF soldier had run over a Palestinian Arab worker with a construction vehicle, notes the group, and later the same year didn’t correct the false claim that an IAF airstrike killed 11-year-old Mahmoud Sadallah even after numerous other outlets clarified that it was Hamas’s weapons that killed him.

Two months ago AFP did not clarify an article claiming Israelis were behind a fire in a mosque in Samaria, even after investigations clarified it was an electrical fire and numerous other outlets clarified the false report.


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