"ISRAEL A SHITTY LITTLE COUNTRY"
No, no, no, calm down. These are not my words nor are they words I endorse in any way, shape or form. No, this is the headline of a blogpost which you can find here.
The post starts like this:
Got this over email this evening - thaught [sic] it might be good to pass it along. It's a little long but everyone [sic] of these facts is interesting by themselves - all together - it looks preatty [sic] good - not bad for a Banana republic:
HERE ARE SOME FACTS ONLY from many more they only can envy and be jealous of, and some of the real reasons why they can not accept us as more gifted then [sic] them and why they continuously try to [...]
There then follows a long list of Israel's achievements, before the author of the blogpost concludes:
. . . . AND WHEN THE FRENCH AMBASSADOR IN ENGLAND SAYS, what others also think: "ISRAEL IS NOTHING BUT A SHITTY LITTLE COUNTRY" Makes one wonder, "Who are really in truth the people full of shitty heads [sic] and soles [sic], or culture!?"
The part on the French Ambassador was what seriously alarmed me. Could it be that a European top-ranking diplomat had made such a colossal gaffe? Was it possible I had somehow missed this on the news? Immediate googling, using also the Blogsearch (beta) facility yielded nothing. The latter unearthed only the blogpost in question.
It seemed very unusual to me that the article provided no references to its source and didn't mention names, places or dates. Nothing, nada, zilch...
So I decided to ask for clarification via the blog's comment section. One of the blog's team members (but not the author) then came up with this little gem:
I tried to find a credible source but all I could find was the BBC, so you will have to forgive me.
"Anti-Semitic" French Envoy under fire
Turns out that the "shitty little country" story is almost certainly a canard and one that dates back to 2001! There appears to be no evidence that Mr Bernard actually ever said anything like that. Conrad Black has in the mean time compromised himself rather plentifully (but that doesn't constitute proof either).
Yet the author presents the story as fact and recent fact at that. Very misleading to say the least. Could it be that the blogowners are a little trigger-happy when it comes to looking for anti-Semitism?
Keywords: Israel, anti-Semitism