In other words, was this a case of violating children’s rights or animal rights? he joked.

Barry Shaw employs humor to shoot down this and similar gory Palestinian stories which are comprised of half truths and outright lies. The most important thing, he stresses, is not to get caught in apologizing or trying to explain a story which was devised as a weapon against the Jewish state.

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“This is typical Palestinian fiction, when they cook up these emotional stories, to try and gain sympathy,” he says.

In Shaw’s view, the dog’s name in the story would depend on how big it was: it should be named “Kassam” if it’s a small puppy, and “Grad” if it’s a big one. “Because Kassams and Grads were the only things targeted in Gaza when 200 rockets were fired at innocent Israeli civilians. Enough of the lies already.”

 

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Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.