Last October a huge story hit the press worldwide, when Kim Kardashian and friend Simone Harouche were robbed at gunpoint in Paris, with Kim Kardashian’s diamond ring being among the things stolen.
The story attracted large amounts of attention in the world press, and it was eventually reported that the suspects were a group of men of differing backgrounds, some of whom were Jewish.
However, Palestinian Authority TV (PA TV) seized upon the opportunity of some Jews being implicated in a high profile crime to smear all Jews, having their “Israeli affairs expert” comment on the crime.
PA TV did not bother to mention that the majority of the suspects were not Jewish, with 15 non-Jews also allegedly being involved.
The “expert” provided the following comment:
“Jews who robbed singer (sic.) Kim Kardashian have been arrested. It turns out that they are Jews. That is what is written – it’s not me who says they are thieves. That is written in [the Israeli daily] Yediot Aharonot, it’s not from me. It says “Jews.” They are thieves. In other words – they steal lands here too, no? But the engagement ring worth $5 million could not be found. They did not find it. The Jews hid it and turned it into something else”
Palestinian Media Watch points out that this demonstrates that the antisemitism in PA TV is so deeply ingrained that “even a single mention of two Jews anywhere in the world in a negative context is all that is needed launch another PA Antisemitic rant”. This is a poignant point – there is no attempt to provide either genuine analysis of the crime, or to even portray the events accurately. It is simply an opportunity to milk a high profile public event to demonise Jews and to entrench antisemitism in the Palestinian population.