Looks like Canary Mission isn’t the only watch-dog reporting on the lies, half-truths and hoaxes propagated by the hate-group Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP).
The GIF — that JVP posted on Twitter — claimed that “Up until July 25 the word Palestine was on Google’s map.” Tweeted by JVP on August 9th, the GIF showed a “before-and-after” shot of the word “Palestine” being replaced with “Israel” on Google Maps.
The scandalous GIF was a wild success. An online petition from March 2016 condemned Google and implied that its “two Jewish founders” removed the word “Palestine” because of their “links” to Israel. The petition collected over 180,000 signatures in one day. Twitter was awash with anti-Israel tweets. There were calls to boycott Google.
A few days later the truth was revealed. Google matter-of-factly stated that there had never been a Palestine label on Google Maps.
JVP’s accusation that Google had replaced “Palestine” with Israel, was a lie. The GIF was a fraud.
What JVP did next can only be described as incredible.
JVP spokesperson, Naomi Dann, clumsily told The New York Times that the GIF “was created by one of her colleagues.” She also attempted to further deflect, by placing the blame on an outside source.
Dann claimed that JVP sourced the information from a journalist who released a statement published by the Forum of Palestinian Journalists. According to the New York Times, the author says he “heard” the claim that Google removed the word ‘Palestine’ from the website of a Palestinian organization in Lebanon “whose name he could not remember.”
As if this wasn’t enough, rather than remove the GIF, on August 11th JVP re-tweeted it — and blamed “the internet” for being “wrong.”
JVP also had the gall to cast doubt on the veracity of Google’s statement and asked a random Twitter follower who claimed to have seen the word “Palestine” on Google Maps, “if you learn more let us know.”
Eventually however, JVP caved. Sometime between August 12th and August 14th, they deleted the fraudulent GIF from their Twitter feed.
Even if JVP’s story is true and they did receive an incorrect piece of information, there can be no pleading innocence. The fact is that a JVP member doctored a Google Maps image by inserting the word ‘Palestine’ where there never was one.
Perhaps the New York Times has a particular interest in exposing JVP deceptions. After all, the Times was also targeted, earlier this year, by another of JVP’s elaborate anti-Israel hoaxes. JVP created a fake Supplement Edition of the paper, with bogus stories demonizing Israel. It was reported that over 10,000 copies of the fake supplement were distributed throughout New York City.
This episode raises the question of just what else JVP conceals under its veneer of “peace” activism in its zeal to falsely demonize Israel.