The making of a Big Lie

In 2010, Israeli commandos stormed a boat piloted by peaceful activists delivering supplies to Gaza, and carried out a completely unprovoked massacre that left ten people dead.

That’s what the activists say publicly, at least.  Privately, in the rabidly antisemitic Facebook group to which PM-in-waiting Jeremy Corbyn once belonged, the flotilla leader admitted that Israel was telling the truth about who actually provoked the attack:

In newly revealed posts from a secret British Facebook group, Greta Berlin, the co-founder and spokesperson of the Free Gaza Movement, states that the Israeli troops did not open fire until after Ken O’Keefe, a former US marine aboard the Mavi Marmara, had seized a gun from one of them.

During a heated online debate, in the safety of a Facebook group of pro-Palestinian activists who had all been approved or invited to join, Berlin repeatedly challenged comments from other members praising O’Keefe.

“He was responsible for some of the deaths on board the Mavi Marmara. Had he not disarmed an Israeli terrorist soldier, they would not have started to fire. That’s enough. Most of you have no idea what you’re talking about,” she wrote.

Berlin’s comments, posted in 2014, were made on the Palestine Live group.

Last week, a report by researcher and blogger David Collier uncovered a raft of anti-Semitic and anti-Israel material on the site, whose members once included the leader of Britain’s Labour party, Jeremy Corbyn.

If the name “Ken O’Keefe” sounds familiar, he’s a former US Marine who spoke in Toronto a couple of years ago.  Oh, and he’s a Holocaust denier.  (Berlin, by contrast, concedes that the Holocaust happened but that “Zionists,” wink wink, carried it out.)