Earlier in the week, we posted about a patently false claim at the British Muslim site 5 Pillars, which fancies itself a serious news outlet despite their track record of peddling anti-Israel conspiracy theories and defending hate preachers.
The article in question, on Tzipi Hoteveley, Israel’s new ambassador to London, (“Israel’s new far-right ambassador to UK arrives in London”, Oct. 7), included the following:
The new ambassador, who describes herself as a “religious right-winger,” has…promoted the movement to destroy Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque compound…
As we noted in our post, Palestinian political and religious leaders have been falsely accusing Israel (including the pre-state Jewish community) of plotting to destroy Al-Aqsa mosque for over 100 years, a highly incendiary accusation that’s nothing short of an antisemitic conspiracy theory.
In our complaint to editors, we pointed out that the writer didn’t provide a source for the claim that Hoteveley “promoted the movement to destroy Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque“, and that our own research failed to turn up anything she’s ever said that could in any way be interpreted as supporting the mosque’s destruction.
We also informed editors that a 5 Pillars article published four months ago included the same exact false claim about the Israeli ambassador.
Earlier today, editors replied to our email, upheld our complaint and deleted the sentence in both articles.
- Why is Public Interest News Foundation Funding the Conspiracy Theorists of 5 Pillars? (Quilliam Foundation)