Last week it was widely reported that five Israeli men had been accused of gang-raping a British woman in Cyprus.
Typical of the reporting by the international media, including Israeli and American media, went like this:
FIVE Israeli tourists who allegedly gang-raped a 20-year-old British woman in the party resort of Ayia Napa have been jailed for eight days.
The British woman, who cannot legally be identified, reported to the police that she had suffered sexual assault by the Israelis, who forcefully took her from the hotel pool area to her room. According to the Cypriot Phile News website, the woman said she met one of the suspects at the pool party and he began flirting with her, before she was taken to the room and raped.
The Israeli men, aged 19 and 20, have been placed in detention for an additional eight days, as ordered by a district court magistrate in Famagusta following their arrest on Sunday night. “They will be kept in custody in our holding cells in Paralimni, we take these allegations seriously,” said a police officer in Ayia Napa, who described the victim as “highly distressed.”
Israel Today (h/t Frederic F) This alleged attack follows a widely reported 2019 case in which an 18-year-old British woman reported that she had been gang raped by 12 Israeli men in the popular party town of Ayia Napa.
The alleged assailants, aged between 15 and 22, were arrested and questioned by police but subsequently released without charge after the “victim,” a university student from Derby, was charged with making her story up after signing a statement retracting the allegations 10 days later. She was convicted of public mischief and received a four-month suspended sentence, meaning she spent five weeks in prison and almost six months unable to leave Cyprus.
But this latest allegation of rape has different twist. The initial report again shocked Israel, and was almost eagerly reported ad nauseam by the mainstream media and a chorus of voices on social media.
Jew-haters jumped all over the news, which provided them a golden opportunity to state clearly what they think about Jews for once. The social media platform formerly known as Twitter was inundated with hateful posts. There was a palpable sense of joy that the Jews had finally been caught and that their “true face” was coming to light. Here are just a few examples of the tweets:
“Why do Israelis like to rape English women in Cyprus?”
“Israelis can be aggressive and dangerous in packs!”
However, it soon emerged that the young men accused of rape were Israeli, but came from the Arab village of Majd al-Krum. So these are Israeli Arabs, NOT Israeli Jews.
The antisemitic Twitter community had gotten worked up in vain, and most mainstream media suddenly stopped reporting about the incident.
That this story became a non-story the moment everyone discovered that the accused were Arabs again confirmed what we all already knew about the mainstream media: If no Jews can be blamed, it’s not newsworthy.