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Hannity Smears Rachel Corrie To Defend Israel

Reported by Ellen - June 2, 2010 -

“Great American” Sean Hannity was happy to smear a fellow citizen last night (6/1/10) in order to defend Israel's commando raid on an aid flotilla over the weekend. In the opening for a discussion with Sen. John McCain about the incident, Hannity noted that despite the raid, “The activists are apparently not deterred. The organizers of yesterday's flotilla mission say they are sending another ship, the M.V. Rachel Corrie to break the Israeli/Egyptian blockade... Now that vessel is named after Rachel Corrie, the anti-Israeli activist who was killed in 2003 by an Israeli tank as she tried to obstruct its path. Now, she is seen here burning a mock American flag. Now, I don't think you have to be a Middle East expert to figure out the intentions of the Rachel Corrie vessel and their passengers.”

In the first place, Corrie was a peace activist, not an anti-Israeli activist. She didn't just block an Israeli tank, as Hannity made it seem, but was trying to block the demolition of a house in the Gaza Strip. Despite his smarmy insinuations about a young woman tragically killed, Hannity showed no connection between her and the boat's mission.

Hannity's concern for Israel is more than a little suspect given that he has repeatedly championed anti-Semites such as Mel Gibson, Andy Martin and Hal Turner without apology.

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