‘Times’ Blindness to Palestinian Suffering Recalls Blindness to Jewish Suffering a Generation Ago

Israel/Palestine
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Here is scholar Jerome Slater's take on the Times coverage of the southern
Israeli town of Sderot:

"Yesterday's
New York Times carried a frontpage story, meant to be
heartwarming, about how Israelis and other Jews are rallying around
the residents of Sderot, the Israeli border town that has been
struck by rockets from
Gaza (so far, with very little effect).
Although the story devotes several paragraphs to quoting Sderot
residents that the attacks prove that it was a mistake to withdraw
the Israeli settlers and soldiers from
Gaza, the story contains no
indication--not a single word--that the attacks might be Palestinian
retaliation for the continued Israeli occupation of the
West Bank and
the ongoing Israeli repression and killing of the Palestinians in
Gaza.
"It really isn't possible to exaggerate just how dishonest and
dangerous the Times continues to be on the Israeli-Palestinian con-
flict. Someday the Times will be apologizing for this, just as it
has for its opposite performance during the
Holocaust, when it
refused to give emphasis to the known slaughter of European Jews. Of
course, if and when it ever acknowledges its disgraceful coverage
of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it will be far too late to do
any good, just as in the case of the
Holocaust."

 

7 Responses

  1. Charles Keating
    April 6, 2008, 12:13 pm

    In the article: "The sense that Sderot is actually Israel’s front line in its battle for legitimacy and self-respect has gained real currency, just as in the Arab world the suffering of Gazans has taken on a special significance."

    The problem, the whole point of Phil's own article on it, as I see it, is that while the article itself relays at outset that there are two narratives going on here, reinforced by crap rockets on side, the highest tek weapons on the other (thanks USA taxpayers) with very mean results for both sides, the Gray Lady commentator only goes on to pursue one with any detail, a writing tactic that matches what the NYT Whore did during the 1940's (in reverse, i.e., by ommission, rather than writing front page commission). The lesson seems to be the NYT always goes with the status quo in terms of power politics. With only a handful of media conglomerates left, what does this say about American democracy, in theory and reality dependent on informed citizens?

  2. Jim Haygood
    April 6, 2008, 1:16 pm

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    "Someday the Times will be apologizing for this." — Jerome Slater

    If its "Saddam's WMDs" non-apology was any guide, the Slimes will claim that the Israeli government and the settlers misled them. Israel was occupying the West Bank, you say — who knew?

    Forget about the Slimes. Its only future, if it survives at all, is to end up like Pravda, doing tabloid stories such as (from today's edition):

    - Nude blonde visits petrol station creating public disturbance
    – Sex proves to be highly important for vacationing women
    – Aliens downed Tunguska meteorite to save earth

    link to english.pravda.ru

    Here, I'll show you the future of the Slimes, right now. Page 3, baby:

    link to page3.com

  3. Charles Keating
    April 6, 2008, 1:51 pm

    If somebody has nothing to lose they can say anything, it just won't go anywhere; if they have something to lose, they won't say what's on their mind, for fear to lose; and so? This is the hole in the doughnut, the doughnut itself is the dead dying on both sides.

  4. Jim Haygood
    April 6, 2008, 4:33 pm

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    Glenn Greenwald sums up "The U.S. establishment media in a nutshell":

    ————

    In the past two weeks, the following events transpired. A Department of Justice memo, authored by John Yoo, was released which authorized torture and presidential lawbreaking. It was revealed that the Bush administration declared the Fourth Amendment of the Bill of Rights to be inapplicable to "domestic military operations" within the U.S. The U.S. Attorney General appears to have fabricated a key event leading to the 9/11 attacks and made patently false statements about surveillance laws and related lawsuits. Barack Obama went bowling in Pennsylvania and had a low score.

    Here are the number of times, according to NEXIS, that various topics have been mentioned in the media over the past thirty days:

    "Yoo and torture" – 102
    "Mukasey and 9/11" — 73
    "Yoo and Fourth Amendment" — 16
    "Obama and bowling" — 1,043
    "Obama and Wright" — More than 3,000 (too many to be counted)
    "Obama and patriotism" – 1,607
    "Clinton and Lewinsky" — 1,079

    Obama's bowling has provided almost a full week of programming on MSNBC. Gail Collins, in The New York Times, today observed that Obama went bowling "with disastrous consequences."

    link to salon.com

    ————

    BWA HA HA HA. If we shook a shaker of salt onto the New York Slimes, would it melt like a dissolved slug onto the bubble-gum flecked sidewalk of 8th Avenue?

  5. Charles Keating
    April 6, 2008, 4:51 pm

    Gagging

  6. Abe Bird
    April 6, 2008, 7:21 pm

    Arabs kill Jews just because they are Jews, not because the occupied Gaza or Samaria. Arabs don't want Israel to exist even in Tel Aviv. Arabs are the new Nazis of today. Haj Amin el-Housseini plan to annihilate the Jews in Palestine.

    When Jews occupy Arab village they don't kill the Arabs, but if the Arab to conquer and take Israeli village all the Jews are doomed to death. No equal morality code between both. Muslims love blood love death, Jews prefer life.

    link to memritv.org
    link to memritv.org

  7. Charles Keating
    April 7, 2008, 12:48 pm

    Yeah, those Arabs are all suicidal. Just a historical fact.

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