‘NYT’ leaves out the facts on checkpoint shooting

By b

Reading the New York Times on a shooting of some Israeli settlers by a Palestinian policeman in the West Bank city of Nablus, which is under Palestinian Authority control, one can not find any good reason for the incident:

The shooting occurred outside Joseph’s Tomb in the West Bank city of Nablus after three carloads of religious Israeli Jews visited the site to pray, without coordinating their plans through the Israeli Army. Twice-monthly trips to the tomb have been organized with army escorts for the past four years without incident. … The Palestinian governor of Nablus, Jibril al-Bakri, told Israel Radio that the shooting was a result of lack of coordination between the worshipers and the Israeli Army. He said that Palestinian police officers who were on a regular patrol shot a warning into the air before firing at the cars. He stressed that the shooting was a mistake.

So was this a ‘mistake’ and just a policeman on patrol gone crazy? Of course not. But the pro Israel NYT author Ethan Bronner, whose son is in the Israeli army and who lives in a stolen former Palestinian house in Jerusalem, will not let you know that. Here is how Haaretz reported the incident:

Israelis shot in West Bank tried to break through Palestinian roadblock, probe shows


Palestinian security forces opened fire early Sunday on three cars full of Israelis who entered the West Bank compound of Joseph’s Tomb without permission and then tried to break through a local checkpoint, according to an initial investigation by the Israel Defense Forces and the Palestinian Authority. … A senior Israel Defense Forces termed the incident “a serious mishap caused by both sides.” The army is refraining from referring to the shooting as a terror attack, but has called it an unjustified attack against civilians. …

Haaretz was not the only media reporting on the checkpoint. Here is the first Ynet News piece on the incident:

Initial details suggest that while driving back from prayers, around 6 am, they came across a flash checkpoint and then came under fire shot at them from a Palestinian jeep. The fire continued even after the vehicles began to escape. Two of the three Israeli cars sustained gunfire damage. … Initial IDF investigation suggests the group may have failed to coordinate their arrival at the Tomb with the necessity authorities and may have been shot by Palestinian security forces. … Since the end of the Al-Aqsa Intifada, Joseph’s Tomb has been under Palestinian control. The IDF allows organized groups to visit the premises at night, under heavy guard.

But the New York Times will not let you know that the checkpoint even existed, that the policeman was guarding it and that the Israelis tried to break through it. Bronner does not mention any of that at all. The same NYT is now trying to get money from its online readers. What for? For reading fact free propaganda?

This article has been cross-posted at Moon of Alabama.

About Annie Robbins

Annie Robbins is Editor at Large for Mondoweiss, a mother, a human rights activist and a ceramic artist. She lives in the SF bay area. Follow her on Twitter @anniefofani
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  1. Oscar says:

    The same NYT is now trying to get money from its online readers. What for? For reading fact free propaganda?

    Spot on, Annie. The pay wall will prove to be the financial death of the NY Times — unless the federal government rushes in with a fat juicy bailout, which, of course, will fully convert the Grey Lady into Pravda 2.0.

    • Jim Haygood says:

      Like Israel’s tattered ‘only democracy in the middle east’ canard, the NYT paywall is full of holes. Just enter the headline of any NYT article into a search engine, click on the search result, and you’re in like Flynn.

      Don’t feed the MSM trolls and Israeli PR flacks.

      • Oscar says:

        So true, J-Hay, but once the Times comes in digital format, it loses its only useful purposes as fish wrap or bird cage liner. : )

        Not sure if it’s a heightened sense of rejecting MSM pablum, or that the NYT has indeed fallen into amateurish gobnment propaganda, but I have zero interest in reading any account from the self-described newspaper of record. Bill Keller has proven time after time that there’s no journalistic integrity at the NYT.

  2. Colin Murray says:

    Were the colonists armed when they “tried to break through a local (Palestinian) checkpoint” on Palestinian soil? If armed Palestinians “tried to break through a local (Israeli army) checkpoint” inside Israel, how would Israelis have responded?

    • Colin Murray says:

      Will the Palestinian police responsible for the killing of Ben-Joseph Livnat receive a harsher punishment than Israelis who routinely kill unarmed Palestinians on Palestinian land? Is there a double standard among Israelis for what constitutes criminal misconduct?

  3. Kathleen says:

    Oh my Jon Stewart whacks the idiots again
    link to huffingtonpost.com

    • Kathleen says:

      While I have my criticisms of Stewart when he sets his mind, humor and brilliant writers on an issue he cleans house. You have to watch him on the 9/11 responders and how they are still getting whacked by idiotic legislation request

  4. chet says:

    From Ira Chernus In Common Dreams:

    “Nevertheless, Netanyahu whipped up emotions by using the word “terrorist” and demanding that the Palestinian Authority “take harsh steps against the perpetrators who committed this heinous act against Jewish worshipers who were on their way to prayer.” The Israeli newspaper Haaretz has condemned him for “improper and harmful inflammatory declarations.” But there are sure to be growing demands from Israel for harsh punishment.

    Compare that to another tragic killing in Nablus, in early January, 2011. Israeli soldiers shot a Palestinian dead at a checkpoint. His crime: After legally passing through the checkpoint he turned in the wrong direction. (The Israelis tell Palestinians whether they’re allowed to turn left or right.) And he was holding a bottle or can of Coca-Cola, which the soldiers claimed looked like a suspiciously dangerous object. “The soldiers apparently felt threatened,” an Israeli military spokesperson explained; it was all done “according to the Israel Defense Forces rules of engagement.”

    Two days later the incident disappeared from the news. A Google search finds no evidence of any follow-up by the Israeli authorities.”

    link to commondreams.org

    • annie says:

      chet, i recall that father of 3 beautiful daughters killed execution style at a checkpoint in bethlehem last year.

    • eljay says:

      >> “Nevertheless, Netanyahu whipped up emotions by using the word “terrorist” and demanding that the Palestinian Authority “take harsh steps against the perpetrators who committed this heinous act against Jewish worshipers who were on their way to prayer.”

      I’m surprised he didn’t vow to cut off some hands. Israeli politicians – despite being more “civilized” than Ay-rabs – appear to have the same fetish.

  5. hophmi says:

    Did the NY Times mention how Joseph’s Tomb was destroyed by the Palestinians during the Second Intifada?

    Oh right, it doesn’t matter to you . . .

    • Sumud says:

      Did the NY Times mention how Joseph’s Tomb was destroyed by the Palestinians during the Second Intifada?

      Has the New York times ever mentioned how ~500 Palestinian villages were wiped off the map in 1947/8/9 (and more in 1967), or that ~25,000 Palestinian homes in the West Bank and Gaza have been demolished since 1967?

      Oh right, it doesn’t matter to you…

    • Woody Tanaka says:

      How is somthing that happened 11 years ago “news”??

    • Antidote says:

      “Did the NY Times mention how Joseph’s Tomb was destroyed by the Palestinians during the Second Intifada?”

      Are you aware of the location chosen for the ‘Museum of TOLERANCE’ in Jerusalem?

      Oh right, it doesn’t matter to you . . .

      • hophmi says:

        Are you aware that the Museum of Tolerance location was known for years, and the that the supposed cemetery was never treated as “sacred ground” until the Jews decided to build something there?

        • Woody Tanaka says:

          “Are you aware that the Museum of Tolerance location was known for years, and the that the supposed cemetery was never treated as “sacred ground” until the Jews decided to build something there?”

          That’s a load of bullshit. The zionist desecration of this and many other Muslim sites is long part of the calculated and pre-meditated attempt to further the oppression of the Palestinians. This is no different from building the holocaust museum virually on the ruins of Deir Yassin. This site was being preserved by the Muslim community, as best as possible, until the Israel entity took over in 1948 and committed cultural and humanitarian vandalism.

  6. gazacalling says:

    Oh this is so angering. I read that Times piece and didn’t understand. Isn’t the point of journalism to help you understand? I hope the NY Times goes under, we’d all be better off.

    • Antidote says:

      “Isn’t the point of journalism to help you understand? I hope the NY Times goes under, we’d all be better off.”

      Hypocrisy and sweeping things under the rug are absolutely necessary to maintain support for Israel in the US, and for that matter, inside Israel as well. And this is very much the case for the US as well, concerning their own past and present. See Gideon Levy’s illuminating take on anti-leaf-blower legislation in Israel in today’s Haaretz:

      “Like the cleanliness of our cities, we want the occupation to continue but without making noise. We want violent wars and brutal military operations but without a peep from the world in their wake. We want crude violations of human rights but without the clamor of criticism; to preach to the world to boycott Hamas but to be against international boycotts. We want democracy but without the background noises of the minority. We want to live in a near theocracy, one of the most religious countries in the world, and to imagine we are living in a secular and liberal democracy. We want to consider ourselves enlightened and to vote for Kadima – a rightist, nationalist party in every respect, only without the leaf-blowing racket of the undisguised right-wing nationalists.

      We say that most of us are in favor of the two-state solution, but we vote for parties that will do nothing to advance it. We vehemently oppose a one-state solution but we live, in fact for decades, in an apartheid state. We favor free access and worship at Joseph’s Tomb but not at Al Aqsa. We remember 1948 but without the Nakba. We oppose returning Palestinian property from before 1948 but we evict Palestinian inhabitants in Hebron and Sheikh Jarrah on the grounds that their homes were under Jewish ownership before 1948. We shoot passengers in Palestinian cars who refuse to stop at roadblocks, but when the Palestinian police do the same, we call it a “murderous terror attack.” We call the Israeli army Defense Forces, while most of its work is occupation. We live without a civil society but believe that tying a yellow ribbon onto our car mirrors for Gilad Shalit is an act of protest. We support Shalit’s release but oppose the release of 450 terrorists in exchange for him. And we sweep and sweep, but without making any noise.

      I loved the leaf blower, but not only for his effectiveness: Sometimes it is, in fact, the silence that is rubbish. I, too, love quiet but not imaginary quiet, not quiet that sweeps things under the rug and deceives. If it is necessary to clean, let us do it with the necessary clamor, without disguising anything. Hence this desperate cry that stands no chance: Bring back the leaf blower.”

  7. Kathleen says:

    Stopped reading the bloody Times after they allowed Judy “I was fucking right” Miller basically get away with murder in the run up to the invasion of Iraq