‘NYT’ leaves out the facts on checkpoint shooting

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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.

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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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