Let history note, on the day of the initial Palestinian Freedom Ride, NYT published story on Israeli ‘need to hit Gaza’

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Just got my New York Times from the driveway and slid it out of its sleek blue bag. Can’t find a word about the Freedom Rides in Palestine yesterday. But this is on Page 8. Shocking:

Israeli Army May Need to Hit Gaza, General Says


JERUSALEM — Israel’s military chief of staff warned Tuesday that the repeated rounds of escalated violence in the south would eventually require Israel to carry out another large-scale military operation in Hamas-controlled Gaza.

And this was the Associated Press story on the Freedom Rides yesterday. Not a word about Freedom Rides until the 7th paragraph. I am told that AP did better later in the afternoon. But this piece referred repeatedly to “travel restrictions” and said they were an answer to Israeli security concerns.

Palestinian activists arrested on Israeli bus


The Associated Press

HIZMA CHECKPOINT, West Bank — Six Palestinian activists, clutching national flags and surrounded by dozens of reporters, were dragged off an Israeli bus they planned to ride into Jerusalem after a standoff with police Tuesday.

And segregation is dealt with in euphemism:

hoping to draw attention to what they call discriminatory measures in the West Bank, particularly travel restrictions.

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  1. Avi_G.
    November 16, 2011, 12:00 pm

    Yeah, you know, they’re just travel restrictions. I mean, what other country today on the face of the planet has been subjecting a few million people to “travel restrictions” for more than 40 years?

    Just imagine if some shmuck in Brooklyn had to get a travel permit to go to Brookline, the whole world wouldn’t hear the end of it.

    A grave in East Bumble**** Austria gets desecrated, the local news of a Midwestern American city reports about it. Meanwhile, the mosque that gets torched in that same city, doesn’t get one sentence’s-worth of coverage on the local rag.

    The American mainstream media is Occupied Territory by the likes of Kershner.

    • Philip Weiss
      November 16, 2011, 12:05 pm

      well said avi.
      i am a schmuck born in brookline to parents from brooklyn, so my momma might never have gotten there!

      • Avi_G.
        November 16, 2011, 12:10 pm


        I’m not sure if that’s biting sarcasm or something else.

        I guess (either way) I had it coming.

      • Philip Weiss
        November 16, 2011, 12:11 pm

        no i liked it.

  2. seafoid
    November 16, 2011, 12:02 pm

    Israel’s military chief of staff warned Tuesday that the repeated rounds of escalated violence in the south would eventually require Israel to carry out another large-scale military operation in Hamas-controlled Gaza.

    Robert Capa’s 4th dimensional picture of Gaza


    What Gaza is like now


    Israel needs emergency sociopsychiatric attention

  3. seafoid
    November 16, 2011, 12:03 pm

    I wonder what Isabel Kershner will say when Zionism falls. Will she be there at Masada for the denouement ?

    • Avi_G.
      November 16, 2011, 12:06 pm

      She’ll be hiding in a bunker, sending out Morse code messages that spell, “They are all anti-Semites…dot dot dot”.

  4. pabelmont
    November 16, 2011, 12:07 pm

    Dear, dear AP. Wholly owned and operated subsidiary by we-own-USA-and-operate-it-on-behalf-of-Israel-Inc. a/k/a/ The Lobby.

    Sorry, that is the NYT. AP seems a bit better. Count your blessings.

    When the OWS folks see themselves as “like” (or “being treated like”) Palestinians, OWS may find its voice w.r.t. Palestine AND may realize that privilege is never given up without a demand and without a battle.

  5. Bill in Maryland
    November 16, 2011, 1:10 pm

    Thanks to correspondent Joel Greenberg, we Washington Post readers had a good story about the Freedom Riders to digest. In this story Greenberg again references Palestinian activist Hurriyah Ziada about whom he wrote before: Mondoweiss should invite her to post here!

  6. iRevolt
    November 16, 2011, 1:14 pm

    Notice: “what -they- call discriminatory measures”
    Again, an attempt to ignore the overwhelming cries of the international community, that these discriminatory practices not only exist but continue to become more and more perverse. It is not only “they” who call these measures discriminatory, but the entire bloody world.

  7. Kathleen
    November 16, 2011, 1:55 pm

    Hey and even Huff Po is loosening up.


    They allowed me to link to Mondoweiss and to the live stream of the Palestinian Freedom Ride on one of the OCW threads. You just can not tell what they will let go through anymore.

  8. thetumta
    November 16, 2011, 8:10 pm

    I wonder what the Jewish bus riders thought about all of this this? I was trying to notice their expressions. At worst they where made late and these kids didn’t seem so threatening as to have to tolerate that? They all couldn’t be unthinking racist thugs? Cracks in the wall.
    It’s ironic that without credentials or kadiffs, how would the border police figure out who they were looking for? A bus full of Semites. They have an advantage in that respect over the American Freedom riders, they can pass. Perhaps the next time around they should behave more Jewish? Make the police roust the whole bus and really inconvenience everyone. The “who is a Jew” comedy routine, street side.
    Not me, look at my hat! Richard Pryor or Eddie Murphy could do something with this, I think.

  9. Citizen
    November 17, 2011, 7:00 am

    What else can one expect from the US mainstream media? Most Americans would agree 9/11 was a very important event, and that it has changed our country (for the worse IMO), but remember, our main media did not even cover the third building that went down, nor did it cover the Israelis set up to film it before it happened, nor what information was uncovered after they were arrested, nor how quickly they were shipped off to Israel, nor what one of them said later on Israeli TV. And no MSM opinion opined about links with PNAC neocons and Israel’s Mossad re motive. About the need for a “new Pearl Harbor.” Nor about 9/11 Commission’s finding of main motive as US rubber-stamping of Israel as policy. I don’t expect to see this guy opining in NYT: http://www.youtube.com/presstvglobalnews#p/u/7/u_Ffz0koJbI

  10. dahoit
    November 17, 2011, 11:17 am

    Yeah,I used to get that blue bag too.But when I would open it and read I’d get a feeling that I was living on the wrong planet,up was down and war was peace and I would end up screaming at the reader hot line,and once a big shot told me if I called the # again he would start court proceedings.So for peace of mind and to save myself from the gulag,I dropped that rag.But I think they have a cell reserved for me.
    I wonder how many others have had the same experience?

  11. Donald
    November 17, 2011, 12:08 pm

    Notice how Kershner summarized what triggered the Gaza War–

    “Nevertheless, the comments raised the prospect of another armed conflict in Gaza, where a fierce three-week Israeli military campaign in the winter of 2008-2009 drew international opprobrium.

    At that time, Israel, prompted by years of persistent rocket fire on its southern communities, mounted a devastating air and ground offensive that left as many as 1,400 Palestinians dead and many homes and parts of Gaza’s civil infrastructure in ruins. Thirteen Israelis were also killed during the war. ”

    It’s good that she mentioned the destruction, but it’s an iron rule with no exceptions at the NYT that all Israeli violence must be portrayed as retaliation for Palestinian violence. “Persistent rocket fire” from Palestinians, but no Israeli fire into Gaza. And no blockade (which the NYT would report as legally justified according to the UN). And no ceasefire in effect for six months. No, in the NYT world Israel was just sitting there minding its own business, waiting for the rocket fire to stop and they finally lost patience.

    A rightwing Japanese version of the NYT would say that Japan entered the war in retaliation for Japanese aircraft shot down by the US over Oahu.

    • eljay
      November 17, 2011, 12:36 pm

      >> … but it’s an iron rule with no exceptions at the NYT that all Israeli violence must be portrayed as retaliation for Palestinian violence.

      It a Zio-supremacist “humanist” rule: Israel is entitled to “belligerent reprisals”, even if it “started it”.
      The latter is “academic speculation”, the former is “the PRESENT” and, as we all know, “the PRESENT is what matters”.

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