All the news that’s fit to print… 65 words

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Isabel Kershner reports an important story in yesterday’s New York Times. I am sure Kershner, an energetic reporter, would have done far more on this story about Jewish extremism if the paper had only encouraged her. Here’s the entire story:

A Jerusalem court on Wednesday convicted an American immigrant who lived in a West Bank settlement of killing two Palestinians in 1997. Known as “the Jewish terrorist,” Yaakov (Jack) Teitel was also convicted of other crimes, including bombings in 2008 that wounded a leftist Israeli professor and a teenage boy belonging to a community of Jews who believe in Jesus. Sentencing is planned for February.

And speaking of suppression… When is the Times Magazine going to run Ben Ehrenreich’s important report on the Friday protests in Nabi Saleh, at one of which protests he was detained last summer, under circumstances that have never been fully related to readers? What is the real Israel/Palestine conflict? What is Ehrenreich’s view of it? I can’t find it anywhere on the site. Will the Times tell its readers? –Blue in the face, waiting.

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  1. Avi_G.
    January 18, 2013, 2:03 pm

    I wonder if Teitel got the “terrorist” label only because he attacked Jews.

    Jews attack Palestinians every day and they rarely get the “terrorist” label.

    • Reds
      January 19, 2013, 11:46 am

      Something you nearly never here the Main Stream News like NYT,WP,NPR, say

      “Israeli Jewish hated of arabs or Palestinians ” “Extreme Right Israeli Prime Minister” “Israeli Jewish racism against blacks/arabs” “Laws that openly discriminate against Israel’s non Jewish population” or any questions on why Israel doesn’t have a Bill of rights nor how calling a portion of ones population a “Demographic threat”( if used on any other group including jews) is racist and discriminatory.

      As for the use of Terrorist it become yet another meaningless word since it’s often selectively applied based on how are the U.S. friends or Foes. For a great example look at the coverage of the “Price Tag Policy” and lack there of the word terrorist (even when the definition fits it)

  2. pabelmont
    January 18, 2013, 2:32 pm

    Will the real NYT policy for reportage about I/P (current events, recent history, long-history, international law, human rights, USA’s policy concerns w.r.t. Israeli settlements, Arab and Muslim countries) please stand up and name itself? No? Guess we must deduce that policy. Measure the distance between what Mondoweiss prints daily and what NYT prints daily.

  3. Kathleen
    January 18, 2013, 2:55 pm

    “Will the Times tell its readers” Do you really expect anything different from the New York Bloody Times? And another week goest by when there is absolutely no mention of the ongoing expansion of illegal settlements in the West Bank and E Jerusalem on the Diane Rehm international hour. Week after week, month after month no one hour programs on Israel’s illegal settlements..which have become so normalized over the decades. The Rehm show and other MSM outlets have and continue to help close the door to a two state solution

  4. Cliff
    January 18, 2013, 3:20 pm

    Business as usual for the NY Times.

  5. a blah chick
    January 18, 2013, 5:16 pm

    I believe that Teitel has also been accused of shooting two people at a Gay community center a few years ago. My, he has been a busy man.

    And why is Jewish terrorist in quotes?

    • pabelmont
      January 19, 2013, 11:01 am

      a blah chick: Put otherwise, why is the word “terrorist” ever NOT put in quotes? It is a legal term and is always a conclusion of someone — who should be identified.

      Thus, a possibly preferable usage:

      Mr XYZ, whom Ms. CIA called “a terrorist” and whom Mr. Al-Qaida called a “freedom fighter”, was arrested sunday night.

  6. Qualtrough
    January 18, 2013, 10:38 pm

    Note too, that as short as this article is she managed to attach some kind of identity (leftist professor, teenage boy belonging to a community of Jews who believe in Jesus) for the two Jews who were wounded, but it’s just “Two Palestinians” for the two people who were MURDERED. A lot more information is contained in that omission and the brevity of this piece.

    • aiman
      January 19, 2013, 1:52 am

      Good catch, Qualtrough. I think that shows us how narratives define reality.

    • Avi_G.
      January 19, 2013, 2:43 am

      Ditto, Qualtrough. The colonial narrative would like Palestinians to remain nameless, distant and foreign. It’s THOSE people, faceless, as though they lack human-like attributes.

      When you get to know the Other, he or she becomes human again. And it’s far more difficult to dehumanize someone once he or she has been humanized.

    • eGuard
      January 19, 2013, 5:59 am

      Also, that he was an immigrant that lived in a West Bank settlement makes him a sort of fringe figure (to the American NYT reader; not in Israel though). Ordinary “Jews”, you get it, would never do such things.

  7. Les
    January 18, 2013, 10:44 pm

    Kershner, like Rehm, are aware that he who pays the piper calls the tune. Follow the money.

    • Citizen
      January 19, 2013, 4:58 am

      @ Les
      Yes, that’s why all the mainstream cable tv news shows are such a joke most especially when it comes to the I-P conflict and US enablement of horrid status qu0.

  8. Reds
    January 19, 2013, 11:34 am

    Just a heads up to anyone NPR middle east report has just been released by NPR. It’s worth a read or a comment on it. Linked below is the Ombudsman views on it and the Actual report.

    “Felton also found that NPR was commendably cautious in reporting the key facts about the Gaza conflict, including casualties, but the caution sometimes went to extremes. In too many cases, NPR’s reporting simply skirted the topic of casualties altogether. In other cases, NPR gave rough totals of how many people were killed but did not attempt to distinguish between combatant and civilian deaths — admittedly a difficult thing to do when both sides used casualty figures for propaganda purposes. NPR was reasonably consistent and accurate in reporting the number of rockets fired from Gaza into Israel. However, NPR gave virtually no information about how many bombs and missiles Israel fired into Gaza, or how much physical damage those airstrikes caused.”

  9. yourstruly
    January 19, 2013, 12:37 pm

    blue in the face, waiting?


    something about another world emerging?

    its template?

    out of the spirit of those magical eighteen days in tahrir square?




  10. Elisabeth
    January 20, 2013, 5:20 am

    I have no idea if Teitel’s nickname really is “the Jewish terrorist”, or if Kershner made it up. Either way, the name conveys the idea that he is the only one, that terrorism is not something that Jews are involved in. Sneaky and effective.

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