‘NYT’ calls new Jerusalem settlements ‘housing bids’

Israel/Palestine
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The Financial Times puts the word “settlers” in the headline and describes East Jerusalem as occupied:

Israel approves new housing for settlers days before peace talks

By John Reed in Jerusalem

Israel has issued tenders for the construction of nearly 1,200 housing units in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank, defying US and Palestinian opposition to expansion of Jewish settlements three days before the scheduled start of peace talks.

New York Times headline calls settlements “housing bids”, and Jerusalem is “contested”:

New Israeli Housing Bids Raise Tensions Before Peace Talks

Isabel Kershner, Jerusalem

Israel published bids on Sunday for the construction of more than 1,000 housing units in contested East Jerusalem and several large West Bank settlements. Hours later, the government announced the names of 26 Palestinian prisoners to be released this week as part of a deal for the resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks here on Wednesday.

Thanks to Max Blumenthal.

Oh and NPR says Jerusalem is disputed: “Ahead Of Peace Talks, Israel Expands Settlements.” Host David Greene speaks of “nearly 1200 new housing units for Jewish families on land that’s still subject to negotiations over a new Palestinian state– and settlements like this always infuriate the Palestinians… new housing in disputed areas…” Thanks to BillM.

16 Responses

  1. gingershot
    August 12, 2013, 9:11 am

    Kershner and the NYTimes propaganda organ are like a slow-motion nightmare – the propaganda arising from this entity is just relentless, recurrent, and it will NEVER get any better.

    The disease is systemic in the NYTimes – from the owners to the editors to the writers – it’s rotten to the core.

    Isabel Kershner just functions as part of the muzzle-training for Jodi Rudoren until Jodi can write on her own without need of Isabel’s muzzle. Anyone going to work in this snakepit eventually becomes a snake in order to just stop getting bit and to survive the experience.

    Like with Iraq war we were lied into by the Israeli Lobby and it’s assets in the NYTimes – the NYTimes will LEAD the charge in defending Israeli Apartheid until Israel is over the highest humps in it’s way – as it has for decades.

    20 years from now the NYTimes will admit some ‘mistakes’ and ‘possible bias’ in it’s coverage. This will only be AFTER the NYTimes did EVERYTHING IT COULD to enable and support Israeli Apartheid for AS LONG AS IT COULD

    • seanmcbride
      August 12, 2013, 12:04 pm

      gingershot,

      Kershner and the NYTimes propaganda organ are like a slow-motion nightmare – the propaganda arising from this entity is just relentless, recurrent, and it will NEVER get any better.

      The disease is systemic in the NYTimes – from the owners to the editors to the writers – it’s rotten to the core.

      And the Internet is easily routing around this decaying heap and ignoring it — the future of corrupt institutions like the New York Times and Washington Post is dim indeed — few people will pay attention to them. Few of the mediocre hired propagandists for these declining media outlets can survive on the high seas of open, free, rational and well-informed discourse — they are going to drown.

  2. Blownaway
    August 12, 2013, 9:24 am

    How many of those “bids” are for Palestinians?

    • tree
      August 12, 2013, 1:09 pm

      Exactly!

      ” New York Times headline calls settlements “housing bids”, and Jerusalem is “contested”

      Phil should add “… AND omits the fact that they are Jewish-only settlements.”
      Nowhere in Kershner’s article is it mentioned that these “housing bids” are apartheid construction for Jews only!

  3. Bumblebye
    August 12, 2013, 10:33 am

    Financial Times also refers to “Jewish settlements” as opposed to “Israeli settlements”. And nobody can call the writer out on that, because it’s true!
    Imagine Apartheid South Africa demolishing and taking over black majority areas, and planning housing for whites only…oh! That happened, and as far as I recall, the msm were all over it – else how, in the pre-internet days, would we have known so much about what was going on there? Just goes to show how “newspapers of record” have morphed, post-internet, into strictly controlled, fearsome propaganda organs.
    This manner of misreporting allows a naive readership to simply assume the future residents of these “housing units” will be determined, as anywhere else, by access to funds and choice, rather than excluded by ethnicity.

    • tree
      August 12, 2013, 1:22 pm

      Just goes to show how “newspapers of record” have morphed, post-internet, into strictly controlled, fearsome propaganda organs.

      I’m not sure that the difference in coverage of South Africa versus Israel is a matter of “morphing” in the internet age. In the US, which had already gone through its own belated though incomplete rejection of “separate but (in)equal” between blacks and whites, there were few left who would or could propagandize for the same inequality, or worse, in South Africa. So it was much easier to publish the unvarnished truth about apartheid South Africa post the US civil rights era. On the other hand, there are still plenty who would argue for “separate but (in)equal” in Israel when it comes to Jews and Palestinians. The NYT has always been somewhat of a propaganda organ on this issue, and it is only because of the internet that so many people have belatedly become aware of how profound the censorship of the truth is on this issue. The knowledge has changed, not the censorship. You can see it in the NYT comments.

  4. Les
    August 12, 2013, 11:06 am

    On its web site just weeks ago, the Times referred to the Golan Heights not as “occupied” but as “disputed.” The Times, like the NSA, has its own dictionary not to be compared with that which ordinary people use.

  5. dbroncos
    August 12, 2013, 12:27 pm

    When Zionism is finally defeated the NYT and its Zionist shills will be scrambling to justify and excuse their fascist sympathies to a wider world that has run out of sympathy for Israel’s ethnic nationalism. Kershner, Bronner, Rudoren, Freidman, etc… will be remembered for their crass racism and for promoting an ethnic cleansing campaign that will be remembered as so many other tragic injustices of its kind.

    I doubt Kershner loses much sleep over this. Perhaps she imagines that Palestinians will, at last, “fight no more forever” and the problem of their savagery and their odor will be sent away to Arabia to a shimmering mirage of reservations beyond the borders of a purified Eretz Israel and that she will have done her duty to the state.

    • seanmcbride
      August 12, 2013, 1:45 pm

      dbroncos,

      When Zionism is finally defeated the NYT and its Zionist shills will be scrambling to justify and excuse their fascist sympathies to a wider world that has run out of sympathy for Israel’s ethnic nationalism. Kershner, Bronner, Rudoren, Freidman, etc… will be remembered for their crass racism and for promoting an ethnic cleansing campaign that will be remembered as so many other tragic injustices of its kind.

      It’s coming — and these hacks will figure out, to their embarrassment, that they got on the wrong side of the historical curve — very much like the diehard supporters of segregation, Jim Crow and apartheid South Africa.

      Their minds have been fogged by their instinctive ethnic nationalist passions — about which they possess no objective insight whatever — they’re trapped in a cult bubble — unable to think their way out of their narrow cultural conditioning.

  6. Donald
    August 12, 2013, 12:46 pm

    Consciously or unconsciously, they’re laying the propaganda framework in the event that Kerry’s talks fail (as most expect). So they’ve got to make sure that whatever Israel does is at worst seen as debatable. Then the US with the blessing of the NYT will wash its hands of the matter, which means in actuality that we will keep supporting Israel.

    • James Canning
      August 12, 2013, 2:15 pm

      @Donald – – US Congress demands Israel be supported. No matter how much damage Israel does to national security interests of the American people.

  7. BillM
    August 12, 2013, 1:21 pm

    NPR also covered the story this morning, and the anchor managed to discuss it without using either the word “occupation” or “settlement” (though at the end, a reporter did slip in the word settlement). Instead, the story was about Jewish housing on some “disputed” land, but the Palestinians want the land. Dang Palestinians.

    • Woody Tanaka
      August 12, 2013, 3:41 pm

      Sounds pretty typical. NPR is the national radio for Big Zionism here in “israel’s pocketbook.”

  8. James Canning
    August 12, 2013, 2:14 pm

    We should be thankful for the Financial Times.

  9. mcohen
    August 13, 2013, 2:32 am

    It is strange them ugly houses?!
    very straaaaaange that settlement building does not stop
    offer something,they say no,ok,build more,in fact every time there is a no ,another house is built
    now i get it
    the houses that noah built,
    get it no..ah
    when the flood comes the houses built by no…ah will float and the people will be saved
    3 crows ,one holds the key,a door will open,a stranger welcomed

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