‘NYT’ is furiously rewriting history of Gaza conflict

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An important journalistic pattern is beginning right now that must be countered by people who care about human rights: The New York Times is trying to rewrite the history of the Gaza conflict to treat it as a cycle of violence set off by Hamas in June by allegedly orchestrating the teen kidnappings on the West Bank– rather than as a war begun by Israel against Hamas. The Times whites out Israel’s interest: to destroy the unity government between Hamas and Fatah that was announced in May, a government the U.S. was prepared to work with, thereby defying Israel. 

And as for the seven-year siege of Gaza that has put 1.8 million people in an open-air prison, the Times has nothing to say.

The pattern is evident in Steven Erlanger’s piece in the New York Times two days ago: “Arrest by Israel in Abduction of 3 Youths Is Made Public.” Erlanger said that Hamas abducted and killed the three Israeli teens June 12, and that this abduction set off the Gaza onslaught.

The abduction set off the most recent conflict with Hamas in Gaza…

According to the court documents, [Hussam] Qawasmeh told the police during an interrogation that he had helped organize the kidnappings and had gotten money for the task from Hamas.

Not till the end of the piece are we given a muttered disclaimer of Hamas’s responsibility:

Critics argued that the local Qawasmeh clan might have acted on its own and that it was not clear that Hamas as an organization was behind the kidnapping.

A second piece in the Times that day, “Israel Exits Gaza as Truce Begins,” treats the Palestinian Authority as the only Palestinian party worth dealing with and rewrites the story of Hamas’s rise in Palestine:  

[Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud] Abbas is 79 and has health problems, raising questions about who will succeed him. One possible candidate, Mohammed Dahlan, 52, who was born in Gaza, is favored by some Egyptian officials. But he is disliked by Mr. Abbas and hated by Hamas, which Mr. Dahlan tried to suppress when he effectively ran Gaza for the Palestinian Authority.

As Wikipedia reminds us, Dahlan was part of a U.S. plot to undo a democratically-elected government in Gaza.

In the April 2008 edition of Vanity Fair it was revealed that after the 2006 elections Dahlan had been central in a US plot to remove the democratically elected Hamas-led government from power. The Americans provided money and arms to Dahlan, trained his men and ordered him to carry out a military coup against Hamas in the Gaza Strip. However, the elected Hamas government forestalled the move and itself carried out an armed counter-coup.

And then Israel imposed a siege on Gaza. Shouldn’t the Times be giving us some of that history now?

Nope. Tom Friedman’s column yesterday described Hamas as Islamic jihadists who are trying to plunge not just Israel but an entire region into fire. He visited a tunnel near an Israeli kibbutz and says that Hamas was using them to try and murder Israeli civilians (when it has used them to kill Israeli combatants):

This tunnel had one purpose, and it was not fruit exports. It was to shuttle fighters into the kibbutz. And there were many of these.

I must say I was awed by the sheer dedication it took to dig this tunnel, but sickened by what fueled that dedication: an apocalyptic jihadist agenda. The religious nationalist-forces have the real energy in this region today. More and more, this is becoming a religious conflict….

Jihadists are now sweeping across Iraq and Syria, wiping out Christians and other minorities.

Ilene Cohen says that Friedman has got it all wrong:

Friedman’s piece simply echoes the latest Israeli talking point, which is being reiterated across the Israeli press: Hamas made Israel do it; it laid a trap for Israel and Israel took the bait. It’s the old “dog ate my homework” —don’t blame me—excuse, but with the addition of slaughter and devastation. Israel, that is, has no agency but is controlled by the great, all-powerful puppeteer, Hamas…

In the world according to Thomas Friedman, the siege of Gaza doesn’t exist, and forty-seven years of colonial occupation that has placed more than half a million settlers on stolen land in occupied Palestine—the West Bank and East Jerusalem—is reduced to a “reckless Jewish settlement project in the West Bank” (NB: not even a mention of East Jerusalem). What—is the occupation a “boys will be boys” reckless teenage driver who cracks up the family car? Further, the issue for Friedman is how to weaken Hamas, not how to achieve long overdue justice for the Palestinian people and end the occupation.

Finally, today The New York Times editorial on the war blames Hamas for the 1000+ Palestinian civilians killed by Israel, saying Hamas undertook “a deliberate effort to draw Israeli fire on innocents.”

And the Times says that Hamas is simply beyond the pale in any political resolution of the conflict:

It may be necessary to have Hamas in Cairo, but the group offers Palestinians nothing except nihilism and endless suffering.

Donald Johnson says that the Times is writing a brave new history of the Gaza onslaught:

Gazans have lived in prison, 1.8 million of them, and you said nothing until the “nihilistic” Hamas made it a front page issue with their rocket fire. Hamas is a terrorist organization, but pseudo-liberals like you have taught them that Palestinian suffering is a mere trifle, hardly worth noticing, until there is a war in which Israelis are threatened.

Israel also shoots regularly at Gazan civilians during those ceasefires, in order to enforce the blockade, and your editorial page said nothing.

The US supplied the weapons that Israel used to bombard civilians, and you said nothing.

Why you think you are in any position to lecture a terrorist organization on morality escapes me, unless it is simply the privilege of being citizens of a superpower that can trample others underfoot without so much as a glancing look.

Imagine if somehow the Palestinians had been able to place Israelis in a comparable situation–unable to trade with the outside world without Palestinian permission, unable to enter or leave Israel without Palestinian permission, the blockade to be kept in place until the occupation ends. Somehow I suspect the NYT editors would not have waited for a war to speak out about that.

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  1. Sycamores
    August 7, 2014, 11:22 am

    what about the

    Claim that Hamas killed 3 teens is turning out to be the WMD of Gaza onslaught?

    http://mondoweiss.net/2014/07/killed-turning-onslaught.html

    • ckg
      August 7, 2014, 11:56 am

      Some interesting developments on this yesterday. After NYT published Erlanger’s article about the suspect’s confession, Liel Liebowitz wrote a piece in Tablet titled “BuzzFeed Gets a Big Story Wrong. But it’s other journalists who turned it into a viral conspiracy theory.” The “other journalists” mentioned include Adam and Phil of MW. Then Sheera Frenkel, the author of the BuzzFeed story that cast doubt on Hamas involvement in the kidnappings, wrote another story saying

      One of the men accused of involvement in the kidnapping and murder of three teenagers confessed to masterminding the crime under “heavy torture,” his lawyer said on Wednesday.

      • Sycamores
        August 7, 2014, 10:04 pm

        ckg, thanks for link i hope others will read it.

  2. Donald
    August 7, 2014, 11:30 am

    I think the NYT storyline is essentially this–

    1. It’s awful how much suffering the Palestinian civilians experienced. So much of the firsthand reporting is really good–Tyler Hicks on the kids at the beach, Anne Barnard speaking to a Palestinian therapist about what Palestinians are going through. The individual reporters are no doubt sincere here, but it also conveys the message that the NYT as an institution cares about ordinary Palestinians and honestly reports their suffering. (The trick is how to put all the blame on Hamas.)

    2. The analysis pieces are mixed, but intended to give the Israelis plausible deniability. Some good stuff in there and they try to be fair, but they give a lot of attention to Israeli points of view which are clearly denial of responsibility. On any other human rights issue in the world, the NYT would give Amnesty International and HRW credence over the denials of a government. HRW was slow getting there, but they’ve pretty clearly stated that Israel is guilty of war crimes, along with Hamas. HRW believes its lying eyes over Israeli denials. The NYT accepts without question their view of Hamas, but treats Israeli denials as part of a legitimate debate.

    3. And then when we ascend to the heights of Mt. Sinai, where the NYT editorial board is busy chiseling the Truth as they see it on tablets of stone, maybe Israel was a bit careless with their firepower, hard to say, kind of unfortunate, but Hamas is pure evil, no doubt about that. And the blockade is something that can be lifted in exchange for weakening Hamas. Because the lives of ordinary Palestinians, unlike the lives of ordinary Israelis, are to be used as bargaining chips.

    • American
      August 7, 2014, 11:57 am

      You could save yourself a lot of typing Donald by just cutting to the chase…..all of us here know exactly what the NYT is and how it came to be the Israel zionist flagship of the US press.

      http://irmep.org/ila/forrel/default.asp

      1963 Fulbright Senate hearing on zionist Infiltraiton

      [1963, under Fulbright’s chairmanship, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee conducted hearings on the Zionist . Including their efforts to control US press and individuals to influence public opinion in favor of Israel

      • American
        August 7, 2014, 12:02 pm

        Should have listened to Fulbright…..because now the US is in the deadly grip of zionist and other foreign organizations and disintegrating because of them.
        Burn congress to the ground and start over….its the only way out of this.

        http://www.wrmea.org/wrmea-archives/161-washington-report-archives-1994-1999/april-may-1995/7792-j-william-fulbright-a-giant-passes.html

        Fulbright…
        “Mr. President, this nation has welcomed millions of immigrants from abroad. In the 19th century we were called the melting pot, and we were proud of that description. It meant that there came to this land people of diverse creeds, colors and races. These immigrants became good Americans, and their ethnic and religious origins were of secondary importance.
        But in recent years, we have seen the rise of organizations dedicated apparently not to America, but to foreign states and groups.
        “The conduct of a foreign policy for America has been seriously compromised in this development. We can survive this development, Mr. President, only if our political institutions—and the Senate in particular—retain their objectivity and their independence so that they can serve all Americans.”

      • Donald
        August 7, 2014, 1:24 pm

        I prefer to type things out. I picture myself making the case for NYT bias to people who don’t follow the issue closely, but read the NYT and see moving stories about Palestinian suffering. If you just say “Oh it’s all pro-Israel crap”, it just makes one sound like an ideologue not paying attention to the details. Maybe that works for some.

        Also, no, I don’t think it’s some foreign conspiracy. There are people in the US, many of them non-Jews, who are psychologically conditioned to think that Israel can’t be the real bad guy, it’s gotta be Hamas or the Arabs or anyone other than an Israeli. And besides, the NYT has had a rotten record on writing about human rights that goes back to the Philippine American War (or so I vaguely recall–it’s been years since I read about that). Establishment types are inherently stupid on some issues precisely because they are powerful. The system that gave them success must be fundamentally okay, or they wouldn’t be where they are.

      • American
        August 7, 2014, 1:30 pm

        Well your picture of yourself is not the picture others have you…lol

      • Donald
        August 7, 2014, 6:30 pm

        “Well your picture of yourself is not the picture others have you…lol”

        A dig, no doubt, but not sure how it made sense. If one is trying to make a solid case to people who read the NYT that it is biased on this subject, you have to acknowledge that they printed stories about Palestinian suffering that really did convey what was happening. You then have to point out that their analytic pieces started dragging in arguments from the Israelis that are easily refuted by human rights groups that condemn both sides (and so aren’t solidly in the pro-Palestinian camp), but they left out some of the arguments. You then point out that the editorials are so biased the writers hardly seem to have been reading the articles in their own paper.

        This isn’t how I always write, especially after having read one of their awful editorials, but if I were going to make a case to someone who wasn’t reading much beyond the NYT, that’s what I’d do. Pointing to something Senator Fullbright said in 1963 probably will have them scratching their heads.

    • Shingo
      August 7, 2014, 5:57 pm

      The NYT accepts without question their view of Hamas, but treats Israeli denials as part of a legitimate debate.

      Stephen Zunes pointed out this hypocrisy the other day on a podcast. HRW, Amensty, and the UN (namely Navi Pillay), are irrefutable when comes to Syria et al, but anti western, Hamas loving, Israeli haters when it comes to Israel.

      • Donald
        August 7, 2014, 6:32 pm

        “Stephen Zunes pointed out this hypocrisy the other day on a podcast. HRW, Amensty, and the UN (namely Navi Pillay), are irrefutable when comes to Syria et al, but anti western, Hamas loving, Israeli haters when it comes to Israel.”

        Yeah exactly. It’s been like that forever.

  3. American
    August 7, 2014, 11:33 am

    I am confident that some people are furiously taking notes on the lies and names for the history books.
    The questions on 911 have even resurfaced again and I cant think of many lies that havent eventually been exposed…..the Big Lie of Israel will be too before its over.

    We could probably speed up the truth by waterboarding a few people if it werent illegal..oh wait, it is legal say the USA and Israel.

    • Chu
      August 7, 2014, 12:47 pm

      “I am confident that some people are furiously taking notes on the lies and names for the history books” – same here.

      This whole big Enchilada, while been successfully kept as a ‘taboo’ subject in the USA, has so many people that are carefully watching the deception, and saying -wait a sec. Most of us are aware of the truth, and I get the sense (from recent polling) that older generations inside the US seem to accept the old stories, as it easier for them to digest. Zionism has to be worried about the future generations, who see this (recent polls http://www.gallup.com/poll/174110/americans-reaction-middle-east-situation-similar-past.aspx)

      The pro zionist narrative has been a brick wall for decades, reinforced by hollywood narratives, but it’s clearly eroding (by Israel’s awful choices). It seems the core of Israel is turning into a cult (the media reports now that Netanyahu is now the moderate :[ ), and the diaspora are too afraid to reveal that darkness to the world, or lack the words to say what a dystopia its become.

      But in a decade perhaps half a century, all of this strange reality will be thoroughly documented. And another chapter of a failed messianic dream will be added to the dustbin of history.

  4. Kay24
    August 7, 2014, 11:36 am

    The New York Times has lost all credibility and is no more an honest publication.

    They are stupidly trying to do hasbara for Israel, and making the American people doubt what they have seen happening on their televisions, and doing what all the Israeli apologists are now doing in the media – blaming the victims and Hamas for ALL the death and destruction. Shame on them. This is an effort to win back the support of those disgusted by Israel’s brutality, violence, and seeing through the lies.
    The images of mangled and injured children, and their little lifeless bodies being carried by grieving parents, will not be erased by a zionist rag.
    You may fool the Americans all the time, but not the world.

  5. a blah chick
    August 7, 2014, 11:49 am

    There’s one word that no one is using to describe the resistance-courageous. It takes courage to stand up to a well armed and vicious opponent. An opponent with an air force, helicopters, tanks, and the support of powerful elites. Thanks to them Israel came out of this with NOTHING accomplished except for a high body count. These people were fighting for their homes, their families and their land. Thanks to them Israel decided it did not have the stomach for that kind of fight and withdrew.

    And who else is putting their lives on the line for other Palestinians?

  6. Jackdaw
    August 7, 2014, 11:52 am

    ISIS raises the black flag in Iraq.Tens of thousands flee their homes after being told to convert or die.
    Mondoweiss switches channels.

    • talknic
      August 7, 2014, 1:04 pm

      “ISIS raises the black flag in Iraq.Tens of thousands flee their homes after being told to convert or die”

      Jackdaw tries to switch channels. Typical of a transparent apologist for Israel

      • Kay24
        August 7, 2014, 1:49 pm

        “If you cannot convince them, confuse them” Neil Lazarus, Hasbara worldwide teleconference, presented by the Israel’s Ministry of Information.

        The hasbara apologists are following instructions.

      • jon s
        August 7, 2014, 4:34 pm

        Kay24,
        Israel doesn’t have a Ministry of Information.
        The quote is attributed to Harry Truman.

        Maybe Hamas apologists are also following instructions.

      • Shingo
        August 7, 2014, 6:34 pm

        Israel doesn’t have a Ministry of Information.

        They call it the MFA. Same thing.

        Maybe Hamas apologists are also following instructions.

        Where would those instructions be found?

      • Annie Robbins
        August 7, 2014, 6:42 pm

        here’s Neil Lazarus Israel Advocacy Tips 1 (AwesomeSeminars.com) see how many of these talking pts about hamas and palestinians you’re hearing today, this is from 09. israeli is not at war with the palestinian “hamas is holding the people of the gaza strip hostage”

        it really is a must hear.

      • Annie Robbins
        August 7, 2014, 7:04 pm

        Maybe Hamas apologists are also following instructions.

        maybe you can produce an instructional video from hamas saying it’s all marketing, like mr lazarus:

        “we have to start a different mindset. that mindset has to be of marketing, taking a message, a simple message and repeating it, repeating it, and repeating it.” do you like his marketing jon?

        “the number one thing which i think is crucial to understand, is to explain that israel too is hurt by the casualties on the palestinian side. but there’s a very important difference between israel and the palestinians , when israel kills civilians, tragically, we weep. it hurts us, it hurts everyone in israel…”

        yeah. i bet!!!

      • Annie Robbins
        August 7, 2014, 7:51 pm

        Where would those instructions be found?

        haven’t you ever seen the 10 step promotional to market hamas on their easy access website published in 30 languages? you need to get out more often shingo. i mean everyone has it memorized.

      • Kay24
        August 7, 2014, 7:54 pm

        Psst jon, I have made a mistake and said the Ministry of Information, but the fact is, it was the Jewish Agency for Israel.
        However, at about 2.34, you will clearly hear the devious instructor, Lazarus, say that line about confusing folks when you cannot convince them (like you have been desperately trying in Mondoweiss).
        Maybe you missed that seminar.

        I usually do not make such comments without having some kind of proof or link to back me up. I do not make things up like zio apologists do.

    • Shingo
      August 7, 2014, 6:03 pm

      ISIS raises the black flag in Iraq.Tens of thousands flee their homes after being told to convert or die.
      Mondoweiss switches channels.

      There is a whole thread on the subject moron.

      But what does Nerenyahu gave to say about ISIS? That the US and NATO should do nothing to stop them so that they and Iran can fight each other to the death.

      What did Michael Oren say about Al Qaeda in Syria? That if he had to chose, he works prefer AQ won because the other dude is pro Iranian.

      • Donald
        August 7, 2014, 6:33 pm

        “What did Michael Oren say about Al Qaeda in Syria? That if he had to chose, he works prefer AQ won because the other dude is pro Iranian.”

        I haven’t followed that part of things. It doesn’t surprise me that he’d think it, but I am surprised he would say it out loud.

      • Shingo
        August 7, 2014, 6:36 pm

        I haven’t followed that part of things. It doesn’t surprise me that he’d think it, but I am surprised he would say it out loud.

        Oren has said a great many stupid things out loud, but yes, this one was so unexpected that even Jeffrey Goldberg had to pull him up.

  7. eGuard
    August 7, 2014, 11:52 am

    Rewriting their stories indeed. Judy Rudoren had published her “My first gag order” [a lie] story before the paywall: https:[email protected]/22bcfa5addb She mentions ‘two’ NYT articles that are no longer online:

    This concept [Hannibal Doctrine] was discussed in my Friday piece, and Hannibal was mentioned specifically in an early version of the Sunday story by Steven Erlanger (it is no longer online).

    When the audiotape of the police call [by an abducted student] was broadcast on radio and television after the teenagers’ bodies were found, we wrote about it and noted that there had been a gag order — transparency, again. (This early version is also no longer on the web.)

    (h/t electronic intifada: not her first gag; btw, we need to check for changes with the earlier money version)

  8. Maurizio Morselli
    August 7, 2014, 11:52 am

    Dear NYT: “You may fool the Americans all the time, but not the world”

  9. Jackdaw
    August 7, 2014, 11:58 am

    Kidnap orders came from Gaza.

    Paul Hirschson, deputy spokesperson for international media at Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, tweeted the news this afternoon after an Israeli gag order was lifted.
    https://twitter.com/paulhirschson/status/496718753577435136

    While Hamas denied responsibility for the kidnapping, The Times of Israel has learned that Hussam Kawasme has a brother active in Hamas who was freed in the Gilad Shalit prisoner swap and deported to Gaza. It’s thought that the order to carry out the kidnapping came from there.

    http://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-arrests-suspected-ringleader-of-cell-that-nabbed-teens/

    • talknic
      August 7, 2014, 1:05 pm

      @ Jackdaw Uh? I thought you wanted to talk about ISIS

      BTW What don’t you understand about “it’s thought” I.e., speculation

      • Jackdaw
        August 7, 2014, 1:39 pm

        @talknic

        As per Paul Hirshson, ‘..revealed orders & finance came from Hamas in Gaza’.

      • Shingo
        August 7, 2014, 6:12 pm

        As per Paul Hirshson, ‘..revealed orders & finance came from Hamas in Gaza’.

        A Tweet citing ZERO evidence. Are you fo fuc%ing real?

        A month ago Mark Regev said there as no doubt and that the evidence was conclusive. So where is it?

      • talknic
        August 7, 2014, 7:28 pm

        @ Jackdaw … WOW an unsubstantiated tweet! AMAZING!

      • Jackdaw
        August 7, 2014, 1:42 pm

        @talknic

        I’d love to talk about ISIS. Will Iran send troops and aircraft into Iraq? What will the US do if Irbil falls?

      • Shingo
        August 7, 2014, 6:13 pm

        I’d love to talk about ISIS.

        Would you like to talk about the report that Baghdadi was trained by Mossad? Does it not seem suspicious how Israel is absent from the list of target states ISIS has listed?

        Will Iran send troops and aircraft into Iraq?

        Why when Obama is already hinting at doing so?

      • Annie Robbins
        August 7, 2014, 7:47 pm

        Would you like to talk about the report that Baghdadi was trained by Mossad?

        leaked by snowden..ouch! i’m so shocked.

      • talknic
        August 7, 2014, 7:25 pm

        @ Jackdaw … Ziopuke Thread HiJack Alert!

      • Annie Robbins
        August 7, 2014, 7:46 pm

        I’d love to talk about ISIS.

        well lucky you because the thread from yesterday on the article chock full of ISIS is still open. and i noticed you didn’t engage at all! shocking.

        http://mondoweiss.net/2014/08/palestinian-refugees-displaced.html

      • Mooser
        August 8, 2014, 11:52 am

        “I’d love to talk about….”

        So? Go talk to yourself, and you’ll get no disagreement.

    • Shingo
      August 7, 2014, 6:10 pm

      It’s thought that the order to carry out the kidnapping came from there.

      That’s all they got? IT WAS THOUGHT? No evidence, just a thought? Hey Jackjaw, a THOUGHT just occured to me that you could be a major drug dealer, and trafficking in child slavery and human organs.

      I should get on the phone to the police right away and let them know.

  10. lysias
    August 7, 2014, 12:09 pm

    From Times of Israel story:

    While Hamas denied responsibility for the kidnapping, The Times of Israel has learned that Hussam Kawasme has a brother active in Hamas who was freed in the Gilad Shalit prisoner swap and deported to Gaza. It’s thought that the order to carry out the kidnapping came from there.

    Those responsible work under the auspices of former Palestinian interior minister Fathi Hammad with another senior Hamas official in Ankara, Saleh al-Arouri, who are responsible for planning dozens of attacks in the West Bank, The Times of Israel was told.

    According to Palestinian security sources, there is little doubt that the group that carried out the kidnapping is linked to Hamas’s leadership abroad.

    Some evidence you’ve got there, fella.

    Remember how long the Bush administration stubbornly insisted there were WMD’s in Iraq?

    • Jackdaw
      August 7, 2014, 12:33 pm

      @lysias

      You’re calling Hussam Kawasme a liar?

      • lysias
        August 7, 2014, 1:01 pm

        You don’t have to be a liar to tell Israel what it wants when you’re being interrogated by forces of a country that has a history of torture. And that’s assuming that he said what Israel claims he said.

      • Jackdaw
        August 7, 2014, 1:40 pm

        @lysias

        No proof would satisfy you. Let’s move on.

      • Donald
        August 7, 2014, 2:29 pm

        Only an idiot takes testimony acquired under torture as “proof”. In fact, that’s often the point of torture–not to acquire real information, but to make people say what you want them to say.

        sheerafrenkel article

      • tree
        August 7, 2014, 5:10 pm

        The timing is all wrong for Hamas to be behind the kidnapping outside of Hebron, as is the use of a small cadre known for an independent streak.

        And on top of all that, since Hamas had all those “terror tunnels” it could have easily kidnapped soldiers or civilians from the tunnels. It didn’t need two guys in a car in the middle of the occupied West Bank to do it. The Israeli government hypes the tunnels as prime kidnapping venues for Hamas and then wants you to believe that Hamas preferred to use a car in the West Bank that is under military control by Israel and would then have to travel 30-40 miles through Israel itself to get to Gaza. Pull the other one.

      • Annie Robbins
        August 7, 2014, 5:49 pm

        jack, if i were being tortured i’d admit to kidnapping the teens. i’d admit to anything. i’m a totally wimp when it comes to physical pain.

      • Shingo
        August 7, 2014, 6:15 pm

        No proof would satisfy you. Let’s move on

        No proof has been produced. An unsourced Tweet is proof?

      • Mooser
        August 8, 2014, 11:57 am

        “I’d love to talk about….”

        “No proof would satisfy you. Let’s move on.”

        And there you have the whole of this “Jackdaw”. See, he’s gonna impress and subdue us with his imperiousness! He Jackdaw, will control the thread!

      • talknic
        August 7, 2014, 1:08 pm

        Jackdaw “You’re calling Hussam Kawasme a liar?”

        What is it about “thought” you don’t understand? It’s thought that the order to carry out the kidnapping came from there.”

        I.e., speculation…

      • Abierno
        August 7, 2014, 3:43 pm

        Wow – as Riyad al-Maliki meets with prosecutors at the ICC, Netanyahu captures a Hamas operative who -confesses to the masterminding of the kidnapping under the direction of his brother in Gaza, who is according to Israel but no one else, a top Hamas operative, who funded the operation. Also, other Hamas international leaders were also in on the plan. How fortuitous an arrest when Netanyahu is under fire in his own country for not being more aggressive with Gaza. This situation kills many birds with one stone – Israel can exit or hardline the negotiations with Gaza/Palestine on “security bases” (Don’t second guess me about Hamas), bring the kidnapping back to the forefront for further incitement purposes, and, finally, accuse Hamas of war crimes at the ICC. What a lucky stroke of fate! Hopefully, the tragic deaths of the three young men will erase any international concern regarding the 2,000 (70% civilian, 450 children) deaths in Gaza.

      • RoHa
        August 8, 2014, 5:05 am

        I think Twitter is absolutely marvellous. Never before have so many people of such little importance been able to reveal their total idiocy to so many.

      • Jackdaw
        August 8, 2014, 10:09 am

        @Annie

        ” jack, if i were being tortured i’d admit to kidnapping the teens.”

        I would too, Annie. But I didn’t own the land that the boys corpses were found and I wasn’t caught trying to sneak into Jordan with forged papers like Hussam Kawasme.

      • Shingo
        August 7, 2014, 6:15 pm

        You’re calling Hussam Kawasme a liar?

        After being waterboarded and having his nails removed, probably.

    • Annie Robbins
      August 7, 2014, 5:55 pm

      i love this! : “It’s thought that the order to carry out the kidnapping came from there.”

      how bout this: It’s thought that the teens died in a car accident and the government of israel used their deaths to set up hamas because they were incensed over the announcement of the unity government.

      • Mooser
        August 8, 2014, 7:47 pm

        “It’s thought that the teens died in a car accident”

        Is that what’s thought. Many people have told me (you know, after-schul gossip they’ve heard it’s been said it was the tragic result, a murder-suicide, of a love-triangle type thing.

  11. rmeintzer
    August 7, 2014, 12:22 pm

    The major fault is always to start the timeline of the upheaval at the kidnapping rather than the army’s killing of two Palestinian teens in Beitunya on May 15 which actually began the unrest and the killing of two Palestinians (in Dura & Ramallah) on the day of the kidnapping. Lies and omissions become ‘truth’.

    • Shingo
      August 7, 2014, 6:19 pm

      <blockquote< The major fault is always to start the timeline of the upheaval at the kidnapping rather than the army’s killing of two Palestinian teens in Beitunya on May 15 which actually began the unrest and the killing of two Palestinians

      But don’t you know? As Alison Weir explained, so long as no Israelis are dying and few rockets are flying, Palestinians being murdered is considered by the Western media to be “relative calm”.

      • Citizen
        August 8, 2014, 7:28 am

        @ Shingo
        Main media TV news/infotainment never mentions the May 15 incident.

  12. Les
    August 7, 2014, 12:24 pm

    86% of Gaza Dead Were Civilians (Believe the UN, Not NY Times’ Jodi Rudoren)

    http://my.firedoglake.com/fairleft/2014/08/06/86-of-gaza-dead-were-civilians-believe-the-un-not-ny-times-jodi-rudoren/

    • Chu
      August 7, 2014, 12:33 pm

      Secretary of State John Kerry – “‘That is a hell of a pinpoint operation, a hell of a pinpoint operation”

  13. Pamela Olson
    August 7, 2014, 1:29 pm

    But check out the Readers’ Picks comments — they are spot on, as usual! Mondoweiss readers ourselves couldn’t do much better.

    • globalconsciousness
      August 7, 2014, 5:05 pm

      Thanks – just trawled through hundreds of reader’s picks ; seems that people are finally seeing through Friedman’s obfuscations and lies…

  14. Castellio
    August 7, 2014, 2:01 pm

    It is important that the historical materials available to the people of the United States be broader and more truthful than the NYT.

    Therefore Mondoweiss, being a better informed source of a greater breadth of information on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict than the NYT, needs to commit to publishing (hard copy and digital) selected collections of its articles/postings, so that they will find themselves in Libraries throughout the land and be pointed to by reference librarians.

    This is a long struggle: the achievements of today need to be sustained into the future. Perhaps work with Verso, or some other progressive publisher.

  15. Erasmus
    August 7, 2014, 3:44 pm

    NYT does not even get its figures right….

    In the NY Editorial Boards article of 06 Aug 2014 you read a.o.:

    More than 1,800 Palestinians, a majority of them noncombatants, and 67 Israelis have been killed. United Nations officials said 408 Palestinian children were killed and 2,502 injured.

    The actual figure of injured Palestinians reads : more than 9,800 (i.w. 9thousand eight hundred).

  16. gracie fr
    August 7, 2014, 3:45 pm

    [F]riedman visited a tunnel near an Israeli kibbutz and says that Hamas was using them to try and murder Israeli civilians…..

    .As the invited speaker at the 2012 Edward Said Memorial Lecture, Harvard economist Sara Roy goes into detail about the importance of “the tunnel economy” with points drawn mainly from her book, “The Gaza Strip: the Political Economy of De-development” published in 2012…….

    “The tunnels, which are almost entirely devoted to smuggling goods into Gaza (with limited exports), have become Gaza’s primary trading route, a critical lifeline for, and driver of, the local economy, allowing it to mitigate the pressures imposed by the blockade. By 2012 the tunnel economy (with and via Egypt) had become Gaza’s principal economic engine accounting for 80 to 90 percent of its trade valued at close to $700 million annually, and for marked increases in private sector employment. Nicholas Pelham, who has written extensively on the tunnel economy, similarly observed, “All told, the tunnels have kick-started Gaza’s reconstruction, propelling it out of the darkest days of the siege. Imports have triggered a building boom… [and] Gaza resembles a vast construction site.”

    Once Gaza’s smuggling trade began to assume more formal commercial dimensions, the Hamas government moved to regulate it, establishing a regulatory authority known as the Tunnel Affairs Commission (TAC), translating what was “[o]nce a tax-free enterprise to escape closures [into] a source of domestic revenue.”

    In its drive to formalize the tunnel economy, the Hamas government, writes Pelham, established an “increasingly comprehensive customs regime, providing it with a new revenue base that partially compensated for the Ramallah-based PA’s monopoly on customs revenues collected at Israeli’s ports.” I will not list all the fees imposed except to say that the taxes on tunnel goods (consumer items and inputs and raw materials for construction) have proven extremely lucrative. For example, according to Omar Shaban, an economist in Gaza who studies the tunnel trade, the government levies the following taxes: fifty cents on every liter of gas, with 500,000 liters brought in daily; eighty cents on each of the 300,000 packs of cigarettes that enter Gaza each day; $15 on every ton of construction steel with 300 tons entering every day; and $10 per ton of cement with 2,000 tons imported daily. These four commodities alone yield the Hamas government an annual income of $188 million. Hamas also regulates many types of businesses – from street vendors to Gaza’s 20 money-changing companies – by requiring them to pay license fees. Taxes are also collected on a variety of “luxury” items such as cars coming from Israel in order to compensate for lost tunnel income after 2010 when imports from Israel increased.

    Import taxes on tunnel goods allowed the government to raise “over half of its $750 million 2011 annual budget locally,” while the tunnel trade generated rising levels of employment especially in the construction sector, and improved some of Gaza’s public infrastructure including government buildings, police stations and mosques. The Gaza-Rafah highway was widened, while parks and coastal areas were beautified. In fact, the tunnel economy as a whole was, at its peak in 2010, “Gaza’s largest non-governmental employer and its largest employer of youth” with some 5,000 tunnel operators and 25,000 workers supporting some 150,000 people – around 10 percent of the population.

    An extremely crucial aspect of the tunnel trade is its size, which has dwarfed official trade with Israel, outstripping formal trade supplies. For example, by February 2012 a monthly average of 1,600 tons of cement came through Israeli crossings compared to 31,000 tons received through the tunnels. More strikingly, Pelham reports that by mid-2011, 3,000 tons of cement entered Gaza daily; hence, in one day the tunnels could supply nearly double the amount of cement that Israel delivered in one month. This in turn has catalyzed a building boom addressing Gaza’s desperate need for housing with large-scale investment from the Saudi Development Bank, Turkey and Qatar.

    The impact of the tunnel economy (coupled with Israel’s easing of import restrictions) has been dramatic. According to the UN, “As in 2010, construction activity was the single most important element in private sector growth in 2011 in the OPT… In 2010 and 2011, Gaza’s annual average real GDP growth surpassed 20 percent and boasted a stunning 23 percent GDP growth rate in 2011 alone – admittedly built on a very low economic base devastated by years of closure. The number of people working in construction more than tripled between 2010 and 2011 and overall employment in Gaza grew nearly 25 percent (relative to 2010).” It is clear that the tunnel trade is now the principal catalyst behind Gaza’s booming construction sector and GDP growth “precipitating… Gaza’s postwar reconstruction while donors remained on the sidelines.”

  17. Sycamores
    August 7, 2014, 4:43 pm

    Eran Efrati a former Israeli soldier turn activist and whistleblower

    Israeli army whistle blower leaks account of revenge attacks against civilians by Israeli troops in Gazas shujaiyya

    http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/08/03/israeli-army-whistle-blower-leaks-account-of-revenge-attacks-against-civilians-by-israeli-troops-in-gazas-shujaiyya/

    • jon s
      August 8, 2014, 1:31 am

      Breaking news: Hamas has decided to end the ceasefire and has resumed mortar and rocket fire at Israel.
      They haven’t seen enough death and destruction.
      Israel was willing to extend the ceasefire.

      • Shingo
        August 8, 2014, 5:37 pm

        Hamas has decided to end the ceasefire and has resumed mortar and rocket fire at Israel.

        False. Hamas has decided to end the ceasefire. The mortar and rocket fire at Israel were by Islamic Jihad.

        Israel was willing to extend the ceasefire.

        Israel refused to lift the siege even on principal. In other words, Israel wants to continue to imposed death and destruction without bombs.

      • Citizen
        August 8, 2014, 7:16 pm

        Yes. Islamic Jihad commenced firing rockets a few minutes after end of the cease fire deadline hour; at the time the Israeli delegation had already left the premises.Hamas delegation stayed, and in fact is still there. Israel’s only concession to lifting the blockade was letting in some humanitarian aid and a handful of maimed Gazans to be treated in Israel. Nothing else. As the soup nazi says, “No soup for you!” So Israel told the Gaza negotiations, “No freedom for you!” I guess the Israelis just like to shoot at the Gaza fisherman.
        I’m not sure, but I don’t think the Egyptian negotiators even offered to lift their gate crossing a tad.

      • eljay
        August 8, 2014, 6:40 pm

        >> Breaking news: Hamas has decided to end the ceasefire and has resumed mortar and rocket fire at Israel. They haven’t seen enough death and destruction.

        Old news: The oppressive, colonialist, expansionist and supremacist “Jewish State” of Israel continues to decide:
        – not to halt its 60+ years, ON-GOING and offensive (i.e., not defensive) campaign of aggression, oppression, theft, colonization, destruction, torture and murder:
        – not to withdraw to within its / Partition borders;
        – not to honour its obligations under international law;
        – not to accept responsibility and accountability for its past and ON-GOING (war) crimes; and
        – not to enter into sincere negotiations for a just and mutually-beneficial peace.

        Zio-supremacists haven’t stolen, occupied and colonized enough Palestinian land, or oppressed, tortured and killed enough Palestinians.

      • Shingo
        August 8, 2014, 7:39 pm

        I’m not sure, but I don’t think the Egyptian negotiators even offered to lift their gate crossing a tad.

        But aren’t we glad they had a democratic coup in 2013?

  18. Sycamores
    August 8, 2014, 1:35 pm

    Thanks jon s for giving me the opportunity to post what i believe will be undeniable Israeli warcrimes, that will hopefully be publish in two major U.S. newspapers soon for all the world to see.

    In recent weeks I was on the border of Gaza and getting reports from soldiers in the Gaza Strip who leak information out to me. I am in the process of publication of two big stories in major U.S. newspapers, but there are some things I can share with you right now: Soldiers in two different units inside Gaza leaked information about the murdering of Palestinians by sniper fire in Shuja’iyya neighborhood as punishment for the death of soldiers in their units. After the shooting on the Israeli armored personnel carriers, which killed seven soldiers of the Golani Brigade, the Israeli army carried out a massacre in Shuja’iyya neighborhood. A day after the massacre, many Palestinians came to search for their relatives and their families in the rubble. In one of the videos uploaded to YouTube, a young Palestinian man Salem Shammaly calls the names of his family and looking for them between the ruins when he is suddenly shot at in his chest and falls down. A few seconds after that, there are two additional shootings from snipers into his body, killing him instantly. Since the video was released, there was no official response from the IDF spokesperson. Today I can report that the official command that was handed down to the soldiers in Shujaiyya was to capture Palestinian homes as outposts. From these posts, the soldiers drew an imaginary red line, and amongst themselves decided to shoot to death anyone who crosses it. Anyone crossing the line was defined as a threat to their outposts, and was thus deemed a legitimate target. This was the official reasoning inside the units. I was told that the unofficial reason was to enable the soldiers to take out their frustrations and pain at losing their fellow soldiers (something that for years the IDF has not faced during its operations in Gaza and the West Bank), out on the Palestinian refugees in the neighborhood. Under the pretext of the so-called “security threat” soldiers were directed to carry out a pre-planned attack of revenge on Palestinian civilians. These stories join many other similar ones that Amira Hass and I investigated in Operation Cast Lead. The death toll that continues to rise is steadily reaching the numbers of the massacre of 2009.
    More than 1,100 have been killed in Gaza, at least 80 percent of them civilians. Today it is cleared for publication that at least 4 soldiers were killed by a rocket in a gathering area outside of Gaza, and another soldier was killed in Gaza. They join 43 soldiers that have already been killed. We know that more acts of revenge will come soon and it is important that we not stay silent. This is the time to take to the streets and to social media. Demand from your representative wherever you are to stop supporting this massacre and to immediately boycott the state of Israel until the occupation ends, the blockade is lifted and Palestinians will be free. We all want to be in the right place at the right time when history knocks on our door, and history is knocking in Gaza right now. You need to decide on which side you want to go down in history.

    http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/08/03/israeli-army-whistle-blower-leaks-account-of-revenge-attacks-against-civilians-by-israeli-troops-in-gazas-shujaiyya/

    Israel willingly shot unarmed civilians.

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