Israel detains Washington Post bureau chief in Jerusalem accusing him of ‘incitement’ –updated

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William Booth, the Washington Post’s Jerusalem bureau chief, was conducting interviews by the Damascus Gate outside of the Old City’s walls in Jerusalem this afternoon when Israeli border police detained him and accused the journalist of incitement.

A statement released by the police said officers detained Booth on suspicion that he had played a role in “disturbance of the peace” for “propaganda purposes.” Once it was determined that he had not, he was released.

“A passer-by complained that he witnessed a number of people intending to stage a provocative situation and disturbances by young Arabs toward policemen responsible for security in the area, apparently for propaganda purposes. In view of the complaint, the policemen detained a number of suspects in order to clarify the facts in a sensitive and discreet manner at the nearby police facility,” said the statement from police spokesperson Luba Samri, adding Booth was  “released immediately by the investigating officer without any other steps taken in the matter.”

Update: Israeli police have now issued a third statement in the case, stating that the original complaint was “without foundation.” Full text at bottom of this post.

A video of the incident courtesy of Reuters photographer Ammar Awad shows a nonplussed Booth and a colleague standing next to two officers, stating their passport and identification card were confiscated.

Washington Post correspondent Ruth Marks Eglash who was at the scene, posted a picture of the detained journalists on social media. A spokesperson for the Post commented to the New York Times “we regard the detention of any of our journalists anywhere as extremely troubling.”

Head of the Foreign Press Association, Reuters Jerusalem bureau chief Luke Baker said “Now released, but the brief detention and questioning still seems wholly unacceptable,” on Twitter.

Israel’s Government Press Office later added Booth was “unnecessarily detained” and “probably the result of an unfortunate misunderstanding.”

The statement read, “a correspondent for the Washington Post was unnecessarily detained by the Border Police – probably the result of an unfortunate misunderstanding. Freedom of the press is a supreme value in the Israeli democracy. Israel is doing its utmost to enable the foreign press to work freely, without any pressure. We call upon the security forces and journalists to act with restraint and to avoid confrontations during these tense times. The GPO endeavors to prevent such incidents; we shall examine today’s events and draw the necessary conclusions.”

Booth’s detention comes at a time of tense words from the Israeli government aimed at the foreign press corps in Israel, and increased governmental scrutiny of Israeli journalists.

Two weeks ago CBS News posted the headline “3 Palestinians killed as daily violence grinds on,” omitting that the three Palestinians were killed by Israeli security forces during an attempted attack on Israelis. The headline was later changed, but not before it caught ire from Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which lambasted the news outlet  for “unprecedented chutzpah, a slanted and false headline.”

Israel’s Government Press Office weighed in on social media, stating it would consider revoking press credentials of foreign journalists who expressed bias in their headlines, conflating who was victim and who was attacker in deadly confrontations.

The CBS headline then prompted two discussions in Israel’s Knesset over alleged bias in foreign media on February 2nd and February 9th.

“We do not agree that the foreign media are biased, and the legitimacy of Israel’s campaign against terrorism is entirely determined by how Israel conducts that campaign. It has nothing to do with the foreign media,” said a statement by the Foreign Press Association in response to the announced Knesset sessions.

The statement added, “A free and open media is the bedrock of a democratic society. Parliamentary subcommittee hearings that start from the premise that the foreign media are biased tend to look like poorly conceived witch hunts.”

No foreign journalists have had their press credentials invalidated since the headline in question was published.

At the same time Israel’s military censor, a government body that requires journalists to redact certain details in their reporting that relates to defense and national security issues, expanded their reach to Israel’s blogging community. All journalists credentialed by Israel’s Government Press Office are required to sign a statement agreeing to the military censor. In practice Israeli journalists are held to a higher standard than foreign press, as Israeli newspapers are at times made aware of what pieces of information are unpublishable, and foreign press generally are told to make corrections after the time of publication.

However, in recent months Israel’s blogging community has been fast to report on security stories, or post information to social media where the army censor had placed a gag order. Notably after the arrest of Israeli activist Ezra Nawi in January, Israeli activists and bloggers posted details that would have otherwise been sealed. The army censor then issued notices to these agencies that they now must comply with the media standard.

+972 Magazine’s Editor-in-chief Mike Omar-Man published a letter to his readers yesterday explaining the new policy in-depth. Omar-Man said his organization will now observe the military censor, and he will not be able to disclose when and what articles have been redacted.

“After consulting with counsel, we believe that at this point in time we will have no choice but to submit certain articles to the military censor before publication in the future. And although we are forbidden from publishing the full list of topics that are subject to censorship, they include everything from equipment the army is using in the West Bank, troop movements, the location of rocket strikes, the identities of high-ranking security officials, and certain information about national infrastructure,” said Omar-Man.

“If and when the IDF Censor does demand changes to one of our articles we will be forbidden from telling you, our readers, when and where we were censored. And while we begrudgingly accept our legal obligation to submit certain articles for prior review, we plan to fight with our full resources any attempts at actually censoring us,” Omar-Man added.

Update. The Israeli Police have now issued a third statement on the case:

“Regarding the detaining and questioning of a Washington Post correspondent, we would like to make it clear that following an inquiry into the circumstances of the event it has been ascertained that the information which had been given to the officers was without foundation. We regret if any distress was caused to those who were detained. The police are aware of the need for sensitivity and officers are instructed to allow journalists to do their work including in centers of friction that are especially sensitive due to the security situation, with emphasis on the public peace and the security of the journalists themselves while honoring and realizing the important value of freedom of the press.”

57 Responses

  1. K Renner
    February 16, 2016, 11:25 am

    What a joke.

    But these people think that publically sympathizing with Palestinians counts as “incitement” and that stating the obvious regarding the Palestinian right to self-defence is “supporting terrorism”.

    What I mean to say is that they end up looking like they’re nutso an awful lot of the time when it comes to the situation in the occupied Palestinian West Bank.

  2. amigo
    February 16, 2016, 12:42 pm

    “Freedom of the press is a supreme value in the Israeli democracy. Israel is doing its utmost to enable the foreign press to work freely, without any pressure. We call upon the security forces and journalists to act with restraint and to avoid confrontations during these tense times. The GPO endeavors to prevent such incidents; we shall examine today’s events and draw the necessary conclusions.” Pip squeak tin pot nation spokesperson.

    Sure you do oh most moral democracy in the universe.

  3. Boomer
    February 16, 2016, 1:02 pm

    re: “+972 Magazine’s Editor-in-chief Mike Omar-Man published a letter to his readers yesterday explaining the new policy in-depth. Omar-Man said his organization will now observe the military censor, and he will not be able to disclose when and what articles have been redacted.”

    Thanks for bringing this to our attention. I had missed it.

    How ironic (though typical) that Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs complains about “unprecedented chutzpah” and about a “slanted and false headline.”

  4. Ossinev
    February 16, 2016, 1:13 pm

    If it is any consolation William it could have been worse. Had you been in a wheelchair they probably would have pushed you over and you would have banged your head on the ground.
    They then would have claimed that the whole thing was an anti-semitic set up.

    Love these cuddly Israeli Zionists.

    • chocopie
      February 16, 2016, 3:00 pm

      He’s lucky they didn’t shoot him and drop a knife next to his body.

    • Mooser
      February 16, 2016, 4:54 pm

      “If it is any consolation William it could have been worse.”

      I shudder to think what he might have been subjected to had his name been ‘Boothstein’ or ‘Boothberg’. That would put him under Israeli jurisdiction.

    • xanadou
      February 16, 2016, 6:51 pm

      For anyone who may not have seen the footage with the man in the wheelchair
      link to liveleak.com

      • Kay24
        February 16, 2016, 9:10 pm

        What ruthless inhumane beings. They are the nazis of our time. To think the US keeps supporting these scumbags, makes excuses for their violence, and keeps arming them is unbelievable. They are the Jewish terrorists in uniform.

      • Neil Schipper
        February 16, 2016, 9:17 pm

        the guy who pushed the man was a Druze, according to publically avail info

        a stabbing had just been thwarted.

        to make that super clear for crazy cat ladies: an attempt to pierce flesh, with a knife, causing severe injury or death

        the situation was volatile; people had been warned to stay away. (medics quickly arrived, girl is in recovery)

        video edited to make it seem like out-of-the-blue viciousness, an old technique, for the benefit of muddle-minded hysterics

      • Elisabeth
        February 17, 2016, 8:11 am

        “video edited to make it seem like out-of-the-blue viciousness ”

        So please explain Neil: Why wasn’t it out-of-the-blue viciousness? Tell us exactly what was edited out off the video that justified pushing over a man in a wheelchair.

    • K Renner
      February 21, 2016, 12:13 pm

      ” They then would have claimed that the whole thing was an anti-semitic set up.”

      The fact that these people continue to believe that this allegation works or is seen as anything else then a particularly bad joke boggles the mind.

      But really– these are the people who’ve claimed for decades on end that the Palestinians send their own children to be slaughtered and that Palestinians in general want to die at Israeli hands “to make Israel look bad”. The people who claim that cripples in wheelchairs flip themselves over for television cameras for the same purpose.

      When you consider that kind of thing, it becomes less surprising to see that they’re still whining about “anti-Semitic conspiracies” whenever this thing or that thing gets into the news or reported on in any way.

  5. a blah chick
    February 16, 2016, 1:23 pm

    “A passer-by complained that he witnessed a number of people intending to stage a provocative situation and disturbances by young Arabs toward policemen responsible for security in the area, apparently for propaganda purposes.” I mean why else would you stage a demonstration?

    The the police spokesman then came out and said that money was being or about to be exchanged. Obviously that was not the case so why did the police say it? Because the truth is anti semitic.

    This is why a lot of people refuse to accept ANYTHING Israeli government officials, policemen or IDFers say, they can’t stop lying.

    • K Renner
      February 16, 2016, 3:28 pm

      ” Because the truth is anti semitic.”

      The scary thing is that this notion is something that these people have shown time and time again that they actually believe to be true– in practice if not actually saying as much verbatim.

      • echinococcus
        February 18, 2016, 1:36 pm

        Schipper,

        Cut the nonsense. That “border police” has no business in the Jerusalem corpus separatum. The border, even the one acknowledged by the colonialist powers, is way behind them.

        More, the law and the UN Charter show that it is not only legal, but even a mizvah to swat them.

        Of course, they have no right to interfere with anyone, be it Palestinians in the street or American journalists.

        So what are you carrying on about?

    • Neil Schipper
      February 16, 2016, 6:52 pm

      blah-blah-blah chick, your comment is gibberish. You misrepresent, then you vent like a child deprived of candy.

      The officer said that the passer-by said he heard an Arab woman offer the reporters some photogenic sumud theater for payola. (ToI)

      faux-journalist Allison Deger naturally omits this.

      So, after a bit of investigation, the guard determines the reporters were not about to buy the service.

      Significantly, Booth and Taha have not denied that the offer by the woman was not made. This all happened many hours ago now; it takes seconds to tweet a simple denial. Indeed,

      Eglash, speaking on behalf of her colleagues, said they wanted to “put the incident behind them and move on.” (ToI)

      This suggests a conscious decision by these world class media to “neither confirm nor deny” an extremely salient point of fact about a story with international reach. Agenda? Bias?

      Lying hamasbarats like blah-blah-blah chick often rely on inane juvenile rhetoric in place of thinking. I wonder if it ever worked on a geometry test. (I believe there are schools where this is encouraged.)

      It is sobering to contemplate living under a political arrangement that would meet with her satisfaction. The millions who do, yearn to GTFO, and when the opportunity arises, that’s what they do.

      • Mooser
        February 16, 2016, 7:39 pm

        Uh-oh, it must be true! “Schipper” links to the Torah twice!

      • oldgeezer
        February 16, 2016, 8:02 pm

        @Neil

        “Significantly,”

        Not remotely significant. One could as easily argue the censor didn’t permit it. I wouldn’t buy that either though btw as it’s really not a good move if they intend to put it behind them to make further comments either way

        “This suggests a conscious decision by these world class media to “neither confirm nor deny” an extremely salient point of fact about a story with international reach. – See more at: link to mondoweiss.net

        Again, pure speculation on your part. Ranks up there with the “we all know what would happen” fantasists.

        .

      • tree
        February 16, 2016, 8:32 pm

        Did you miss the Update, Neil? You seem to have become unhinged over all this.

        Update. The Israeli Police have now issued a third statement on the case:
        “Regarding the detaining and questioning of a Washington Post correspondent, we would like to make it clear that following an inquiry into the circumstances of the event it has been ascertained that the information which had been given to the officers was WITHOUT FOUNDATION.

        – See more at: link to mondoweiss.net

        In other words, the passerby was totally wrong about the “Arab woman offer(ing) the reporters some photogenic sumud theater for payola.”

        And if you had read your own link in a reasoned matter you would have realized that Eglash, who was not in custody and could make a statement, did issue a denial. From your link to the Times of Israel(paragraphs 5 and 6):

        “Police officers were told that she said if you pay these youngsters, they will start the provocation and you’ll be able to take pictures,” Aharoni said.

        However, Eglash disputed that claim, nothing(sic- probably meant “noting”) that neither Booth nor Taha is a photographer or even had a camera.

        So, Neil, obviously your reading skills are impaired at this point, perhaps because of your anger, or perhaps they aren’t that good to begin with. Or perhaps you purposely left out that bit of information because it ran counter to your argument, and your argument was more important to you than the truth.

        We now know that the Post has denied the unsubstantiated claim of a passerby and so has the Israeli police spokesman. The police spokesman didn’t just state that the reporters didn’t pay, he stated that the information about the offer was itself “without foundation.”

        I’d suggest you not impugn other people’s intelligence when you get so agitated that you abandon logic yourself in order to rant from your own bias.

      • tree
        February 16, 2016, 8:59 pm

        One further point, Neil. I just clicked on your second Times of Israel link. Its very clear from that article that the accusation against the “Arab woman” was determined by the police to have been false. You seem to have not only missed the Mondoweiss update but to have totally ignored what was said in your own link, and misrepresented in your comment the police statement made here: (Second link of yours, paragraph four.)

        The police defended the initial detention, but apologized for any distress caused. “The clarification [of what happened] was required in light of the information given to the officers, which turned out to be false,” the police said in a statement.

        Bad form on your part. Dishonest and juvenile to boot.

      • a blah chick
        February 16, 2016, 9:14 pm

        “Lying hamasbarats”

        Bwahahahahaha!

        I’m so stealing that.

      • Neil Schipper
        February 16, 2016, 9:39 pm

        tree flaw 1: ‘without foundation’ means EXACTLY: no reason to think the reporters were guilty of the purported wrong (of offering to pay for a show)

        tree flaw 2: Eglash arrived on the scene after Booth and Taha were taken aside for questioning. she did not witness the encounter with the woman; clearly stated in one of those linked articles

        tree flaw 3: modern cell phones are amazing. lots of megapixels. everybody got one. (and the arab woman may have even offered skilled and experienced photography expertise by one of the “children”.

        i don’t think you’re unintelligent. just another wilfully lying fact-denying spin-it-for-hate mondoweisser

      • tree
        February 17, 2016, 1:17 am

        Neil,

        ‘without foundation’ means EXACTLY: no reason to think the reporters were guilty of the purported wrong (of offering to pay for a show)

        No, you are ignoring the statements made by the Israeli police spokesman because of your bias.

        Again, from YOUR link:

        An Arab woman allegedly told Booth that if he paid some of the bystanders, they would provoke the nearby police officers and start a violent demonstration, Jerusalem Police spokesperson Asi Aharoni told The Times of Israel.

        “Police officers were told that she said if you pay these youngsters, they will start the provocation and you’ll be able to take pictures,” Aharoni said.

        ….

        A passerby complained to Border Police officers, who were standing a few feet away, the Jerusalem Police spokesperson said.

        “In light of the complaint, officers detained a number of suspects to check the facts,” police spokesperson Luba Samri said.

        Its abundantly clear that the original complaint was about what the Arab woman allegedly said. There is no mention BY THE ISRAELI POLICE of a citizen’s complaint that the WP reporters paid or agreed to pay anything. The passerby’s complaint was about what the “Arab woman” allegedly said.

        The police statement after the fact said, according to the TOI:

        “The clarification [of what happened] was required in light of the information given to the officers, which turned out to be false,

        And according to the update above, The Israeli Police have now issued a third statement on the case: “Regarding the detaining and questioning of a Washington Post correspondent, we would like to make it clear that following an inquiry into the circumstances of the event it has been ascertained that the information which had been given to the officers was WITHOUT FOUNDATION.

        The information given to the police was that the Arab woman had offered to stage an incident for money. That is the information that the police spokesperson mentioned and this is the information that was false, even according to the Israeli police. Only your bias and your stubbornness makes it impossible for you to believe the truth when even the Israeli police make the statement. You need to check your own hatred cuz its overflowing and impairing your reasoning.

        Eglash arrived on the scene after Booth and Taha were taken aside for questioning. she did not witness the encounter with the woman; clearly stated in one of those linked articles

        She was obviously in contact with Booth and Taha, as also mentioned in the linked article(and I believe she is the woman in the video above with the two), and you acknowledged that she was speaking for those two as well as herself when she stated that they wanted to “put the incident behind them.” But now you insist that she is not speaking for them when she denied the accusation, and in fact you purposely omitted her denial, and then fantasized “a conscious decision by these world class media to “neither confirm nor deny” an extremely salient point of fact about a story with international reach,” when the denial was right in front of your face. This was very dishonest on your part.

        modern cell phones are amazing. lots of megapixels. everybody got one. (and the arab woman may have even offered skilled and experienced photography expertise by one of the “children”.

        And now you are fantasizing about some bizarre offer of which there was absolutely no complaint, false or otherwise. You’ve totally lost touch with reality because of your hatred and have the gall to accuse others of lying? Look in the mirror; you’ll see a man consumed with hate.

      • Mooser
        February 17, 2016, 10:54 am

        Ah, I get such naches, such joy, when I think that guys like “Neil Schlipper” are Zionism’s future.
        And they are its past, too, at this point! Both! ROTFLMSJAO!!!!

      • Annie Robbins
        February 17, 2016, 3:17 pm

        the foreign press office statement sounds correct. it sounds to me like a “poorly conceived witch hunt”

        police want to harass reporters, police claim a so called “passer by” gives them a tip. and this justifies hauling in the reporters and people on the scene for questioning. how is this any different that how israel does business all the time whenever they want to harass palestinians. they haul them in on administration detention for weeks and months whenever they want digging for info to arrest them. they claim they got a so called ‘tip’. of course they never have to reveal who allegedly made an allegation. the only reason this gets any press is because they tried their routine excuses and justification for harassing people on members of the foreign press. palestinians are not so lucky to get released quickly.

        and what is this:

        CBS News posted the headline “3 Palestinians killed as daily violence grinds on,” omitting that the three Palestinians were killed by Israeli security forces during an attempted attack on Israelis. The headline was later changed, but not before it caught ire from Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which lambasted the news outlet for “unprecedented chutzpah, a slanted and false headline.”

        israel killing palestinians is the right headline, because they did. israeli allegations and excuses for why they did it is not the primary news. the headline is neither “unprecedented chutzpah” slanted or false. the facts is what you report in the headline and the fact is they killed 3 palestinians. the report is where you place the police allegations or police statements.

        and it is the TOI with the lying byline “Border policemen question William Booth outside Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate after woman reportedly offers to provoke a demonstration; government calls move ‘unnecessary’

        they should have written ‘after passerby reportedly claims a woman offers to provoke a demonstration

        there’s a big difference between a woman reportedly offering to provoke a demonstration and an anonymous passerby claiming that. and did the police get the passerby’s name? did TOI interview this alleged passserby? no, probably because no such passerby ever existed. otherwise he/she should be arrested for making a false report.

        it’s a witch hunt using a faux alleged passerby as prompting the instigation of an investigation.

      • Neil Schipper
        February 18, 2016, 7:01 am

        Booth — WaPo reporter, direct eyewitness — still has not denied that an Arab woman made an offer.

        (International news reporting: competitive industry. Reliable eyewitness accounts that can clarify murky events, cut through government spin, are “gold”.)

        Instead he gets non-eyewitness Eglash to speak on his behalf: they want to “put the incident behind them and move on”. Pretty sheepish. Comes across like spin.

        Eagle-eyed Ms. Robbins understands what this strongly implies.

        And countermeasures are called for.

        Weave a conspiracy narrative around some of the facts, assert that it’s true:

        it’s a witch hunt using a faux alleged passerby as prompting the instigation of an investigation

        Now there’s some homecooked Mondoweiss excellence.

        It would be eksellenter, mind, if there were a reliable eyewitness.. and maybe one will emerge. Maybe he’s waiting for his broken bones to heal. Maybe he’s waiting to escape out of that hellhole. Then he’ll be free to tell what he saw and heard.

        israel killing palestinians is the right headline, because they did

        Don’t you think People kill some other people, in a place does an even better job in providing readers with a concise description of what happened?

  6. broadside
    February 16, 2016, 2:00 pm

    Good article, but may I be allowed to make one small correction, please?

    The word “nonplussed” is to my knowledge the most misused word in the English language, perhaps because the non- isn’t a prefix (I don’t think) and it goes before that double “s,” which is usually with words like fussy or hissy fit, etc. But the word doesn’t mean “ho-hum” or the like, interestingly it means just the opposite. To be left dismayed by something. In fact, Alexander Cockburn of CounterPunch fame is one of the very few I’ve seen use it correctly, we actually exchanged a couple of emails on it.

    These distinctions and other points of fact can be found in my wonderful novel Malvern, available at malvernthenovel.com.

    Thank you.

    • Mooser
      February 16, 2016, 3:04 pm

      There’s a very simple way to remember the meaning of non-plussed. You are non-plussed if you haven’t got the extra four inches on your shorts, which makes them plus-fours.

      • broadside
        February 17, 2016, 12:15 pm

        Thank you all for your comments.

        G. Seaton: point taken.

        Sibiriak: kind of like flammable and inflammable? Or how “all downhill from there” can mean either things went smoothly, or turned to sh–? I have not seen that alternate definition. But it could very well be a case of so many people misusing the word, they just figured, what the hell. There’s an American word that’s happened to — probably many — the one I’m thinking of in particular escapes me. But chutzpah is a word whose meaning, or usage, has changed drastically over recent years, for the worse. There used to be nothing admirable about having chutzpah; it was utter gall. Now, more often than not, it is used as if there is. (That some dictionaries now define “anti-semitism” as criticism of Israel is a different kettle of fish. That’s not usage; that’s political. And cowardice.)

        jd65: the reporters are shown leaning against the wall, which suggests “ho-hum,” not: what the hell??

        And you want to see real name-dropping, read the book. (Or have you spent the evening w Jackie Onasis?)

        Mooser: well, I could have made a comment on that, but that really would have been selling myself.

      • Mooser
        February 17, 2016, 5:46 pm

        “read the book”

        Wishing you the best for your book, “Malvern”! May it be much-read, as you felt it must be written.

    • G. Seauton
      February 16, 2016, 7:12 pm

      I hate to quibble, but actually, Webster’s defines “nonplussed” as “so surprised or confused as to be at a loss as to what to say, think, or do”; the verb “nonplus” is given as a synonym of “puzzle” and “perplex.” Chambers online defines the verb “nonplus” as “to puzzle; to disconcert.” The Oxford English Dictionary defines “nonplussed” as “brought to a nonplus, or standstill; at a nonplus; perplexed, embarrassed.” One of the examples that the OED gives is “She swept from the room, leaving the nonplussed artist to puzzle over the cause of her … behavior.” Nothing in these definitions would suggest “to be left dismayed by something”; “dismayed” is more like “utterly dispirited”: the OED defines the word “dismayedness” as a state of “utter dispiritedness.”

      • Sibiriak
        February 17, 2016, 12:40 am

        Google gives a second meaning for “nonplussed”:

        2. North American informal (of a person)

        not disconcerted; unperturbed

    • jd65
      February 16, 2016, 7:39 pm

      Hey Broadside:

      Good article, but may I be allowed to make one small correction, please?

      The word “nonplussed” is to my knowledge the most misused word in the English language…

      I don’t think Allison misused the word here (unless something was edited before I read it). But thank you so much for name dropping Cockburn and randomly marketing your book here…

  7. Maximus Decimus Meridius
    February 16, 2016, 2:32 pm

    Let’s see if there’ll be the same fuss over this man as there was over the Washington Post journalist detained in Iran.

    • K Renner
      February 16, 2016, 3:26 pm

      Expect the same people who wanted to go to war with Iran over Jason R. to try and down-play this instance as much as possible and start tossing accusations of “anti-Semitism” at anyone who brings it up.

    • Neil Schipper
      February 16, 2016, 4:21 pm

      Should 500 days vs. half an hour warrant the “same fuss”?

      I will not rush to accuse you lying troskyites of considering these on par, in your effort to squeeze a few drops of hate juice out of this damp rag of a non-event.

      Rather, I expect you to argue that it was generous and gracious of the proud and deeply indigenous, anti-imperial persians to require anything less than a thousand days to vet their wapo reporter.

      The radleft ideologues again loudly demonstrate their racism, this time by implying that “brown people” can’t be expected to respect press freedom more than 1/8000 as much as zio-ashkenazim.

      • Mooser
        February 16, 2016, 6:01 pm

        “I will not rush to accuse you lying troskyites

        “You lying trotsktyites?” Dude, how old are you? So I can assume you are saving, say “brutal Stalinists” for when you get really mad.

        Oy Gevalt these Jewish McArthyists! Must belong to the John Birchowitz Society.

        “The radleft ideologues”

        Okay, there’s no doubt. Schipper is shikker! One more and he will report Mondo to the HUAC!

  8. xanadou
    February 16, 2016, 3:27 pm

    “Freedom of the press is a supreme value in the Israeli democracy.”
    Freedom… supreme value… democracy…. Israel…
    Bwa-ha-ha! and an oy vey with a face-palm.

    That the dim-oh-crass-y needs to stoop so low seems to suggest that it may have registered that the clock is no longer on its side, but the old arrogance has not a clue how to exit the stage.
    Feigning ignorance by the self-appointed smartest arbiters of intelligence fools no one. Someone needs to tell them that most of the public had left before the show ended, unimpressed with the painfully grotesque wanna-be world class players. How much longer before the terrible reviews will hit the printing presses, though?

  9. MHughes976
    February 16, 2016, 3:49 pm

    Nerves are obviously on edge. Getting western countries to pass laws ‘discouraging’ or outright stopping certain manifestations of BDS may not be as reassuring as was hoped. You wouldn’t need all that apparatus, would you, unless there was something significant to control?

    • Shmuel
      February 16, 2016, 4:05 pm

      You wouldn’t need all that apparatus, would you, unless there was something significant to control?

      The war on BDS is part of the greater war for sympathy, perception and alignment. The view that Israel is “the good guy” and a natural ally above all others is a supreme strategic asset. In and of itself, BDS may not amount to much, but anything that questions Israel’s privileged status and perceived moral superiority is dangerous.

      In a way, I think it’s also just a reaction (possibly an over-reaction) to the focus of pro-Palestinian activism. If that’s what they’re focusing on, that’s what AIPAC, ADL, Hillel International etc. will focus on. It’s the current “battleground”.

      • Keith
        February 16, 2016, 6:23 pm

        SHMUEL- “The war on BDS is part of the greater war for sympathy, perception and alignment.”

        Bingo! In current military/social control thinking, the information/perception battle space is considered a critically important component of soft power which interacts synergistically with hard power to provide full spectrum dominance.

  10. Dutch
    February 16, 2016, 4:04 pm

    [Omar-Man said his organization will now observe the military censor, and he will not be able to disclose when and what articles have been redacted.]

    Very, very disappointing. He should do the opposite. The guy is a journalist, right?

  11. JLewisDickerson
    February 16, 2016, 5:49 pm

    RE: “Booth’s detention comes at a time of tense words from the Israeli government aimed at the foreign press corps in Israel, and increased governmental scrutiny of Israeli journalists.” ~ Allison Deger

    MY COMMENT: It’s all going ‘according to (Netanyahu’s) plan’!*

    * SEE: “Who Will Save Israel” | by Uri Avnery | zope.gush-shalom.org | May 23, 2015

    [EXCERPTS] THE BATTLE is over. The dust has settled. A new government – partly ridiculous, partly terrifying – has been installed. . .
    . . . Now the situation inside Israel proper is about to change drastically.
    Two facts attest to this.
    First of all, Ayelet Shaked has been appointed Minister of Justice.
    One of the most extreme right-wing Israelis, she has not made a secret of the fact that she wants to destroy the independence of the Supreme Court, the last bastion of human rights. . .
    . . . PERHAPS WORSE is Netanyahu’s decision to retain for himself the Ministry of Communication.
    This ministry has always been disdained as a low-level office, reserved for political lightweights. Netanyahu’s dogged insistence on retaining it for himself is ominous.
    The communication Ministry controls all TV stations, and indirectly newspapers and other media. Since all Israeli media are in very bad shape financially, this control may become deadly.
    Netanyahu’s patron – some say owner – Sheldon Adelson, the would-be dictator of the US Republican party, already publishes a give-away newspaper in Israel, which has only one sole aim: to support Netanyahu personally against all enemies, including his competitors in his own Likud party. The paper – “Israel Hayom” (Israel Today) – is already Israel’s widest-circulation newspaper, with the American casino king pouring into it untold millions.
    Netanyahu is determined to break all opposition in the electronic and written media. Opposition commentators are well advised to look for jobs elsewhere . . .
    . . . One cannot avoid an odious analogy. One of the key terms in the Nazi lexicon was the atrocious German word Gleichschaltung – meaning connecting all media to the same energy source [SEE: Gleichschaltung @ Wikipedia – J.L.D. ]. All newspapers and radio stations (TV did not yet exist) were staffed with Nazis. Every morning, a Propaganda Ministry official by the name of Dr. Dietrich convened the editors and told them what tomorrow’s headlines, editorials etc. were to be.
    Netanyahu has already dismissed the chief of the TV department. We don’t yet know the name of our own Dr. Dietrich. . .

    ENTIRE COMMENTARY – link to zope.gush-shalom.org

  12. Rusty Pipes
    February 16, 2016, 6:25 pm

    Since all MSM Journalists operating in Israel are obliged to sign the pledge, all of their articles should be accompanied by a disclaimer in the by-line. I look forward to seeing something like this daily in WaPo and the NYT: “All journalists credentialed by Israel’s Government Press Office are required to sign a statement agreeing to the military censor. Foreign press generally are told to make corrections after the time of publication.” I’m sure this will help readers understand the freedom under which their press operates.

  13. Nevada Ned
    February 16, 2016, 7:11 pm

    In the interest of full disclosure, the NYT ought to print a list of its journalists having children in the Israeli military, now or in the past. The NYT ought to print this list once a month.

  14. JLewisDickerson
    February 16, 2016, 11:01 pm

    RE: “We regret if any distress was caused to those who were detained. The police are aware of the need for sensitivity and officers are instructed to allow journalists to do their work including in centers of friction that are especially sensitive due to the security situation, with emphasis on the public peace and the security of the journalists themselves while honoring and realizing the important value of freedom of the press.” ~ The Israeli Police (third statement on the case)

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  15. Qualtrough
    February 17, 2016, 12:54 am

    It was a wonderful way to start my day seeing “Neil Schipper” totally humiliated with facts. His doubling down in the face of that brought another smile to my face. The Trotskyists charge was the cherry on top. Thank you Mr. Schipper!

    At one time I used to wonder to myself if there was any point in arguing with die-hard Zionists since they are extremely unlikely to ever change their minds or admit they are wrong. It only slowly dawned on me (I am slow on the uptake sometimes) that the value is that others still on the fence can see the Zionist arguments for the counter-factual nonsense they are.

    • Mooser
      February 17, 2016, 6:30 pm

      ” can see the Zionist arguments “

      Oh, not just those Zionist ‘arguments’. The wonderful Zionist attitude is always on display.

  16. Jackdaw
    February 17, 2016, 1:06 am

    Thirty eight comments over a non-story.
    The two journalists were detained for less than thirty minutes and than released without even being questioned.

    link to washingtonpost.com
    How sad that so many have so little going on in their lives.

    • eljay
      February 17, 2016, 5:20 am

      || Jackdaw: Thirty eight comments over a non-story. ··· How sad that so many have so little going on in their lives. ||

      Says the guy who has so little going on in his life that he took the time to write a post deriding the people who wrote those 38 comments. That’s funny! :-)

      • Kay24
        February 17, 2016, 9:45 am

        Well, the Daw certainly had time to count each one, and make an inane comment too. :))

        That would have been many minutes. Heh.

      • Mooser
        February 17, 2016, 11:25 am

        ” he took the time to write a post deriding the people who wrote those 38 comments.”

        Oh, no! “Jackdaw” just reduced Mondo’s web-stats! 38 UPVs at a time!

        These guys are just amazing. They are Zionism’s future (and its past, too! ROTFLMSJAO!) and they don’t even know how the web works.

    • Mooser
      February 17, 2016, 10:39 am

      “Thirty eight comments over a non-story.”

      A Washington Post reporter in Jerusalem is accused of paying Palestinians to incite a riot or incident by Israel, and that’s not news?
      Why, if true, it is a huge story!

      ( “38 comments over a “non-story”? But don’t worry, “Jackdaw”. Your ‘bad hit’ and “NUPVs” will cancel those out.)

      • amigo
        February 17, 2016, 12:53 pm

        “Screengrab from video of Jerusalem stabbing attack in Mahne Yehuda Market by 16 and 14-year-old Palestinian teens with scissors.Courtesy
        read more: link to haaretz.com

        Gee , I wonder if yehudi 1 , 2 or 3 was in the neighbourhood when his beloved idf killers were up to their normal moral behaviour.

        You there , Yehoodeee.

  17. eljay
    February 17, 2016, 11:07 am

    William Booth, the Washington Post’s Jerusalem bureau chief, was conducting interviews by the Damascus Gate outside of the Old City’s walls in Jerusalem this afternoon when Israeli border police detained him and accused the journalist of incitement.

    A statement released by the police said officers detained Booth on suspicion that he had played a role in “disturbance of the peace” for “propaganda purposes.” Once it was determined that he had not, he was released. …

    IOF goons: Hey, you over there! We suspect and accuse you of incitement and playing a role in disturbance of the peace for propaganda purposes!

    Booth: Ummm…I heart Judaea and Samaria! All hail the Jewish State – may it last a Thousand Years! And, uhhh, Remember the Holocaust!

    IOF goons: Oh. Well, alright then. Move along.

  18. Misterioso
    February 17, 2016, 12:35 pm

    More evidence that Israel is descending ever faster into the hell hole of fascism.
    Given Zionism’s objectives and Israel’s history, it could only be thus.
    It will only get worse, much worse.

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