‘NYT’ manages to make childhood detention story work for Israel

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We often say that the New York Times is in the hasbara business, explaining away Israeli human rights abuses. And today we’ve got them redhanded. Bear with me a minute.

The Times has an article about a girl released from Israeli detention after more than two months. “Israel Frees Palestinian Girl, 12, Who Tried to Stab Guard” is the headline; and Diaa Hadid writes in the lead:

The Israeli prison service on Sunday released the youngest known Palestinian inmate, a 12-year-old girl who had tried to stab a security guard at a Jewish settlement…

While eagerly eating her first ice cream cone in months, Dima [al-Wawi] said she intended to kill the security guard on Feb. 9 but was quickly apprehended.

Wait did she try or did she intend? What’s the evidence?

The Telegraph reports she “confessed to intending to stab a Jew with a knife.” Even the Times of Israel says she was “planning” to stab:

12-year-old Palestinian girl who confessed to planning to carry out a stabbing attack was released Sunday from Israeli prison, according to Palestinian media reports.

+972 says she had a knife on her and surrendered it.

Al-Wawi was arrested 75 days earlier at the entrance to the Israeli settlement of Karmei Tzur near Hebron for being in possession of a knife. She surrendered the knife to a security guard at the entrance of the settlement and was arrested without incident.

She was sentenced to four months’ imprisonment as part of a plea deal in which she was convicted of attempted manslaughter.

The Palestine Chronicle has a similar account:

Al-Wawi was detained on Feb. 9 and sentenced in an Israeli military court on Feb. 18 for attempted voluntary manslaughter and the illegal possession of a knife, after she allegedly went to the illegal Karmei Tzur settlement with the intention of stabbing settlers.

Her detention was caught on tape and broadcast by Israeli Channel 1, where the girl is recorded admitting her intention to carry out a stabbing attack.

Something else. If you read through the Times article on Dima al-Wawi, you come to this in the eight and ninth paragraphs.

There were 422 Palestinian minors in Israeli jails in December, according to Defense of Children International-Palestine, which works to help incarcerated Palestinian minors. The group said that figure was the most recent one from Israel’s prison service.

About 100 of the minors were under 15, and most were boys, the group reported. By comparison, 195 minors were incarcerated in December 2012, the group said.

That’s certainly news today. The new report out on Israel’s practice of detaining Palestinian children without charges, from Defense for Children International. Al Jazeera has the story, by Jonathan Cook:

Rise in Palestinian children held by Israel ‘alarming’
Between 500 and 700 Palestinian children are prosecuted in Israel’s military courts each year, says rights group.

Oh and here is the lead of the Telegraph story, which manages to get both angles of today’s news. The article is titled, “Israel releases youngest prisoner, 12, but increasing number of children jailed”:

The number of Palestinian children held in Israeli prisons has soared over the past six months, including a growing number of girls, as a wave of stabbings, car-rammings and gun attacks by Palestinian militants has swept the country.

There were 438 Palestinian minors imprisoned for security-related offences in February 2016, up from 170 last September, according to Israel Prison Service figures quoted by Israeli daily Haaretz.

When’s that going to be the lead in the Times?

Thanks to Yakov Hirsch.

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  1. amigo
    April 25, 2016, 2:30 pm

    They will be taught how to lower their eyes when in the company of their betters.They will be beaten until they learn to love Israel,s Ubermenschen.

    All thoughts of ever gaining freedom will be erased , (beaten ) from their minds and their will to seek justice will be snuffed out —zio supremacist style .

    That,s Israel for you.The light unto the rest of us .

    Btw , I wonder how many of the illegal squatter,s children , ( thugs) are in prison for throwing rocks at and dumping garbage on Palestinians in Hebron.

    “Mommy, I am going out to have some fun.Is the garbage bin full.Ok Yossi , just remember to wear your gloves and make sure there are no cameras around and call me if there are.I will ask the IDF to arrest whoever it is , so you can have your fun.Bye my little darling.”

    http://www.juancole.com/2014/04/occupation-palestinian-struggle.html

  2. Ossinev
    April 25, 2016, 3:18 pm

    @amigo
    I think you are being a tad cynical and flirting with anti – semitic tropes when talking about these Jewish Settler mommas in Hebron. All they are doing is encouraging their children to recycle. Remember that the Jewish State in the Levant is not only the most democratic country in the history of civilization with the most moral army in the history of civilization it`s people are the most eco – friendly and eco – conscious in the history of civilization and they demonstrate this in Hebron on a daily basis by their totally free fertilisation gifts to the passing natives in the streets below.

    • amigo
      April 25, 2016, 4:55 pm

      Ossinev , my apologies , I am hooked on antisemite media outlets and have been amiss in visiting bastions of truth such as CAMERA and y,net news and all the other readily available sources.Look, I have made up my mind and do not want to know the facts that would muddy the water.

    • Lillian Rosengarten
      April 26, 2016, 12:43 pm

      There is no Jewish state nor is Israel a democracy. There is no room for cynicism. Hebron is a nightmare of violence against Palestinians by settlers who are hoodlums . The occupation , decades long has created hate and fear throughout the world. True anti-Semitism has been reborn. Netanyahu, a psychotic megalomaniac is in my view a war criminal. along with all complicit supporters who still wish to see Jews as victims. Israelis have been duped, brainwashed for decades as racist lies have been fed from childhood to create a violent society that has used the Holocaust to further it’s evil intentions of a purely Jewish State. This will never happen!

      • hophmi
        April 26, 2016, 12:54 pm

        “There is no Jewish state nor is Israel a democracy.”

        There is a Jewish state and Israel is a democracy.

        I can’t stand Hebron, but it’s always amazing to me that people who oppose a Jewish state because of the Naqba oppose the presence of Jews in Hebron, a place where they were the victims of a massacre in 1929, and from where they subsequently had to flee.

        “Netanyahu, [insert names here]”

        Maybe instead of name-calling, you should come up with a plan. You’re not a big fan of Netanyahu, we get it.

        “Israelis have been duped, brainwashed for decades as racist lies have been fed from childhood to create a violent society that has used the Holocaust to further it’s evil intentions of a purely Jewish State”

        Or maybe they have experienced a generation of terrorism that has caused them to question whether it’s possible for them to live in harmony with their neighbors. Israel isn’t a violent society. Please. Look everywhere else in the Middle East if you want to see what a violent society looks like. Look at the United States. We have a much greater murder rate here. We incarcerate a lot more people.

        What is this “purely Jewish state” that you’re talking about? Today, Arabs make up a sizable portion of the students in institutions of higher education and the number is rising. No one is throwing non-Jews out of Israel. Relax.

      • Annie Robbins
        April 26, 2016, 1:06 pm

        it’s always amazing to me that people who oppose a Jewish state …. oppose the presence of Jews in Hebron, a place where they were the victims of a massacre in 1929 …. Israel isn’t a violent society.

        hops, you are really taxing our imaginations. violent jewish extremists set up a fortress in hebron and the zionist regime surrounded them with thousands of soldiers and made apartheid streets blocking stores and entrances and checkpoints. so please, don’t yammer on about jewish victimhood because of a massacre in 1929 to justify executions in the streets today and mobs screaming death to arabs to defending executioners and then tell us israel is not a violent society. occupation is inherently violent, and you know that. everyone knows that. don’t whitewash what is going on. the extremists worship a man who slaughtered praying worshipers — and for this the zionist regime punishes the people of hebron. and you’re “amazed” the jewish extremists in hebron are not welcome?

        your mind is in fairyland.

      • eljay
        April 26, 2016, 1:04 pm

        || hophmi: There is a Jewish state … ||

        There is a state called Israel which operates as a religion-supremacist “Jewish State”, yes.

        || … and Israel is a democracy. … ||

        It is also an oppressive, intransigent, belligerent and religion-supremacist state that, among other things, occupies and colonizes territory outside of its / Partition borders.

        || … it’s always amazing to me that eople who oppose a Jewish state because of the Naqba … ||

        I oppose the existence of Israel as a religion-supremacist “Jewish State” because no state has a right to exist as a supremacist state of any kind.

        || … oppose the presence of Jews in Hebron … ||

        Palestinian Jews should have every right to live in Palestine. Israelis – Jewish or non-Jewish – have no right to occupy and colonize Palestine. People are right to oppose the colonization of Palestine by Israelis.

      • Shmuel
        April 26, 2016, 1:09 pm

        I can’t stand Hebron

        Do you think you could elaborate a little? Thanks.

      • Sibiriak
        April 26, 2016, 1:55 pm

        Annie Robbins: hops, you are really taxing our imaginations. violent jewish extremists set up a fortress in hebron and the zionist regime surrounded them with thousands of soldiers and made apartheid streets blocking stores and entrances and checkpoints.
        —————-

        This picture symbolizes for me the evil that is going on in Hebron:

        http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2009/09/13/world/20090913SETTLERS_6.html

        For some reason, its very very emotional, I think that woman could be my mother…I want to defend her…

      • Annie Robbins
        April 26, 2016, 2:34 pm

        yes Sibiriak, it is very emotional.

      • Sibiriak
        April 26, 2016, 2:15 pm

        hophmi: …it’s always amazing to me that people who oppose a Jewish state because of the Naqba oppose the presence of Jews in Hebron [emphasis added]
        ————–

        It’s not the mere presence of Jews in Hebron that arouses opposition; it’s the despicable actions of a group of racist settlers.

        You know that, of course, but you have to falsify things in order to conjure up the specter of anti-Semitism.

      • talknic
        April 26, 2016, 8:19 pm

        @ hophmi “There is a Jewish state and Israel is a democracy”

        A) A state that covets other folks property, steals other folks property and murders to do it, supported by liars and false accusers is NOT a Jewish state, it’s an abomiNation

        B) There’s nothing about democracy in the Declaration of statehood. In fact it says ISRAEL … will ” be based on freedom, justice and peace as envisaged by the prophets of Israel;”

        C) There has never been a legally elected government in Israel under the impossible to write, but promised and legally necessary constitution.

        “… it’s always amazing to me that people who oppose a Jewish state because of the Naqba oppose the presence of Jews in Hebron”

        It’s Israelis who have no legal place in non-Israeli territory “outside the State of Israel” … “in Palestine” held under Israeli occupation

        ” a place where they were the victims of a massacre in 1929, and from where they subsequently had to flee”

        Go moan to the Zionist Movement, Jewish Agency and Jewish People’s Council for proclaiming Israel’s borders effective 00:01 May 15th 1948 (ME time) http://www.trumanlibrary.org/whistlestop/study_collections/israel/large/documents/newPDF/49.pdf

        “Maybe instead of name-calling, you should come up with a plan”

        Israel can f*ck off out of all non-Israeli territories for once instead of breaking the basic tenets of Judaism, International Law, the UN Charter and numerous UNSC resolutions reaffirming and emphasizing binding law

        “Or maybe they have experienced a generation of terrorism that has caused them to question whether it’s possible for them to live in harmony with their neighbors:”

        How true, pre-state Jewish terrorists did slaughter Jews who got in the way …

        ” Israel isn’t a violent society”

        Tell that to the illegal settlers and IDF goons who slaughter non-Jews in disproportionate numbers in order to steal non-Israeli territory coveted by the Zionist Colonization project

        ” Please. Look everywhere else in the Middle East if you want to see what a violent society looks like. Look at the United States. We have a much greater murder rate here. We incarcerate a lot more people.”

        Whataboutery 101. How pathetic. If other places weren’t so violent, Israel would suddenly adhere to International Law? Is that the point your trying to make? Amazing!!! Or maybe it’s if folk look at all the other rapists and murderers, your favourite rapist and murderer won’t appear to be so bad, despite still being a rapist and murderer.

        “No one is throwing non-Jews out of Israel.”

        Israeli propaganda is U

      • Mooser
        April 26, 2016, 11:18 pm

        I’ve always been amazed, never could understand how Jews, considering our history, could get so enamored of the word “state”.
        Oh well.

      • WH
        April 27, 2016, 12:28 pm

        ‘Israel isn’t a violent society. Please. Look everywhere else in the Middle East if you want to see what a violent society looks like.’

        What one will see in many cases is a violent regime oppressing a mostly non-violent population. In Israel, on the other hand, many people have democratically chosen racism and violence – though state-enforced military service certainly helps.

        ‘Look at the United States. We have a much greater murder rate here.’

        I assume you’re not counting the many Palestinians murdered by occupation forces.

  3. a blah chick
    April 25, 2016, 5:43 pm

    “12-year-old girl who had tried to stab a security guard at a Jewish settlement”

    I can’t recall where I saw it but someone suggested that some of these kids are carrying knives for protection FROM settlers and their security guards. A lot of these children have to walk to school passed settlements whose inhabitants often try to kidnap them or attack them. I’d carry a knife too.

    • JWalters
      April 25, 2016, 7:11 pm

      Good point. A self-defense part could easily have been overlooked by the Israeli soldiers and media.

      • Marnie
        April 26, 2016, 1:20 am

        The idea of Palestinian self-defense and protection doesn’t work here. How would that look? It would be a PR nachtmare for the zionist state; why in the world would any Palestinian feel compelled to have a knife for protection? Who in the world would be harming them, after all, they are free to live as they please (providing they are of the correct ethnoreligious background)? Izreal is a democrazy dammit! An in any decent democrazia, the folks with the more advanced weapons decides what’s what.

      • El Cazador
        April 26, 2016, 8:48 am

        And why would the Israeli moral soldiers and truthfulllll media have overlooked the self-defense need of the Palestinian children, boys and girls? Do not answer. I think I know why. There would be no story telling the world that the illegal-stealing zionist settlers’ thug children keep attacking Palestinian children, just like their daddies and mommies do… Nice people, the chosen few. And I’m not anti-Semite, but antizionist. The Palestinians and other Arabs are also Semite, a fact the zionists don’t want you to know or remember…

  4. hophmi
    April 26, 2016, 7:22 am

    Diaa Hadid must be a Zionist. Lol.

    • eljay
      April 26, 2016, 9:32 am

      || hophmi: Diaa Hadid must be a Zionist. Lol. ||

      If she…
      – advocates, justifies and/or defends Jewish supremacism in/and a religion-supremacist “Jewish State” in as much as possible of Palestine; and
      – believes that Jews are entitled to do unto others acts of injustice and immorality they would not have others do unto them,
      …yes, she’s a Zio-supremacist just like you. Lol.

  5. Ossinev
    April 26, 2016, 1:04 pm

    @amigo
    Speaking of muddying the water do you know if there is any truth in the rumour that JSIL has developed miniaturized domestic “skunk water ” cannon kits for free distribution to the OT “settlers” with the first batch being delivered soon to the terrified besieged Jewish population in Hebron. Apparently it comes with a comprehensive manual with an extensive section on preventing “friendly torrent incidents “.

    As for visiting the esteemed JSILi news sites I continue to indulge myself. With the obvious exception of Haaretz I am way past the sick bucket near at hand stage and I am well into the pissing myself laughing phase. These morons actually believe what they are saying just like the good old Herrenvolk in you know where did in the 1930`s and 1940`s.

    Oh shit I have just realized that I have been flirting with anti – semitic stereotypes. I`ll get my coat.

    Meanwhile KUTGW

    • amigo
      April 26, 2016, 2:07 pm

      “Speaking of muddying the water do you know if there is any truth in the rumour that JSIL has developed miniaturized domestic “skunk water ” cannon kits for free distribution to the OT “settlers” , “.Ossinev

      Those are actually miniature bottles of golan (occupied Syrian Heights) wine , way past it,s sell by date , that leaves a sour taste in the consumers mouth that lasts for a long time.I think they call it gut rot .When BDS is done with the so called Golan Heights wine producers , there will be lot,s of this to send to those Hebron squatters who will be all the easier to “sniff ” out.

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