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‘NYT’ buries Amnesty International call to suspend arms to Israel in 5th paragraph, page A9

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Your average conscientious citizen sits down to read The New York Times today and, leafing through the first section, arrives at page 9 and a short article titled, “Palestinian Found Dead After Standoff With Israelis.”

The reader glances at the first paragraph or two, which rely on the Israeli military as the source.

A Palestinian man was found dead in his home in the West Bank town of Bir Zeit on Thursday after a standoff with Israeli forces that had come to arrest him, according to the Israeli military.

The military said in a statement that the man, identified as Mutaz Washaha, 25, was “suspected of terror activity,” without elaborating.

Maybe the conscientious reader makes it to the third paragraph, quoting the other side– “The Palestinian Authority government condemned the killing, calling it an assassination–” and shrugs, a little depressed, reflects, and turns the page.

If our reader had continued, in the fourth paragraph he or she would have found the real news:

The killing came as Amnesty International published a report on Thursday accusing Israeli forces of being “trigger happy” and using excessive force in the West Bank. The human rights organization said it had documented the killings of 22 Palestinian civilians in the West Bank in 2013, a sharp rise from the previous two years.

Let alone to the end of the fifth paragraph, in which the Times buried this nugget:

[Amnesty International] called on world powers to suspend all transfers of munitions, weapons and other equipment to Israel.

Can anyone blame your average conscientious citizen for being misinformed about the reality in Israel and Palestine?

Or maybe the Times should modify its famous slogan: “All the News That’s Fit to Hide.”

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  1. JeffB
    JeffB
    February 28, 2014, 12:20 pm

    The latest release from Amnesty International is about how Nigeria is being too rough on civilians with loose associations with Boko Haram. Nigeria is a larger country than Israel. Where did this press release appear in today’s New York Times? I just don’t see it on the front page?

    One thing Israel doesn’t suffer from is lack of coverage. It is like an obsession of our media.

    • Kathleen
      Kathleen
      February 28, 2014, 2:59 pm

      “One thing Israel doesn’t suffer from is lack of coverage. It is like an obsession of our media.”
      Totally false

    • Shingo
      Shingo
      March 1, 2014, 7:18 am

      Where did this press release appear in today’s New York Times? I just don’t see it on the front page?

      Where is the 3 billion in annual arms from the US being sent to Nigeria ? I just don’t see it anywhere.

  2. hophmi
    hophmi
    February 28, 2014, 12:22 pm

    LOL. CAMERA has nothing on you guys for finding bias where it does not exist.

    • Krauss
      Krauss
      February 28, 2014, 1:31 pm

      Hophmi, you are a walking definition of a delusional person.

      Delusional denial may feel like a psychologically safe mechanism in the face of just how radically the debate has shifted, yet don’t let that stop you from trying! It’s amusing to watch a lost man in complete self-denial.

      Keep going!

      • Citizen
        Citizen
        March 3, 2014, 2:57 pm

        @ Krauss
        Your notion of “self-denial” assumes the one attributed to such an affliction ever cares about truth in the first place. Many folks live their whole lives without any self-imposed energy to pursue truth wherever it leads, most especially if they wish to justify their own worst tendencies.

    • hophmi
      hophmi
      February 28, 2014, 3:08 pm

      “Hophmi, you are a walking definition of a delusional person.”

      Uh-huh.

      “Delusional denial may feel like a psychologically safe mechanism in the face of just how radically the debate has shifted, yet don’t let that stop you from trying! It’s amusing to watch a lost man in complete self-denial.”

      It’s amusing that this is your response. Same as I said to Amigo, nice try. Yawn.

      • Citizen
        Citizen
        March 3, 2014, 2:59 pm

        It’s axiomatic that those in delusional denial don’t recognize it.

  3. Balfour
    Balfour
    February 28, 2014, 12:52 pm

    The Times may boast they provide “all the news that fit to print”, yet the Times also reserves the right to officially determine “how fit” the news agrees with its understanding of American priorities. The fact that Amnesty Intl. believes the primary beneficiary of U.S. economic, military and diplomatic assistance is possibly guilty of committing war crimes against Palestinian demonstrators just isn’t that important a matter for the American public to be concerned with, according to the Times sensibilities, and therefore is a story that deserves to be buried.

  4. Krusty
    Krusty
    February 28, 2014, 12:58 pm

    “Or maybe the Times should modify its famous slogan: “All the News That’s Fit to Hide.””

    I find this logic immensely frustrating. If the NY Times was trying to hide something, *they wouldn’t run the story.*

    Giving it space in the physical paper is an acknowledgement. That it’s not front page, above the fold is because the Times’ editorial doesn’t think it’s very big news. If this does become major news, or the Times decides it’s more important than initially considered, they’ll give it more space.

  5. James North
    James North
    February 28, 2014, 1:01 pm

    Three of the first four comments suggest Hasbara Central is worried about this post.

    • annie
      annie
      February 28, 2014, 1:13 pm

      james, had they run this photo http://cdn.timesofisrael.com/uploads/2014/02/000_Nic63018601-e1393506264631-635×357.jpg of the attempted arrest and killing the very same day the report came out (what a coincidence/not/ because everyday this stuff happens there) clearly demonstrating the ‘trigger happy attributes’ of the iof who act with impunity, the two stories could have merged seamlessly. but they didn’t. you’re right, they buried it.

      and speaking of Hasbara Central being worried about this post. i always find it amusing when posters who do not leave us alone, demonstrating their own obsessive qualities, accuse the media of being obsessed. obviously if there was nothing for them to worry about, they wouldn’t waste their time here.

    • Ira Glunts
      Ira Glunts
      March 1, 2014, 6:39 am

      James,

      In the sixties we used to say the Times slogan was, “All the news that fits, print it.”

      • Citizen
        Citizen
        March 3, 2014, 3:04 pm

        @ IRA
        WE ALSO USE TO SAY, “ALL THE NEWS THAT’S FIT FOR YOUSE.”

  6. amigo
    amigo
    February 28, 2014, 1:09 pm

    “Three of the first four comments suggest Hasbara Central is worried about this post.James North.

    Yep, The Mehanes and the Oleg,s will be along soon to add to the “What aboutery Fest”.

  7. Kathleen
    Kathleen
    February 28, 2014, 1:17 pm

    NYBloodyTimes burying stories or reports that validate questions about Israel’s actions or invading Iraq based on false intelligence etc. No surprise there. Will never forget when head of the IAEA El Baradei came out and said the Niger Documents were forgeries and bad ones at that. This was in early March of 2003 weeks before the invasion. Can’t remember what page NYBTimes buried that story but pretty far back. Think if I am recalling correctly 9a or somewhere close. Judy “I was fucking right” Miller’s bogus stories about Iraq got front page…but not the head of the IAEA.

    • seafoid
      seafoid
      February 28, 2014, 2:21 pm

      Judy never admitted she was fucking wrong

      At least Bush had the class to

      • Kathleen
        Kathleen
        February 28, 2014, 3:09 pm

        meant to write Judy “I was fucking right” Miller. Had my 2 year old Grand kid in my arms. A little distracted

      • seafoid
        seafoid
        February 28, 2014, 3:39 pm

        Very cool grandmothering, Kathleen. The child will probably grow to maturity in a world where Zionism is history.

      • Kathleen
        Kathleen
        March 1, 2014, 2:57 am

        And to think and know that most grand parents, parents, Jewish, Arab etc want their little ones to live in safe, loving environments. A common denominator.

      • Bumblebye
        Bumblebye
        February 28, 2014, 5:22 pm

        My first of those is just a little sonagram at the moment. 12weeks and 6cm!

      • just
        just
        February 28, 2014, 5:54 pm

        Yay for cool grandmas and grandpas, moms and dads everywhere who teach their children well! They deserve you, as does humanity.

      • Kathleen
        Kathleen
        February 28, 2014, 6:53 pm

        I told all three of my daughters (36,34,26) that I was fine with no grandchildren, that my life was perfectly full and deeply satisfying. Did not want to be part of any mental equation that they go through with their partners/husbands.

        Now that the first one is here…delightful of course. Human development is so fascinating. We generally are what we are taught. Plus that little spirit in there so innocent and open and oh yeah the genetic component. They help us count our blessings and reflect on our own behavior. Have to watch out for “what the hell and f–k” not such a good thing for little tykes to hear.

      • just
        just
        February 28, 2014, 7:15 pm

        Just one little other tribute to teaching and learning.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdKu5T9zM6I

        (I still love his music, his art, his questions.)

      • Bumblebye
        Bumblebye
        February 28, 2014, 9:56 pm

        I love baby sense of humor (usually absurdity!) and baby ‘logic’, was privileged to spend a great deal of time with my sister’s two when they were tiny so I’ve got some practice in tickling their funny bones! Niece at 11months was setting up a toy time after time that pinged up to pop me in the face – I was pointed out the door while she did so – but of course, peeked to see her unable to suppress a big smile of anticipation (of her own amusement) as she painstakingly set it up! So many funny and delightful memories of her and her brother when small. She turned 18 in Jan.

  8. seafoid
    seafoid
    February 28, 2014, 2:27 pm

    The NYT can bury the text but very few Americans believe in Israel.
    Even amongst US Jews, only 39% are “strongly emotionally attached” to the psychopath. Take out the Orthodox and the Haredi and the plutocrats and it’s less than 20% who swallow the Kool Aid.

    The NYT will be there in the bunker right until the end but it won’t matter by then.

    • JeffB
      JeffB
      February 28, 2014, 4:36 pm

      @seafold

      You are getting the statistic wrong. 39% were somewhat attached. An additional 30% were strongly attached. Anyway the USA public broadly breaks about 60/10 pro-Israel/pro-Palestinian.

      • seafoid
        seafoid
        February 28, 2014, 4:51 pm

        JeffB

        I guess you didn’t go to university.
        30% strongly attached is even worse than 39%

        Take out the Orthodox and it’s prolly less than 15%

      • just
        just
        February 28, 2014, 5:00 pm

        Hasbara University with a double major in delusion and denial.

        It’s a badge of honor among some– they wear helmets and camouflage upon graduation.

      • Shegetz
        Shegetz
        February 28, 2014, 5:32 pm

        seafoid, you should let them take great comfort in their poll numbers.

        Much like the people that threw in their support for Netanyahu and Romney because of their projected landslide wins.

        After all, precise modern polling worked out so well for them – what could possibly go wrong?

      • seafoid
        seafoid
        February 28, 2014, 10:34 pm

        They are lashed to the Republicans anyway and it’s not clear the Republicans are coherent any more

        http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/da967edc-9f95-11e3-b6c7-00144feab7de.html

        “However, Senate Republicans are trying to force the issue anyway. Mitch McConnell, the minority leader, introduced the sanctions bill this week as an amendment to another bill about healthcare benefits for veterans. Given the strong support for the sanctions bill among their caucus, Republicans might be able to filibuster the military bill if their amendment is rejected.
        The downside for Aipac is that this tactic could further turn the Iran sanctions issue into a partisan political fight, exactly what the group has always tried to avoid as it has worked successfully to sustain Congressional support for Israel.”

    • Krusty
      Krusty
      February 28, 2014, 5:49 pm

      Quoting Pew (2013) here: http://www.pewforum.org/2013/10/01/chapter-5-connection-with-and-attitudes-towards-israel/

      “About seven-in-ten American Jews (69%) say they are emotionally very attached (30%) or somewhat attached (39%) to Israel. These findings closely resemble results from the last National Jewish Population Survey, conducted in 2000-2001. In that survey, roughly seven-in-ten Jews said they felt very (32%) or somewhat (37%) emotionally attached to Israel.”

      With regard to US opinion of Israel: 64% of Americans view Israel favorably in the Israel/Palestine conflict, and fully 75% of Americans believe Israel is at least a friend to the United States: http://www.gallup.com/poll/1639/middle-east.aspx

      (This took about 2 minutes.)

      • Citizen
        Citizen
        March 3, 2014, 3:25 pm

        Can we get A poll of US grunts about protecting Israel? I realize they are not very educated, and pressed by AIPAC propaganda, but still……

  9. Shuki
    Shuki
    February 28, 2014, 7:18 pm

    Perhaps it’s buried in the back of the paper because AI is a joke of a human rights group and most people don’t care what they have to say?

    • seafoid
      seafoid
      March 1, 2014, 12:30 am

      Shuki

      Amnesty International could have helped in 1936.
      Don’t diss them just because you have the IDF.
      You won’t always.

      • Shuki
        Shuki
        March 1, 2014, 3:10 am

        Lots of proverbial AIs could have helped in 1936, but didn’t. That is why we have, and will always have, the IDF. Palestinian propaganda 101: compare the purported mistreatment of Palestinians to the holocaust. For someone so dedicated to his bigoted cowardice, you should really find some other tactic.

      • seafoid
        seafoid
        March 1, 2014, 3:12 pm

        Shuki

        International law is a better bet long term than the IDF.
        Whatcha gonna do when the IDF loses its first war ? Have an Auschwitz flyover?
        The Geneva Conventions are very important too. Especially for Jews.

      • JeffB
        JeffB
        March 2, 2014, 12:16 pm

        @seafold —

        Whatcha gonna do when the IDF loses its first war ?

        Other countries lose wars. What Israel is going to do is during the war surrender something of value and trade it off. Not all wars are wars of annihilation. If they lose a war of annihilation then at least Judaism had a good death. They rack up a sky high body count and go into the pages of history having gone out with their boots on. Which is far better then having died in the holocaust, then froze to death in the displacement camps, and then continued to just melt away in the rest of the planet.

        International law did very little for the Jews. Since the founding of Israel it has mainly been a PIA.

      • JeffB
        JeffB
        March 2, 2014, 12:17 pm

        @seafold

        What could AI have done in 1936? There were plenty of human rights groups whining about the treatment of Jews in Eastern Europe. Just like there had been for two centuries. Didn’t make any difference at all.

        Shuki is right.

      • Citizen
        Citizen
        March 3, 2014, 3:32 pm

        Love to see your Jewish racist troops fight a real battle agains a foe that is not exceedingly weak, both in PR and military; the USA should stay out of it, and let the chips fall where they may–the exact contrary of the current political situation, a situation US goys need to change for the betterment of the world as a whole.

    • Talkback
      Talkback
      March 1, 2014, 4:32 am

      Shuki prefers to live in denial.

    • Shingo
      Shingo
      March 1, 2014, 7:21 am

      Come on Shuki,

      For you Israeli propagandists, all human rights groups are a joke.

      • seafoid
        seafoid
        March 1, 2014, 3:13 pm

        Shingo

        For them all human rights are a joke.
        Very sad, ya’ni.

  10. just
    just
    February 28, 2014, 8:09 pm

    The other tidbit– older and wiser:

    evolution.

  11. just
    just
    February 28, 2014, 8:30 pm

    dammit, this is the video! Anyway, this is evolution and humanity, and pain.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXwR0JGUCFI

    My hope, anyway.

    • seafoid
      seafoid
      February 28, 2014, 10:42 pm

      Here he is singing at Mohamed Yunus’ Nobel shindig

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLG91tOLPdQ

      I like the Bengalis. Very decent people.

      • just
        just
        February 28, 2014, 11:28 pm

        Tusind tak, seafoid.

        His words & music always takes me forward, full of hope for peace, working toward justice.

      • seafoid
        seafoid
        February 28, 2014, 11:56 pm

        I just listened to Father and son. My son and my wife were doing some prep for an exam yesterday. He didn’t understand. He got frustrated.. take your time, think a lot, think of everything you’ve got.

        That is a fabulous song.

      • Shuki
        Shuki
        March 1, 2014, 3:16 am

        Real shocking that your a big fan of a guy who was denied entry into the US because of his ties to terrorist organization.

      • Pamela Olson
        Pamela Olson
        March 1, 2014, 10:08 am

        “Real shocking that your a big fan of a guy who was denied entry into the US because of his ties to terrorist organization.”

        Oh man, that’s some funny stuff right there. Thanks for the Saturday morning cartoon, Shuki. :)

      • talknic
        talknic
        March 1, 2014, 6:48 pm

        @ Shuki ” a guy who was denied entry into the US because of his ties to terrorist organization”

        He was? Any evidence other than unproven accusations?

  12. just
    just
    March 1, 2014, 4:55 pm

    Rohani’s words ring so very true:

    “Iran’s president says the Islamic Republic rejects the manufacture of nuclear weapons out of principle, not because it is prevented so by treaties.

    Hassan Rohani also said that, had Iran wanted weapons of mass destruction, it would be easier for it to make chemical or biological weapons. He made the comments Saturday while addressing Iran’s defense ministry officials.

    Rohani said that Iran’s “beliefs” and commitment to “ethical principles” prevent it from making a bomb.

    Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has already issued a religious decree banning the production and use of nuclear weapons. He says having such arms is a sin.

    The United States and its allies fear that Iran seeks to develop the ability to make a nuclear weapon, should it want one. Iran denies the charge. ”

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/1.577177

    • just
      just
      March 1, 2014, 5:15 pm

      Another from Rohani:

      “Iranian President Hassan Rohani urged Iran’s military leaders on Saturday to let diplomacy prevail in dealing with potential foreign threats, in a clear reference to efforts to end the nuclear dispute and decades of hostile relations with the West.

      “It is very important to formulate one’s sentences and speeches in a way that is not construed as threat, intention to strike a blow,” Rohani said in a meeting with Iran’s top military echelon.

      “We must be very careful in our calculations. Launching missiles and staging military exercises to scare off the other side is not good deterrence, although a necessity in its proper place,” the official IRNA news agency quoted him as saying. “A misfire could burst into flames and wreak havoc to everything.””
      (snip)

      “”Our foreign policy is based on detente and trust-building with the world. This is not just a slogan,” he said. “Iran is sincere in saying it is not out to attack anyone. Aggression is our red line. Weapons of mass destructions are our red line.” ”

      http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/1.577262

      Goodness knows that we and Israel could learn a thing or two from this man.

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