Pamela Paul, the editor of The New York Times Book Review, needs some help, and the Mondoweiss community can come to her assistance.
A few weeks ago, I sharply criticized a letter that ran in the Book Review, which included the sentence, “Palestinian Arabs have avowed as their goal the killing of all Jews.” And Ira Glunts also objected to it.
The Times’s public editor, Margaret Sullivan, reports today that she asked Pamela Paul about the letter. Paul said no apology was necessary, but she did concede that “it might have been a good idea to insert a modifier, such as ‘many’ or ‘some,’ before ‘Palestinian Arabs’ in the editing process.”
This site is recently getting an average of more than 30,000 clicks a day. That’s a lot of people, many of whom have tremendous expertise on the Israel/Palestine question. We have visitors who live in Israel or Palestine, and have valuable first-hand knowledge.
So it’s time to crowd-source. Here’s our question: What is the percentage of “Palestinian Arabs” who want to kill “all Jews?” We want proof: public statements, opinion surveys, and other documentation. (As a secondary question, we want to know: does “all Jews” mean “all Jews everywhere,” or just “all Jews in Israel/Palestine?”)
We want to be able to go back to Pamela Paul with the most accurate “modifier.” “Many?” “Some?”
Or– “not a single one at all”?