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‘Washington Post’ exhibits naked double standard in Israeli, Palestinian deaths (and injuries)

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You gotta see this to believe it. From Emily Manna’s twitter feed: “Front page of the today. Shameful coverage.”

Front page headline, Washington Post

Front page headline, Washington Post


Are you sure that’s the Washington Post? Here’s the Post’s facsimile of the whole page:

Washington Post front page

Washington Post front page

Here’s the 11th paragraph of the story:

The Palestinian death toll from the conflict rose Saturday to more than 330, including about 60 children, according to the Gaza Health Ministry.

I get it when U.S. publications highlight American deaths overseas. But Israeli deaths? Who’s kidding who.

This post updates an earlier post on the Washington Post’s ignoring Palestinian injuries. Original post below:  

Today we received the video above of Israeli police violently dispersing Palestinians from the plaza of the Al Aqsa mosque in occupied Jerusalem July 18.

The video is consistent with another disturbing video at the Washington Post site. “Israel forces storm al-Aqsa mosque.”

Ma’an reports dozens of Palestinian injuries in a story headlined “110 injured, 12 detained in clashes at Aqsa compound”

Dozens of Palestinians were injured in Jerusalem after clashes broke out with Israeli forces at the Al-Aqsa compound in the Old City on Friday amid heightened tensions after the Israeli invasion of Gaza the day before.

Dozens suffered bruises, fractures, and cuts in clashes that broke out in the holy compound as Israeli forces raided the area firing stun grenades, rubber-coated steel bullets, and assaulted paramedics and journalists who were forced out of the compound during the clashes.

Medics told Ma’an that more than 110 injured arrived at the Al-Aqsa clinic, a number of whom were transferred to hospitals.

Al-Aqsa director Omar al-Kiswani, and the Palestinian Authority’s Jerusalem minister Adnan al-Husseini were shot with rubber-coated steel bullets in the foot and thigh respectively.

The Islamic endowments board director Abdulatheem Salhab and Fayez an-Obaidi were shot with rubber bullets in the chest. 

The Washington Post account of the storming does not mention the Palestinian injuries. The account is largely taken verbatim from the Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld. Don’t Palestinians count?

Update. My source tells me that the Washington Post account misrepresented the situation in other ways. The source writes:

The Washington Post article states:

“According to Israel Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld, following Friday prayers at the mosque compound, about 200 to 300 masked youths caused disturbances by throwing stones at policemen stationed nearby. After 20 minutes of disturbances, police entered the compound and arrested seven people for rioting.”

But there’s only about 10 total “masked youth”.

Moreover, in the first video above, the cheering begins when the Israeli forces begin to back off.
As they back off, non-violent women protesters move forward, as you can see in the video.

There was about 20 minutes of exchange prior to this of warning shots/stones from the kids. Very light.

But it wasn’t until the women marching forward they blazed ahead and started to tear things up. Again, the 200 to 300 youth is a pure lie which can be seen.

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  1. annie on July 20, 2014, 1:57 pm

    200 to 300 masked youths

    that’s odd, because from the first video it looks like unmasked women to me.

    • Marnie on July 20, 2014, 2:08 pm

      I don’t know about these youths he’s talking about, it looks like mostly women and middle age men?

    • ritzl on July 20, 2014, 3:40 pm

      “Youths,” masked or otherwise aren’t even allowed there. Sounds made up. Heh.

  2. Helena Cobban on July 20, 2014, 2:12 pm

    Oh, that Ruth Eglash! She is such a Zionist liar!

  3. Blownaway on July 20, 2014, 2:23 pm

    It’s heartening to note that it’s really only the old establishment that now believes their own BS. The Internet has given enlightened people everywhere access to truth. It’s interesting that it’s really only a few thousand people in power world wide that subvert their own peoples opinions and spout Zionist BS. They won’t last…they are increasingly being called out and ex politics they are not passionate enough to fight back coherently and look like the fools they are

    • Donald on July 20, 2014, 3:14 pm

      “It’s interesting that it’s really only a few thousand people in power world wide that subvert their own peoples opinions and spout Zionist BS. ”

      But they’re very successful, at least in the US. I see a lot of people online who support Israel who don’t spout a specifically Zionist line and don’t necessarily seem to be Christian Zionists. A lot of them strike me as just plain authoritarian in mindset. They probably side with police brutality if it is against brown or black people and automatically side with violence in favor of US and against THEM. The Israelis are seen as Westerners like us, so that automatically makes them the good guys.

      And then there are some well-meaning people who are deceived by the press–they think that the violence always starts with Palestinian terrorism because the press explicitly says this, over and over again, even in places like the NYT which actually reported some of the anti-Palestinian violence that occurred before the rocket fire or the killing of the Israeli teens. The average person doesn’t follow the issue closely–then the press makes violence against Israelis frontpage news and that confirms what the average person thinks. I see a lot of people who are probably in this category in the comments at the NYT. The NYT itself summarizes the current situation and all situations in the past as “Palestinian provocation followed by Israeli response” and then people ask “But what should Israel do”? It makes sense if you believe the NYT summary.

      • Blownaway on July 20, 2014, 5:22 pm

        Donald these trolls tend to stick their head out and dominate during times of Israeli stress. But during ” normal” times the letter writers have done a good job holding the NY version of Israeli Times accountable. The believers are the same crowd who say I’m not doing anything wrong so why should I care if they are spying on me. But on the whole I’d say more of the world supports a free Palestine. The successful people who are the current shot callers are short timers

  4. Vikram on July 20, 2014, 2:28 pm

    It seems that Palestinians are non-people !

  5. gracie fr on July 20, 2014, 4:59 pm

    …What is so incomprehensible about wounded and dying children…..

  6. Daniel Rich on July 20, 2014, 5:33 pm

    @ Philip Weiss,

    You have to be honest. It’s not only the WaPo, the NYT or LAT who’re being very dishonest, it goes all the way to the top [or is it the other way around and we’re facing ‘trickle down dishonesty?’].

    Here’s Johnny Cohen Kerry; “Russia bad. Russia bad. Russia very, very BAD!!Kerry makes most explicit U.S. case against Russia over Malaysia jet downing.

    It doesn’t matter [to him and others] that more Palestinians have died than MAS passengers, the tribe… the tribe… the tribe… Damn! I’m ff-ing stuck…

    • just on July 20, 2014, 8:28 pm

      NPR led with Israeli soldiers dead…and Palestinians killed was a footnote ho-hum. 1600 or 1700 EDT.

  7. DaBakr on July 20, 2014, 6:01 pm

    nobody here thinks that byline is part of the strategy not to promote Israel-but to sell papers because everyone has been waiting with baited breath for the first reports of Israeli deaths-as if it were like sporting event with each side waiting for ‘results’?

    It may sound callous by my take on US press is that it always been like this in regards to I/P conflict. It used to be like this back when the IRA was fully engaged against GB as well. The owners are trying to sell papers and not so mch interested in lofty journalism any more.

  8. Citizen on July 20, 2014, 8:35 pm

    The big bold deadline of 2 IDF deaths says everything you need to know about the paper’s bias & perception of its audience, when juxtaposed with the smaller sub-headline on 330 deaths & the way the latter is phrased, implying HAMAS militants are the cause of those 330 deaths.

  9. michelle on July 20, 2014, 10:54 pm

    daddy you’re home how was your day
    did you defend while he tried to run away
    did you shoot him in the knee did you shoot him in the back
    did he find his loved ones before you started your attack
    did he have a gun or a child in his arms
    were you making peace or are you the cause of harm
    i really need to know i really need to see
    one day i must decide if it’s like you or him i want to be
    G-d Bless

  10. Nevada Ned on July 21, 2014, 5:31 am

    Somewhat OT but here it is:

    Israel: America’s Frankenstein Monster
    by Andrew O’Hehir
    over at Slate magazine.

  11. upsidedownism on July 21, 2014, 8:44 am

    The timing of this current bout of Israeli genocide might very well be due to the forthcoming US elections. Every fundraising Congressman, Congresswoman and Senator up for election want to do everything he or she can to flout their pro-Israel credentials. Furthermore, the November election is the last one in which Obama will have a personal stake. The Israelis might be wary of what Obama will do vis a vis Palestine, without having an election to worry about. So, the Zionists think, why not grab Gaza now?

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