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NY Times describes Israel’s June rampage in the West Bank as a “clampdown”

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A young boy pushes a makeshift scrap metal barrier for protection from the IDF in Hebron, June 22, 2014. (Photo: Sheren Khalel)
Scene from a “clampdown”: A young boy pushes a makeshift scrap metal barrier for protection from the IDF in Hebron, June 22, 2014. (Photo: Sheren Khalel)

Today’s New York Times article by Isabel Kershner about the (now aborted) extension of the cease fire in Gaza offers a brief history of the recent events, including this line:

An Israeli clampdown in the West Bank during the search for the [three Israeli] teenagers prompted increased rocket fire from Gaza and an escalation that led to the latest conflict.

You remember Israel’s “clampdown” in the West Bank, don’t you?  In response to the disappearance of three teenagers whose fate was known but kept secret, the IDF rampaged through hundreds of homes and even universities, killing a half dozen civilians and arresting well over 500 people who had nothing to do with the Israeli teens’ disappearance and murder.

“Clampdown” is generally defined as the imposition or strengthening of regulations and restrictions.  That is hardly an appropriate word to use for Israel’s wanton and murderous actions in the West Bank in June, which of course were greatly eclipsed by its carnage the following month in Gaza.  Is that a word the Times would use if the “authorities” burst into hundreds of private homes in Ferguson, killed another five people, and imprisoned hundreds more without charge?  It’s just another subtle way the Times depicts Israel’s utterly contemptible behavior as within the boundaries of reasonableness.

On the other hand, at least Kershner acknowledged that there was some factual predicate for the renewal of Palestinian rocket fire against Israel.  The U.S. Congress would almost unanimously disagree, and in fact the Senate passed a resolution condemning the entirely “unprovoked” rocket fire by a vote of 100 – 0.  I guess Kershner’s version that the rockets were provoked by a “clampdown” is an improvement.

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It is unfortunate that the US media is complicit in propagating Israel’s justifications for it’s brutality, and down playing the violence against civilians. The NYT is no longer the credible and respectable source for unbiased news. That said, we should realize that it’s main aim is to brainwash the American people, and give them a slanted version of the events occurring over there. OT but it seems the media over there in zio land does… Read more »

15/5/2014:Nadeem Siam Nawara, 17, and Mahmoud Odeh, 16 of West Bank, were killed by IDF soldiers & little Ali Abd al-Latif al-Awour, 7, of Gaza, on 11/6/2014 was killed by Israeli missile strike – but lives of three settlers killed were worth SO much more, that death of mere Palestinians, (who, by virtue of not being Jewish are hardly considered human) , is not worth mentioning.

I noticed this too; thanks for writing it up in your characteristically effective style.

Pretty amazing consent really. What exactly makes all the difference between enforced and “free” consent? “Senate passed a resolution condemning the entirely “unprovoked” rocket fire by a vote of 100 – 0” concerning this: ” Is that a word the Times would use if the “authorities” burst into hundreds of private homes in Ferguson, killed another five people, and imprisoned hundreds more without charge? “ Who knows, David, maybe the polite voices of public reason… Read more »

There is probably a word between clampdown and rampage that would describe what Israel did on the West Bank in June. (brutal crackdown would be my offer.) I differ with this sentence: “That is hardly an appropriate word to use for Israel’s wanton and murderous actions in the West Bank in June,” The actions on the west bank were specifically the arrest of Hamas activists. That was certainly not wanton, but legal or not, a… Read more »