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For the ‘NYT,’ Netanyahu’s dog is more compelling than Palestinians

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This is not a joke. Today the New York Times published a fluff piece about Benjamin Netanyahu’s dog. Titled, Netanyahu’s Dog Sinks Teeth Into Guests, the article reports:

Mr. Netanyahu announced Friday on Facebook that under Israeli law he had to quarantine Kaiya, a 10-year-old mix with black eyes and fluffy fur, after she bit two guests… attending a Hanukkah candle-lighting party at his Jerusalem residence on Wednesday.

I have nothing against dog stories. I love them. But Israel is a faraway FOREIGN country, and such an offbeat feature on the kooky PM is only justifiable if the Times is doing its job covering Palestinian stories, some of compelling human drama. Here are a couple of stories from the last few days that the Times hasn’t managed to send a reporter out to cover:

— A Palestinian man, Oday Ersheid, 22, was shot and killed with live fire by Israeli forces in occupied Hebron on Friday, just five weeks after his 17-year-old sister Dania was killed by Israeli forces after allegedly producing a knife. Amnesty International says Dania’s killing was likely a summary execution in a report titled, “Israeli forces in Occupied Palestinian Territories must end pattern of unlawful killings.” Here’s Amnesty’s account of Dania’s death. Chilling:

On 25 October, a short distance from where [Sa’ad Mohammed Yousef] al-Atrash was killed, Israeli border police shot dead Dania Jihad Hussein Ershied, 17. Shortly before she was killed, she had passed through a checkpoint equipped with a metal detector and two revolving gates, between which Israeli forces frequently lock people they deem suspicious. At a second checkpoint in front of Hebron’s Ibrahimi Mosque she was called for a second inspection by more than five border police officers, who began searching her bag and yelling at her to show her knife.

Warning shots were fired at her feet, prompting her to step back and raise her hands in the air. She was shouting at the police that she did not have a knife and still had her arms raised when police again opened fire, shooting her six or seven times.

The Times covered Oday Ersheid’s killing with an AP report, but the human angle? Nothing. I would note that the Times has never told us about a family tragedy I really would like to know about: the killings of Tharwat Al-Sharawi and her husband Fouad Al-Sharawi, by Israeli forces, 27 years apart.

– One of the Israeli settler suspects in the horrifying Dawabsheh arson/murders of last July 31 was released to house arrest today, something that Israel would obviously never do with a
Palestinian suspected of involvement in a serious crime like this. The quarantine of a dog is more important to the Times. The Times covered the arrests last week, but not the release.

– Haaretz published a series of articles this week detailing how US tax-deductible donations are being used to build illegal settlements and fund the legal defense of violent Jewish extremists. One of those articles detailed how two Netanyahu associates, deputy defense minister Eli Ben Dahan and Kenneth Abramowitz, the head of American Friends of Likud, gave money to groups working towards building a Jewish temple on the Noble Sanctuary/Temple Mount in Jerusalem, a lunatic plan that the US government opposes. The Times has covered the Haaretz investigation with an AP report, but not sent a reporter to cover this outrage. It has, for that matter, done very little to expose the extensive American Jewish support for the illegal settlement project.

Again, we have nothing against fluff stories (for instance, I did a stupid story about Netanyahu’s watch). Not every story from a conflict has to be one of moral urgency. But the dog story goes to the heart of our problem with the New York Times: Jewish and Israeli trivia, often of an endearing character, are held to be eminently newsworthy for an American audience, while matters of life and death involving Palestinians living for decades under occupation are regarded as news bulletins to be disposed of with a paragraph. When will Palestinians lives matter as much as Israeli dogs? And P.S. The Israel lobby involves deeply-embedded prejudice in US political culture.

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  1. John O
    John O
    December 12, 2015, 11:51 am

    “under Israeli law he had to quarantine Kaiya”

    They quarantined the wrong critter.

    • just
      just
      December 12, 2015, 4:23 pm

      True, John O.

      I guess it goes with his gold ring and his not-so-trophy 3rd wife.

      “In my office in Jerusalem, there’s an ancient seal. It’s a signet ring of a Jewish official from the time of the Bible. The seal was found right next to the Western Wall, and it dates back 2,700 years, to the time of King Hezekiah. Now, there’s a name of the Jewish official inscribed on the ring in Hebrew. His name was Netanyahu.

      Benjamin Netanyahu”

      http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/b/benjaminne416715.html#H7TBd71krdogXCpf.99

      I remain shocked with the fascination that some have for this re-elected fascist, racist, violent, and thieving first family of Israel.

      Remember this from Allison Deger?

      “A Jew’s dead dog has more rights than a Bedouin in the Negev

      Far enough from paved roads that cellular reception cuts out, in the middle of a national forest in Israel, there is a canine resting place.

      The pet cemetery and adjoining ranch house owned by Amos and Shosh Gold affords the civil-engineered trappings of placid suburban life, but stamped in a dehydrated nature reserve; water, electricity and waste removal serve the house and dog burial plots as a result of city plans that have pumped millions into making life attractive in the sparsely populated Negev desert.

      Yet about two kilometers away is an officially-unrecognized Bedouin encampment with 24 residents from the Abu Alkin clan who want to continue to inhabit the Negev—even though they are excluded from the blueprints of development. The Abu Alkins live in an unrecognized village not on any map, meaning they are not allowed to be hooked up to municipal services and are forced to live off the grid.

      These Arab citizens of Israel do not have the same luxuries of municipal services as the deceased, once Jewish-owned dogs decomposing in the watered sod of Goldog cemetery. Their town, which is barely a town, formerly had bonded stone houses and cement foundations, but all 16 of those structures were demolished by the state a year and a half ago.

      Meanwhile, the site where animal companions such as Seadog are interred have all those benefits. Born 1995, laid to rest in 2009, Seadog’s grave and Hebrew embossed headstone has colored glass on it. His company– hundreds of other dead dogs. They are in plots meters away from an outdoor shower, a piano, and a kennel with caged and very alive dogs, guarded by roped pups that bark with fury when they hear soft footsteps or the sandy sound of tires running over a rocky dirt road. There is landscaping, there are outdoor lights.

      When I visited the cemetery last week, a stocky middle-aged woman with cropped red hair and zebra print eyeglasses angrily greeted a researcher and me, canceling the interview we had set up a few days before. On the phone, a woman had identified herself to my Hebrew-speaking colleague as Shosh Gold, one half of the husband and wife proprietor pair. I believe I was now meeting Shosh, but she refused to give her name when we introduced ourselves (though she indicated she had spoken to my colleague on the phone). She said that there was some bad press two decades ago when the cemetery first opened and that her neighbors hate her, quite randomly. Then she threw us out.

      We did manage to see the burial plots, kennel and guard dogs. I had wanted to verify if the cemetery with electrical and water connections serviced “Jewish dogs” only, while the Bedouin neighbors—very much alive—were without the same assistance.

      The woman monitored our movements as if we were wandering cheetahs—and she a gazelle—until we rode off of the property.

      She told us not to write about the cemetery, and not to use her name. …”

      – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2014/02/rights-bedouin-negev#sthash.VXIUbENA.dpuf

      Remember this?

      “Israel’s destruction of Mamilla cemetery part of effort to remove Palestine from Jerusalem” – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2015/08/destruction-palestine-jerusalem#sthash.zs8ZVcDB.dpuf

      The trophy first dog is cute, though. I feel sorry that it was adopted by such awful Ziobots.

  2. JLewisDickerson
    JLewisDickerson
    December 12, 2015, 5:14 pm

    RE: “A Palestinian man, Oday Ersheid, 22, was shot and killed with live fire by Israeli forces in occupied Hebron on Friday, just five weeks after his 17-year-old sister Dania was killed by Israeli forces after allegedly producing a knife. Amnesty International says Dania’s killing was likely a summary execution in a report titled, ‘Israeli forces in Occupied Palestinian Territories must end pattern of unlawful killings’.” ~ Weiss

    MEANWHILE: “Chicago Police Adopt Israeli Tactics” | By Todd E. Pierce | ConsortiumNews.com | December 11, 2015
    Exclusive: The Chicago police slaying of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, like other recent police killings of blacks, may resemble the actions of an occupation military, in part, because Chicago and other U.S. cities have learned from Israel’s occupation of Palestine, writes retired JAG Major Todd E. Pierce.
    LINK – https://consortiumnews.com/2015/12/11/chicago-police-adopt-israeli-tactics/

  3. eljay
    eljay
    December 12, 2015, 6:20 pm

    … But the dog story goes to the heart of our problem with the New York Times: Jewish and Israeli trivia, often of an endearing character, are held to be eminently newsworthy for an American audience, while matters of life and death involving Palestinians living for decades under occupation are regarded as news bulletins to be disposed of with a paragraph. …

    Zio-supremacists care about:
    – the “right kind” of Jews (as determined by them); and
    – a religion-supremacist “Jewish State” in as much as possible of Palestine.

    Zio-supremacists do not care about the universal and consistent application of justice, accountability and equality.

    Zio-supremacists are truly hateful and immoral people.

  4. Another Dave
    Another Dave
    December 13, 2015, 11:46 am

    A dog bites man story????

    Really?

    I had to waste one of my free visits to that website to confirm that they did publish that idiocy.

    That’s not what I’d call all the news that is fit to print.

    A man biting a dog, that’d be news. (Well, it would have been. Had the story not already been told.)

  5. wondering jew
    wondering jew
    December 13, 2015, 2:58 pm

    I am no fan of Bibi’s, but in fact he has face and name recognition. This is a celebrity story.

    • Boo
      Boo
      December 14, 2015, 11:43 am

      It’d only be a celebrity story if it were Bibi who’d been bitten. Alas, dogs are less than foolproof judges of moral character.

  6. Mooser
    Mooser
    December 13, 2015, 5:32 pm

    “This is a celebrity story.”

    Yeah, like Blondi was a celebrity story? (Say, did she ever bite anybody?)

    And how unfair of Mondo to say anything else happening in Palestine is of greater interest.

  7. lysias
    lysias
    December 13, 2015, 5:40 pm

    NYT resurrects the Epstein/Dershowitz story: Alan Dershowitz on the Defense (His Own).

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