The travesty of the New York Times’ coverage and opinion pieces on Israel is now so well known that it seems hardly worth mentioning any longer. Still, every once in a while the farce–actually, the lying by omission–is so blatant that I can’t resist.
Haaretz: In the front page of its April 5th online English language edition:
A story on Israel drastically cutting electrical power to Hebron, supposedly for nonpayment of debts to the Israeli government (Palestinians have to buy much of their electricity from Israel, since Israel has deliberately destroyed much of the electrical system of the occupied territories).
One despairing editorial and five oped columns on various other manifestations of the collapse of the Light Unto the Nations into darkness.
On this same date the New York Times did have one story on Israel: “Israeli Military’s Spring-Cleaning Call: Return Our Gear, Please,” on the efforts of the Israeli army to get former soldiers to return military “equipment” they had kept when they left the service: such as old uniforms, sleeping bags, helmets and the like, as well as weaponry. The writer of the story–Isabel Kershner, naturally–comments that the army program sought to play on the “collective nostalgia” of former conscripts.