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‘NY Times’ offers Israeli lessons about dealing with ‘enemies’ to France

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The other day the The New York Times published a favorable review of Ben Ehrenreich’s important new book on how Palestinian resistance is an inevitable response to occupation, but that turns out to be tokenism. Today the newspaper reverts to form, piping hasbara to Americans, in this case publishing an impossible-to parody valentine to Israelis for their tough attitudes and policies when it comes to Palestinian “enemies,” titled, “To France from Israel: Lessons on Living with Terror,” by Isabel Kershner and James Glanz.

The article is filled with righteous advice from Israelis about how to stop amorphous terrorism.

In Israel, ordinary citizens, security officials and experts feel they have seen it all and say they have adapted to a perennial, if ever-changing, threat. They speak of constantly staying alert, exercising caution and growing accustomed to what some may find to be intrusive levels of security, but essentially carrying on…

The bias of the article is not far removed from the vicious Israeli propaganda that Dan Cohen spotted, above. There are a number of lectures about what France is doing wrong, and about wicked Palestinian “enemies”:

Hundreds of armed civilian guards have been deployed to protect public transportation in Jerusalem in recent months amid the wave of attacks, which have been glorified by some Palestinians on social media. The guards stand at bus and light-rail stops, and hop on and off buses along main routes, with the same powers to search and arrest as the police.

Israel has also invested hugely in intelligence, its tactics evolving as its enemies change theirs…

That the attack occurred at a mass gathering for Bastille Day, France’s national holiday, had Israelis shaking their heads. Micky Rosenfeld, an Israeli police spokesman, said that to secure a major event like Independence Day celebrations, when tens of thousands of people gather along the Tel Aviv seafront to watch an air and naval display, officers gather intelligence for weeks beforehand, and erect a 360-degree enclosure of the area, with layers of security around the perimeter.

There is of course no mention of Israeli occupation (besides a glancing reference to occupied Hebron) or of Palestinian dispossession. No indication to the reader that Israel established its state on Palestinian land and forced hundreds of thousands of Palestinians to abandon their homes; and that this is the root of the conflict, and only a political solution, not more armed civilian guards, will resolve that. As Donald has pointed out before, failing to convey anything about the Palestinian experience that has produced violent resistance is a form of racist denial.

Does the Times really think that there is anything admirable about Israel’s response to terror attacks? It’s morally clueless, like interviewing avowed white racists about what to do about attacks on police without ever mentioning their racism.

 

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5 Responses

  1. JWalters
    JWalters
    July 19, 2016, 9:33 pm

    Israel’s so-called “War on Terror” would be more accurately called the “War on Self-Defense”.

    Illustrating Israel as a predator is accurate, as a victim is false. Israel is a predator blaming its victim.

  2. JLewisDickerson
    JLewisDickerson
    July 19, 2016, 10:55 pm

    RE: “‘NY Times’ offers Israeli lessons about dealing with ‘enemies’ to France”

    MY COMMENT: It might help if the U.S. provided France with at least $3,000,000,000/year in aid! Why should France get less U.S. aid than Israel? France helped finance us during the Revolutionary War.

  3. Marnie
    Marnie
    July 22, 2016, 8:01 am

    The agressor playing victim, AGAIN. This is disgusting.

  4. Kay24
    Kay24
    July 22, 2016, 11:01 am

    Oh how they love to play the victim. They whine, accuse, exaggerate, and narrate that the entire world is against them, especially their immediate neighbors. They can dish out so viciously but cannot take retaliation or protest. At least the majority in the world can see through their lies or else why should it be one of the most disliked nations in the world?

  5. LeeMort1
    LeeMort1
    July 28, 2016, 2:38 pm

    The concluding statement from your recent interview with Ben Ehrenreich probably says it all: “Short of the IDF actually annihilating everyone, it doesn’t work. That is the overwhelming lesson that the Israeli authorities never learn, that this kind of brutality does not actually result in victories, but only more and more violence.”

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