Yesterday the Washington Post published a report from Susiya, a hamlet in the occupied Hebron Hills that Israel is trying to demolish, that called Susiya a “miserable village” in the headline (and the accompanying tweet) and allowed Israeli settler advocates to suggest that Israel is trying to remove the Palestinians from “squalid tents” for their own good. “Pitiful” also made an appearance.
The Post has since changed the headline to “ramshackle” village, but “miserable” lives on in the url.
As for the word “occupied,” it appears once, deep in the story, all but erasing the most crucial fact here: this is not Israeli land under international law.
Israel wants to bulldoze this miserable village, but Europe is providing life support https://t.co/K6qkOatyhk
— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) August 29, 2016
The usually helpful reporter, William Booth, seeks to be balanced about a hideously-imbalanced situation:
The Palestinian residents insist they are not squatters but heirs to the land they have farmed and grazed since the Ottoman era.
They say Israel wants to depopulate the area of Arabs and replace them with Jews.
“Israeli settlers in the West Bank see an insidious Palestinian encroachment onto lands the Jewish homesteaders believe were given to them by God.”
James Downer, the British deputy consul general in Jerusalem, sipped coffee with the Nawaja clan.
“I am very fond of Susiya,” he said…
He promised the locals, “We will do what we can to oppose demolitions here and elsewhere.”
Whatever it was in the past, these days Susiya has more the feeling of a protest camp than a functioning Palestinian village.
invading someone’s land and filling it with bulldozers and cement is not “miserable” but a natural tiny village is. Sureeeee
A retired California educator:
zionist propaganda calling village of humans “miserable” to condone the zionist inhumane behaviour of home demolishing