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After a hopeful improvement, the New York Times coverage of the Gaza protests is unfortunately back to its normal one-sided reporting — and intense pressure from Hasbara Central is surely a major reason. Take a look at this tweet yesterday, as the paper’s main reporter, David Halbfinger, jumps to respond to a pro-Israel critic:

Hasbara-ists on the case, with the New York Times, April 13, 2018.

Sure enough, Halbfinger promptly added the following sentence to his article: “At another point, an explosive was hung from a kite, but fell on the Palestinian side.”

Ever since Halbfinger’s first decent report a week ago, he has faced a barrage of attacks on Twitter and elsewhere from pro-Israel forces. Camera — the old Hasbara warhorse —  takes credit for its “correspondence” with the Times, saying it led the paper to include the assertion in news coverage that the Palestinian right of return “would amount to the destruction of Israel by demographic means.” So it may be no surprise that Halbfinger is backing down.

A question: will the Times respond with the same speed to criticism from our side? Here goes:

  • Why doesn’t today’s article point out again that not one single Israeli, soldier or civilian, has gotten even a scratch over the past 3 weeks, while Israelis have killed 34 Palestinians and wounded many hundreds more? (The latest article in the Guardian does report no Israeli casualties whatsoever.)
  • Why does the article not include a single quotation from any human rights organizations? B’Tselem, the respected Israeli group, continues to call for Israeli soldiers to refuse to open fire, but you won’t learn that in today’s Times. (The Washington Post quotes Amnesty International.)
  • Why won’t the Times note that not one single rocket has been fired from Gaza? If “Hamas” were truly intent on “invading” Israel, wouldn’t they already be firing away?
  • Why won’t Halbfinger say that the United States helped block an independent investigation at the United Nations into Israel’s crimes against the Gazan demonstrators — a point made on the Times‘s own editorial page?

Finally, where was the open letter from five former Israeli army snipers, who said they were “filled with shame and sorrow”? The Guardian found room for them:

Instructing snipers to shoot to kill unarmed demonstrators who pose no danger to human life is another product of the occupation and military rule over millions of Palestinian people, as well as of our country’s callous leadership, and derailed moral path.

Maybe David Halbfinger and the New York Times need to have some of these questions raised on their Twitter accounts?

 

 

 

 

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  1. April 14, 2018, 11:27 am

    Expected from the NYT. We all know how powerful and well organized the hasbara machine is which must be running at peak output now. How could the spineless NYT do anything but cave in.

    Thankfully more and more people are turning to sources that provide the truth. Great article written by Stanley Cohen for counterpunch – he holds nothing back.

    https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/04/13/when-zionism-rubs-up-against-reality/

    • Maghlawatan
      Maghlawatan
      April 14, 2018, 5:21 pm

      The hasbara machine is well oiled and ruthless as ever but the hasbara is shit and very few people outside the tribe believe it any more.
      Israelis do not understand anything about managing expectations, particularly the expectations generated by the peace process.
      An awful lot of people in the West do not see Israeli leadership as trustworthy or even rational.

    • lonely rico
      lonely rico
      April 14, 2018, 5:30 pm

      > LHunter

      Great article written by Stanley Cohen

      I agree. I encourage others to read it.

      Check it out – Jackdaw, Steve Grover, DaBakr, Mayhem, Emet, jon s … read what this New Yorker thinks of your beloved zionist state.

      Stanley L. Cohen has written a number of very good articles on Gaza (and Israel) at Counterpunch.

    • Misterioso
      Misterioso
      April 16, 2018, 11:03 am

      Just received from a Canadian friend:

      http://www.cjnews.com/news/canada/elizabeth-may-jagmeet-singh-slammed-by-jewish-groups-over-gaza-comments

      The Canadian Jewish News, April 16/18

      By Paul Lungen, Staff Reporter

      EXCERPT:
      “Jewish organizations are taking Green Party Leader Elizabeth May and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh to task for what they say is one-sided criticism of Israel’s actions on the Gaza border. They were particularly scathing in their criticism of May, who accused Israel of a systematic plan to murder unarmed civilians.

      “On April 9, following a trip to the Middle East that was organized by the Canada-Palestinian Parliamentary Friendship Group, May released a statement condemning ‘the intentionality of the Israeli military’ in ‘the shooting of unarmed civilians in a peaceful protest.’

      “May called the shootings ‘a clear violation of all accepted international norms. No one has made a credible claim that the shooting was in self defence, or that Gaza’s civilians were in any way a threat to Israel.’

      “She goes on to claim that Israeli snipers did exactly what they were ordered to do and that the country’s military commanders have said that ‘every bullet went where it was intended to go. This claim by the Israel Defence Forces makes it very clear that there was no accidental shooting. No one panicked. This was a systematic plan to murder unarmed civilians.’

      “Earlier, Singh, whose party leadership recently beat back an attempt from within the party to adopt a BDS motion targeting Israel, tweeted that, ‘I am shocked by the violence in Gaza. The Canadian government must call on Israel to abide by its responsibilities under international law and call for an independent investigation. The killing, human rights violations and blockade must end.’

      “The statements provoked the ire of numerous Jewish groups.”

      • Maghlawatan
        Maghlawatan
        April 16, 2018, 3:20 pm

        Zionists attacking progressives is sadly par for the course. A total right wing takeover. Very similar to the NRA. And really stupid .
        Because people leave the tent and never come back.

        Take it away, baby…

        https://www.ncronline.org/news/politics/ncr-today/support-israel-continues-see-widening-partisan-divide

        National Catholic Reporter
        “Support for Israel continues to see a widening, partisan divide”
        Mar 23, 2018 by Ra’fat Al-Dajani

        EXCERPTS:
        “The results of a recent Pew Research Center poll have revealed some unexpected findings when it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, namely a widening partisan divide on the question of whether Americans sympathize more with Israelis or Palestinians on the issue of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a partisan divide that is the widest at any point since 1978.

        “Support for Israel in the broad sense, or as a strategic asset, remains very strong, with the percentage of Republicans, since 2001, sympathizing more with Israel than the Palestinians increasing 29 percentage points, from 50 percent to 79 percent. It is with Democrats and Independents, however, that the drop in sympathy for Israel has been precipitous.

        “Among Democrats in general, only 27 percent said they sympathized more with Israel, reflecting a dramatic drop in sympathy for Israel of 11 points among Democrats since 2001, from 38 percent to 27 percent.

        “Some other numbers worth examining can be found when support among Democrats is broken down. While moderate and conservative Democrats continue to sympathize more with Israel (35 percent) than the Palestinians (17 percent), that number has dropped 18 points since 2016, from 53 percent to its current 35 percent. The share of liberal Democrats who sympathize more with Israel than the Palestinians has also declined 14 points since 2016, from 33 percent to 19 percent.

        “Pro-Israeli leaders and groups have picked up on the danger of sympathy and support for Israel becoming one more point of sharp partisan divide in the increasing, partisan polarization under President Trump, both in Congress and among the American public.

        “Nowhere have the alarm bells begun to ring louder on this issue than at the powerful pro-Israel lobbying group, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, where there has been a growing recognition that navigating through the shoals of an ever more polarized political landscape is the new challenge for an organization that has always prioritized bipartisanship.

        “AIPAC’s leadership recognizes that the pendulum of American politics swings both ways, and that Israel, as an issue, would suffer from being kicked around as a political football. It could well end up becoming one as politically divisive and as politicized as abortion or gun control.”

        “The Trump presidency has only made this navigation more perilous. On the one hand, Trump has delivered on policies on AIPAC’s agenda, such as moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem; pushing Congress to scrap or toughen up the Iran nuclear deal; cutting funds to the Palestinians; and speaking out forcefully against U.N. members who diverge from the U.S. on its Israel policy.”

        “The unintended consequence for AIPAC of Trump’s unabashed support has been the alienation of some Jewish Democrats who once felt at home with the lobby group. A former AIPAC board member described it this way: ‘I feel the right has taken over the organization and there is no respect for other opinions … It’s not a place for me anymore.’”

      • oldgeezer
        oldgeezer
        April 16, 2018, 3:23 pm

        “Misterioso

        Gosh the article fails to note that the statements rec`d praise from Jewish groups as well. And here I thought ensuring balance was something ziofreaks sought.

        The statements were the minimal required in cases where a rogue state is murdering civilians in cold blood. While I think they could and should have been more strongly worded they still manage to shame both trudeau and scheer for their silence in the face of such horrendous calculated crimes against humanity.

        Oh and screw the Jewish groups that are upset. Immoral apologists for murder the lot of them.

      • Keith
        Keith
        April 16, 2018, 5:03 pm

        MISTERIOSO- (from your link) “B’nai Brith Canada CEO Michael Mostyn accused May of promoting a “blood libel” against Israel.”

        From a Counterpunch article by Uri Avnery- “As was published in advance, sharpshooters were posted along the border fence and ordered to kill “ringleaders” of the unarmed protesters on the other side of the fence.” https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/04/16/eyeless-in-gaza-4/

        Canadian Jewish Zionist leaders are demonstrating their TOTAL commitment to Zionist solidarity. Israel uber alles!

  2. pabelmont
    pabelmont
    April 14, 2018, 11:45 am

    Pushing against the NYT is a bit King Canute-ish. Like Congress, NYT seems to know on which side its bagel is schmaltzed.

  3. Maghlawatan
    Maghlawatan
    April 14, 2018, 3:54 pm

    For years the NYT told the Palestinians to drop the violence and protest peacefully. Israel shoots to kill regardless.

    Stephane Hessel (WW2 veteran and writer) :
    https://www.democracynow.org/2011/10/10/stphane_hessel_on_occupy_wall_street_find_the_time_for_outrage_when_your_values_are_not_respected
    ” I think we have had the possibility of living in democracies. What does it mean? It means places where the privileged are not the one to make the decisions, but that the underprivileged are going to rise to a status where they are normal human beings and human citizens with their freedoms and their rights. When that is no longer the case, whatever the circumstance—in France, with President Sarkozy, definitely; in Spain, perhaps, after many attempts—then it is proper for the young generation to listen to the very old ones who tell them, “We have been resisters at a time where there was fascism or Stalinism. You must find the things that you will not accept, that will outrage you. And these things, you must be able to fight against nonviolently, peacefully, but determinedly.” ”

    The NYT is like the house rag of the Batista regime when it comes to Israel

  4. Maghlawatan
    Maghlawatan
    April 14, 2018, 5:40 pm

    The NYT can’t change. Too many older US Jews believe in Zionism and the side of justice is too scruffy and not respectable.

    J. K. Galbraith: “The conventional wisdom”gives way not so much to new ideas as to “the massive onslaught of circumstances with which it cannot contend”.

    The NYT can’t see that.

  5. Citizen
    Citizen
    April 14, 2018, 8:05 pm

    @nytimes Masquerades Israeli #Propaganda as #Journalism on #Gaza Killings https://www.jeremyrhammond.com/2018/04/14/new-york-times-masquerades-israeli-propaganda-as-journalism-on-gaza-killings/ via @JeremyRHammond

  6. DaBakr
    DaBakr
    April 15, 2018, 12:33 am

    “our side….”. Lol. Obviously the side of ‘The Truth’ is your opinion. And “bias”? Your progressive (not liberal) side is so frikkin far out it makes bias look like equilibrium.

    • Misterioso
      Misterioso
      April 16, 2018, 10:30 am

      @DaBakr

      Meanwhile, in the real world:

      https://www.ncronline.org/news/politics/ncr-today/support-israel-continues-see-widening-partisan-divide

      National Catholic Reporter
      “Support for Israel continues to see a widening, partisan divide”
      Mar 23, 2018 by Ra’fat Al-Dajani

      EXCERPTS:
      “The results of a recent Pew Research Center poll have revealed some unexpected findings when it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, namely a widening partisan divide on the question of whether Americans sympathize more with Israelis or Palestinians on the issue of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a partisan divide that is the widest at any point since 1978.

      “Support for Israel in the broad sense, or as a strategic asset, remains very strong, with the percentage of Republicans, since 2001, sympathizing more with Israel than the Palestinians increasing 29 percentage points, from 50 percent to 79 percent. It is with Democrats and Independents, however, that the drop in sympathy for Israel has been precipitous.

      “Among Democrats in general, only 27 percent said they sympathized more with Israel, reflecting a dramatic drop in sympathy for Israel of 11 points among Democrats since 2001, from 38 percent to 27 percent.

      “Some other numbers worth examining can be found when support among Democrats is broken down. While moderate and conservative Democrats continue to sympathize more with Israel (35 percent) than the Palestinians (17 percent), that number has dropped 18 points since 2016, from 53 percent to its current 35 percent. The share of liberal Democrats who sympathize more with Israel than the Palestinians has also declined 14 points since 2016, from 33 percent to 19 percent.

      “Pro-Israeli leaders and groups have picked up on the danger of sympathy and support for Israel becoming one more point of sharp partisan divide in the increasing, partisan polarization under President Trump, both in Congress and among the American public.

      “Nowhere have the alarm bells begun to ring louder on this issue than at the powerful pro-Israel lobbying group, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, where there has been a growing recognition that navigating through the shoals of an ever more polarized political landscape is the new challenge for an organization that has always prioritized bipartisanship.

      “AIPAC’s leadership recognizes that the pendulum of American politics swings both ways, and that Israel, as an issue, would suffer from being kicked around as a political football. It could well end up becoming one as politically divisive and as politicized as abortion or gun control.”

      “The Trump presidency has only made this navigation more perilous. On the one hand, Trump has delivered on policies on AIPAC’s agenda, such as moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem; pushing Congress to scrap or toughen up the Iran nuclear deal; cutting funds to the Palestinians; and speaking out forcefully against U.N. members who diverge from the U.S. on its Israel policy.”

      “The unintended consequence for AIPAC of Trump’s unabashed support has been the alienation of some Jewish Democrats who once felt at home with the lobby group. A former AIPAC board member described it this way: ‘I feel the right has taken over the organization and there is no respect for other opinions … It’s not a place for me anymore.'”

      http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.806869
      EXCERPT:
      “More Israelis Left Israel Than Moved Back in Six Year Record. 16,700 left and 8,500 came back in 2015, in first year since 2009 that more Israelis exited than returned.” By Lior Dattel. Aug 15, 2017, Haaretz.

      Support for Israel is in decline in the U.S., especially among youth. No surprise!!
      “Support for Israel on Campus Drops by ‘Devastating’ 27%: Study” – The Forward, June 21/17
      “The Brand Israel Group [BIG], a coalition of volunteer advertising and marketing specialists, has released a survey that shows a significant decrease in Israel’s approval rating among Americans.
      “’The future of America no longer believe that Israel shares their values. This is huge! Devastating,’ Fern Oppenheim, a co-founder of BIG, told The Times of Israel. While approval of Israel among American college students dropped 27% between the group’s 2010 and 2016 surveys, Israel’s approval rating among all Americans dropped 14 points, from 76% to 62%.”

      Furthermore, regarding the USA: http://forward.com/news/ national/376097/study-israel- losing-support-among- democrats-minorities- millennials/ The Forward July 2, 2017
      ”Study: Israel Losing Support Among Democrats, Minorities, Millennials ‘It appears that the more Americans learn about Israel, the less they like it.’”

      Support for Israel among American Jewish college students and young American Jews in general is in decline:
      Times of Israel, June 21/17:
      http://www.timesofisrael.com/devastating-survey-shows-huge-loss-of-israel-support-among-jewish-college-students/

      https://www.haaretz.com/israel -news/.premium-jewish-agency- chief-warns-young-u-s-jews- more-turned-off-to-israel-1. 5751616
      Haaretz – Jan 22, 2018, by Judy Maltz
      “Young American Jews Increasingly Turning Away From Israel, Jewish Agency Leader Warns”
      “The Jewish Agency’s CEO and director-general called the trend ‘extremely worrisome,’ and said that a new strategy must be undertaken to engage young American Jews with Israel.”

      http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=20982'%20style='color:#000;
      The Real News, Jan. 25/18
      “US Bipartisan Support for Israel over Palestinians Is Breaking Down, New Study Shows”
      “The bipartisan consensus of support for Israel over the Palestinians is breaking down in the United States.

      https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-progressives-welcome-aipac-is-all-just-gaslighting-1.5871623?utm_campaign=newsletter-daily&utm_medium=email&utm_source=smartfocus&utm_content=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.haaretz.com%2Fopinion%2F.premium-progressives-welcome-aipac-is-all-just-gaslighting-1.5871623
      “Why Young Jews and Democrats Are Waving Goodbye to AIPAC”
      “My generation has only known Israel as an occupier. We won’t back anyone who supports that injustice – including the powerful lobby that is AIPAC”
      By Emily Mayer, March 6, 2018 – Haaretz

      Furthermore;
      Why Jews flee to Europe (or at least half of it)
      By Doug Saunders,
      Canada’s Globe and Mail, November 16, 2013
      EXCERPTS:
      “Have you heard about Europe’s Jewish exodus? Amid growing tensions and tough economic conditions, tens of thousands of educated middle-class Jews are fleeing every year – not out of the continent, but rather from Israel into Europe, and especially to Germany, which has become the chief destination (after the United States) for the half-million Israelis who have left the country amid its much-discussed ‘brain drain.’

      “This has taken both Israelis and many Europeans by surprise – and offended some Israeli leaders. Last month, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, during a visit to Budapest, took to Facebook to denounce the growing wave of Europe-bound Jews who have become known in the Israeli media as the New Yordim (emigrants, or literally, ‘fallen’).”

      “Yet for this generation of Israelis, the shift to Europe is surprisingly uncontroversial. Last year, I had a conversation with a successful Israeli historian who had taken up residency in Germany. ‘That move must have shocked a lot of your friends in Israel,’ I suggested. She looked askance, as if this was an unheard-of notion: ‘No, of course not,’ she said. ‘My friends are all just jealous that I can get a visa to live here. Every Israeli academic of my generation wants to move to Europe.’

      “Much of this emigration has to do with Israel’s impossible economic conditions – writer Ruth Margalit recently noted that 87 per cent of Israelis over 25 are financially dependent on their parents.

      “But it is also political: European countries are seen by Israelis as stable, egalitarian and safe, while in an Israel governed by hard-line regimes, the zealots and the Orthodox seem destined to prevail. ‘With all due respect,’ Jerusalem Post columnist Susan Hatis Rolef recently wrote, ‘I think it is physically safer for a Jew to live in Berlin these days than in Jerusalem, though I do not belittle the emotional difficulty involved for a Jew to do so, given the not-too-distant history.’

      “She listed the reasons for the exodus: ‘loss of hope that peace will ever prevail … discomfort with the lack of determination of Israel’s leaders to make a serious effort to separate religion and state … and the feeling that life in Israel frequently feels like life in a pressure cooker.’

    • Mooser
      Mooser
      April 16, 2018, 3:18 pm

      “Misterioso” I’ve thought for a long time that what we hear from the bema is different from what we hear in the Pews.

  7. dimadok
    dimadok
    April 15, 2018, 10:25 am

    Arguments and logic.
    No soldiers were hurt- no aggression from Palestinians. Not that soldiers were trained, prepared and adhering to rules of engagement.
    Human rights organizations were not quoted- indeed a miss from NYT. Please include their opinions on the closing of Hungarian border upon the surge of infiltrators and refugees from the Middle East and Asia.
    Not a single rocket was fired this time- too bad, that means that other 9,000 rockets were just meaningless and have hurt nobody in Israel. Hamas is a peaceful organization and should be treated as such.
    UNSC resolution was blocked by USA to investigate Israel “crimes” for the umpteenth time- nothing new, just politics and “look over there” message from Arab countries.

    • Lillian Rosengarten
      Lillian Rosengarten
      April 16, 2018, 9:08 am

      Absolutely disgusting! The NY Times is a disgrace. But Palestinians will be free and Zionism must be sentenced at the Hague.

      • dimadok
        dimadok
        April 16, 2018, 3:05 pm

        Hurray!
        But wait, free from whom? Israel oppression, Lebanese oppression, Jordanian oppression, Egypt oppression?
        Please specify the oppression here.

  8. Ossinev
    Ossinev
    April 16, 2018, 2:03 pm

    @Dimadok
    ” Please include their opinions on the closing of Hungarian border upon the surge of infiltrators and refugees from the Middle East and Asia”
    Hey your whataboutery hasberadashery has now moved into the EU. Is that because Hasbara Central has sent out a new instruction for operatives to avoid references to human rights abuses in Asian and African States? The Yahoo after all is desperately trying to cosy up to them.And of course a what about Syria reference would now be considered passe and Zios are desperate not to be seen as passe.

    Having said all that and in the spirit of trying to keep you reasonably sane I recommend that you confer with your HB controller regarding ongoing references to Hungary which is led by a Crypto – Nazi Orban who surprise surprise the Yahoo is also cosying up to.

    As for those 9,000 rockets ( souped up fireworks) fired from a Ghetto not dissimilar to the Warsaw version , well since 2001 the toll for poor eternally threatened eternally victimised Zioland has been truly horrendous( not).And it has been particularly horrendous (not) during the Land Day demonstrations when not a single “rocket ” has been fired and the heroic and increasingly “moral” IDF have shot and killed 34 unarmed demonstrators and shot and wounded hundreds of other unarmed demonstrators. Well after all heavily armed eternally threatened goons deserve some live fire fun days out if only to relieve the tedium of snatching 10-12 year olds from their beds at 3.00 a.m.

    As for the horrifying impact of all those 9,000 fireworks:

    Apparently 0.04 percent of Israelis die from peanut allergies.

    Israel’s population is around 8 million. Around 6 million of which are Jewish.

    0.04% percent of 6,000,000(jewish population only) is 2,400.

    The percentage of Israel’s that die from Hamas Rockets is less than 0.00052%, using only the Jewish population.

    As you yourself has said for Zios the strategy for their version of the Warsaw ghetto
    ” is focused on containment and threat elimination”

    I.E. Extermination unfortunately is off the menu so we will have to make do with starving them,depriving them of water, electricity and medications and regularly bombing and killing them to vent our frustration at not being able to finally solve the problem they represent.

    Tick tick

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