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Another distorted ‘NY Times’ report on Gaza focuses on ‘blazing kites’ instead of Israeli snipers

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Another Friday of mass demonstrations in Gaza’s Great March of Return means another effort by the New York Times to distort the truth — and today’s article shows the usual dishonest contortions.

The Times report is mainly about an effort by some of the the Gazan marchers to set kites on fire, and fly them over the border to ignite fields on the Israeli side — what the Times calls a “battle plan” —  that failed because the winds blew in the wrong direction. Fully 21 paragraphs of the article are about the dangerous kites, as are all three photos in both the online and print editions.

But you have to wait until the 7th paragraph to learn that the Israeli army continued yesterday to use its “battle plan” — by firing live ammunition at the Palestinians, wounding 121 of the protesters. There are no photographs of the Israeli snipers or of the wounded Palestinians.

Let’s see how a less biased news outlet covered yesterday’s demonstrations. Here are the first sentences of the Associated Press report:

Black smoke from burning tires mixed with streaks of tear gas fired by Israeli forces on Friday as several thousand Palestinians staged a sixth weekly protest on the Gaza-Israel border. At least 70 Palestinians were wounded by Israeli fire, the lowest casualty toll since the protests began.

The AP — which is hardly a radical news gathering organization — does mention the flaming kites, but not until the 4th paragraph, and it does not dwell on them.

The AP also reports that human rights groups are protesting Israel’s military tactics:

Rights groups say Israeli open-fire regulations are unlawful because they permit troops to use potentially lethal force against unarmed protesters. Israel’s Supreme Court is currently weighing a petition by six rights groups to restrict or ban the use of live fire on the border.

The New York Times nowhere mentions any human rights organizations or the case before the Israeli high court.

Even the Times details about the flaming kites themselves are suspect. The paper says the kites caused “heavy damage” over the past week on the Israeli side of the border, setting crops on fire, including destroying “nearly 400 acres of wheat.” But somehow Times reporters did not visit to inspect this “heavy damage,” and where are the photos of these allegedly blazing wheat fields?

The Times also follows its now standard practice of nowhere reporting that during the weeks of protest not one single Israeli has even been scratched, while the Israeli military has slaughtered more than 40 Gazans and wounded 6000 more.

The Times article did have one valuable interview, with a 26-year-old Gazan kite maker, which begged for follow-up reporting:

“In the beginning we protested peacefully,” said a kite maker who identified himself only by his nickname, Abu Ayed, fearing Israeli retribution. “But when the peaceful resistance is exposed to live fire and violence, it has the right to use simple violent means like hurling stones and burning their farmland. This is self-defense.”

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  1. JLewisDickerson
    JLewisDickerson
    May 5, 2018, 6:32 pm

    RE: “Rights groups say Israeli open-fire regulations are unlawful because they permit troops to use potentially lethal force against unarmed protesters. Israel’s Supreme Court is currently weighing a petition by six rights groups to restrict or ban the use of live fire on the border. ~ North

    MY COMMENT: Passage of the ‘Override Law’ will teach Israel’s Supreme Court to mind its own business and forget about silly notions like human rights for non-Jews!*

    * SEE: ■ “Under cover of Iran, Netanyahu just took three new steps toward fascism”
    • For Israel’s rickety democracy, already shot through with holes, the worst may well be dead ahead
    By Bradley Burston | Haaretz.com | May 1, 2018

    [EXCERPT] . . . A Netanyahu-endorsed bill, coming up for consideration at the beginning of this coming week, may in practice be the closest to enabling fascism. How do we know?

    Because the only Israeli NGO which an Israeli court has actually ruled can be likened in some respects to fascism [i.e., Im Tirtzu], just took out a full-page ad in Israel Hayom, warning that we Israelis – and Netanyahu – had better pass the bill, which has the misleadingly benign name of the Override Law.

    The bill, in its most extreme form, would enable the Knesset to invalidate any decision of the Supreme Court by a 61-vote parliamentary majority. In the near term, rightists hope to use the bill in order deport thousands of African asylum seekers, circumventing court-ordered restrictions. In the longer term, hardliners hope to use the law to enable full legalization and eventual annexation of settlements.

    It is a bill so obvious and dark in intent that Israeli Chief Esther Hayut [Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Israel] personally told the prime minister on Sunday that it constituted “a danger to democracy.” . . .

    SOURCE – https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-under-cover-of-iran-netanyahu-just-took-three-new-steps-toward-fascis-1.6049854

    • pabelmont
      pabelmont
      May 5, 2018, 8:32 pm

      Israel can continue these horribles, horribles to us, but sweet Zionist fulfillment to them, with impunity, because by now all the governments on earth and outside it know about all this and are unwilling for all the usual reasons to act. There is not yet an “S” in “BDS”. And if even one or two governments might, just might, wish to add that “S”, which small-country would wish to oppose mighty USA by being first to do so?

      • guyn
        guyn
        May 6, 2018, 3:23 am

        South Africa, maybe.

    • May 6, 2018, 10:48 pm

      Thanks for bringing that forward – the path to fascism is lined with Zionists it seems.

    • JLewisDickerson
      JLewisDickerson
      May 7, 2018, 5:55 pm

      With each day that passes, Israel becomes more and more like Mad Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud’s absolute monarchy/theocracy, Saudi Arabia!

  2. JWalters
    JWalters
    May 6, 2018, 1:30 am

    “Man the artillary! They’re attacking us with kites! Fire at will! Weekend pass for anyone who kills a kite flyer!”

  3. jon s
    jon s
    May 6, 2018, 10:38 am

    The kites are not innocent toys , they carry fire-bombs and explosive devices and have caused extensive fires.

    And yesterday the “non-violent protesters” damaged the crossing through which supplies are delivered to their own people:
    https://www.timesofisrael.com/in-gaza-setting-fire-to-the-gas-lines-to-fuel-the-flames-of-protest/

    • Mooser
      Mooser
      May 6, 2018, 1:42 pm

      “The kites are not innocent toys , they carry fire-bombs and explosive devices and have caused extensive fires.”

      So that’s what happened in Hawaii! You can supply the missing details to the NYT’s, with pictures!

      “Jon s”, it’s time somebody thanked you. You have done so much to help people make up their minds about Israel and Zionism at Mondo.

      • JWalters
        JWalters
        May 6, 2018, 8:04 pm

        And from kites bearing volcanoes it’s a small step to precision guided, nuclear tipped kites.

      • eljay
        eljay
        May 6, 2018, 8:26 pm

        || JWalters: And from kites bearing volcanoes it’s a small step to precision guided, nuclear tipped kites. ||

        Like all supremacists, jon s is worried about anything – nukes, missiles, burning kites, children with hand-painted signs, or calls for justice and equality – that threatens his preferred brand of supremacism.

      • May 6, 2018, 11:04 pm

        Thank you Jon s – and lets all thank Mooser for noticing Jon s’ value – and lets thank Phil for making such exchanges possible – and lets thank Palestinian kite makers (or manufacturers of weapons of mass destruction as the Zionists call them) for their contributions to the Great March

    • John O
      John O
      May 6, 2018, 2:34 pm

      That’s the terrible thing about asymmetric warfare. Some bright spark in Gaza did a bit of lateral thinking – how about attaching a lightweight Molotov Cocktail to a kite and see what happens.

      What’s happened is that the region’s nuclear power quakes with terror.

      In keeping with recent comments here, I attach some appropriate music:

    • Misterioso
      Misterioso
      May 7, 2018, 11:35 am

      @jon s

      And yet, NOT ONE Jewish soldier has been killed or wounded!!

  4. jon s
    jon s
    May 6, 2018, 3:34 pm

    John O,
    And another bright spark said how about we trash and burn the crossing where supplies are delivered to our own people? That will teach those Zionists a lesson!

    • gamal
      gamal
      May 6, 2018, 4:35 pm

      Yes with 45 dead and not even a scratch suffered the Snipers have won a great victory, its all too easy for the blessed, the world is awed.

      whats a leftist to do when

      “And another bright spark said how about we trash and burn the crossing where supplies are delivered to our own people?”

      i know they are so stupid it must make you laugh so..leftist, like Watts wtf is wrong with these people?

  5. shaun patrick
    shaun patrick
    May 7, 2018, 8:28 am

    The New York times is the mouthpiece of Israel they both want to talk about anything other than Israel’s brutal occupation of 5 million people. Thy hype the Iran threat, they bomb Syria, focus on Abbas’s comments, absolutely anything that will detract from the occupation. Iran’s human rights record is squeaky clean compared to Israel’s. I know of no other country that has 2 million people locked up in a concentration camp and yet despite this the NYT still pushes the “Israel is the victim”narrative

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