It took a visiting New York Times reporter from Cairo to finally tell some truths about Israel’s ongoing massacre of Palestinian demonstrators inside Gaza. Meanwhile, the paper’s Israel correspondents continue to distort and whitewash.
Declan Walsh came over from Egypt into Gaza ahead of today’s massive demonstrations, expecting “an uneventful evening” on Sunday. Instead, distant Israeli snipers, “barely visible in their fortified perches,” opened fire at a group of Palestinian women right in front of him, and then shot again, hitting one of them, Alaa Asawafiri, in the stomach. Her brother told Walsh: “She wasn’t holding a stone. So what’s the excuse for shooting her?” Walsh checked with the Israeli army mouthpiece, Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus: “In a text message he said he could not find any trace of the shooting.”
Multiply Declan Walsh’s eyewitness account by 42 and you have the death toll so far today, with another astounding 2,000 wounded. Once again, not a single Israeli has suffered as much as a scratch.
But Walsh’s Times colleagues who are based in Israel continue their usual coverup. Today’s online report says only that the Gaza demonstrations “turned violent,” as Israeli soldiers “responded with rifle fire.” Again, that’s not what Declan Walsh saw. He witnessed peaceful women protesters, well inside Gaza, shot down by distant snipers without any provocation.
Today’s online Times article also dwells on the supposed danger to Israel: “The Israeli military said some in the crowds were planting or hurling explosives, and many were flying flaming kites into Israel.” In the Times, the killer kites get as much coverage as the dead and injured Palestinians. Why didn’t the Jerusalem bureau just call their colleague Declan Walsh, who was on the scene?
The Times bias even stands out in its headline: “At Least 37 Palestinians Die in Protests as U.S. Prepares to Open Jerusalem Embassy”
The Times then reinforces its distortion with its sub-headline: “Protests on Gaza border turn bloody.”
This Media Malpractice cannot be an accident. The Washington Post did not try and hide the perpetrators behind the passive voice. The Post: “Israelis kill dozens of Palestinians in Gaza protesting U.S. move to Jerusalem”
UPDATE: A few hours later, the Times did change the main headline on its story, as its editors suddenly discovered the active voice. It now reads:
“Israel Kills Dozens at Gaza Border as U.S. Embassy Opens in Jerusalem”
Widespread online protest and angry ridicule about the NYT’s first headline must have gotten noticed.