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Heralded by Palestinians as ‘angel’ and ‘merciful martyr,’ Razan Al-Najjar is an afterthought in western press

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Let’s say Hamas fired a rocket that killed a young Israeli nurse while she was tending to the wounded from earlier rockets. Is there any doubt that the mainstream media would cover her death extensively, with photos, and interviews with friends and family?

But when Israeli snipers murdered a 21-year-old Palestinian nurse named Razan Al-Najjar yesterday, the mainstream media was nearly silent. Today’s New York Times print edition only includes her as an afterthought, in a report by the usually reliable Rick Gladstone about Israel’s latest defeat at the United Nations. Gladstone’s article notes only that “A 21-year-old Palestinian health worker was killed. . .”  Gladstone’s editors could not be bothered to add her name, or to change the passive sentence to report who actually killed her.

By mid-morning in New York, the Times did start to rectify its error. A report went up, datelined KHUZAA, Gaza Strip, that includes basic background about this remarkable young woman, including an interview with her father, Ashram. A photograph shows desperate Gazans trying to carry her body to safety after the Israeli sniper shot her. The report did include a no comment from Israel’s military spokesman, Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, who is normally voluble when he is inventing violence by Gazans.

The Times’s report also has a 2-minute video interview it did with Razan Al-Najjar last month. The interview is powerful, and painful to watch. But it concentrates on whether, as a woman, she has any difficulty doing her job as a health worker. She does get to say that she and the other resisters in Gaza are showing the world that “without weapons we can do anything.”

Other mainstream media outlets have so far missed the Razan Al-Najjar story almost entirely. The Washington Post reported absolutely nothing. The Guardian buried a brief wire service report on its website. The BBC, somewhat surprisingly, also had nothing about Razan Al-Najjar, although it did report that the International Committee of the Red Cross is sending two surgical teams to Gaza to help with the “unprecedented health crisis.” While National Public Radio today allowed an Israeli to ascribe the Gaza killings to Hamas, and failed to mention the latest victim.

On the plus side, social media worldwide is telling some of the missing truths about Razan Al-Najjar. As of this morning, 111,000 tweets had already mentioned her name. Notably, Israeli parliamentarian Ayman Odeh tweeted that an “angel’s life” was taken and highlighted Israeli claims that every bullet its snipers fired can be accounted for.

Palestinian accounts are lionizing al-Najjar, saying her name will never be forgotten. From Palestine Live:

“Princess of Return”, Razan Al-Najjar. A name and a story that will be remembered for generations to come as the youngest dedicated Palestinian paramedic whose worry was to save lives. On 1st June 2018 she was targeted by an israeli sniper.

Palestinian media also showed a photograph of her mother clutching her bloodstained medic’s coat, and calling al Najjar a “merciful martyr.”

Razan al-Najjar’s mother clutching her paramedic coat, stained with her blood and that of other protesters, June 2, 2018. From Palestine Live.

And this tweet from march organizers mocking Israeli claims that it would investigate the killing:

Israeli sick logic: It did not happen. If it did, it was not us. If it was us he/she was a terrorist. If he/she is not a terrorist, the bullet strayed. If the bullet did not stray, then Hamas is to blame.

UPDATE: Here, from Haaretz, is a video that seems to show Razan Al-Najjar and other Gazan medics approaching the border with their hands in the air when she was murdered:

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Thanks, James. Blessings to Razan Al-Najjar’s mother and father and her family, both immediate and extended (all of Gaza). Omar’s painting is breathtaking. Eerily, it bears a striking resemblance to Razan’s mother clutching her bloody paramedic coat…… I appreciate this very much: “Israeli sick logic: It did not happen. If it did, it was not us. If it was us he/she was a terrorist. If he/she is not a terrorist, the bullet strayed. If the… Read more »

You will never be forgotten Razan Al-Najjar. Your incredible courage and love for humanity inspires us all.

@just “Israeli sick logic: It did not happen. If it did, it was not us. If it was us he/she was a terrorist. If he/she is not a terrorist, the bullet strayed. If the bullet did not stray, then Hamas is to blame.” An excellent summation. I would perhaps also add the Zio default”war zone justification” https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2010/09/201098123618465366.html Razan Al – Najjar RIP should be seen as a Palestinian Anne Frank. There will hopefully in due… Read more »

Watch Nikki Hayley get humiliated at the UN, after she begged for support for the US resolution, blaming Hamas for the suffering of the Palestinians, not mentioning the brutality of the occupiers. She truly deserved this. The US is now like a pariah nation, the world has given the US a strong message. The Trump administration has made it worse by handing Jerusalem over to the occupiers by moving it’s embassy over there. Nikki Hayley… Read more »

@Kay24
“Watch Nikki Hayley get humiliated at the UN, after she begged for support for the US resolution, blaming Hamas for the suffering of the Palestinians, not mentioning the brutality of the occupiers”

She must be doubly frustrated as she didn`t get the chance to threaten those who did not toe her Zio bent and bought line(see and listen from 03.51 onwards)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=981PGehcrjM

What a shallow vile creature.