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New York Times reporter David M. Halbfinger didn’t know whether the demonstrations in Gaza were “peaceful protests or violent riots.”  So he embedded himself with Israeli snipers poised on the perimeter of Gaza concentration camp to find out (“At Gaza Protests: Kites, Drones, Gas, Guns and the Occasional Bomb,” June 8, 2018).

One might suppose if he wanted an answer to that question, the obvious place to go would be among the demonstrators.  But never mind.

According to human rights organizations, the weekly Gaza demonstrations have been overwhelmingly nonviolent.  But from day one, Halbfinger and his Times colleagues have recurrently portrayed them as armed confrontations in which Israeli snipers return the fire of protesters.  They rely on official Israeli statements that are quoted without demurral, without further investigation, and without independent corroboration from, say, human rights monitors:

The Israelis said they also exchanged fire with two gunmen across the fence (March 30, 2018);

Israel . . . said others had thrown firebombs at its soldiers . . . . Israel’s Kan Radio reported that at least eight attempts were made to plant explosives along the fence (April 7);

Colonel Conricus said there had been . . . several attempted attacks in which Palestinians hurled explosives, including a pipe bomb, at Israeli soldiers. . . . Palestinian journalists memorialized Yasser Murtaja, a colleague killed during the protests a week earlier. The Israeli military said he was an officer in the military wing of Hamas (April 13);

Israel said . . . it had repulsed several unsuccessful attempts by Hamas to have armed fighters slip across into Israel and wreak havoc . . . At least three separate squads of armed fighters “tried to use the commotion and smoke and dynamics of the riots as concealment, and then launched an attack on the fence,” said Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, a spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces.  One Israeli soldier was wounded by shrapnel from what was believed to be an explosive device, he said, and a variety of explosives were hurled at the Israelis by Palestinians. There had been “numerous shots” fired at Israeli soldiers, the army said (May 14);

The army provided new details on Tuesday about Monday’s confrontation to bolster its contention that the Gaza demonstration was no innocent protest but what commanders called a “terrorist operation” orchestrated by Hamas. Eight of the dead, the army said, were armed Hamas militants in civilian clothes who tried to storm the fence in northern Gaza and attacked Israeli forces with grenades and pipe bombs before being killed in a shootout.  A photograph showed what the military said was an Israeli battalion commander’s armored vehicle pockmarked with Kalashnikov fire.  Another three militants were killed while laying an explosive device in the south, the army said. . . . [T]he armed Hamas force in the north emerged from the crowds and attacked a patrol vehicle and five of their positions, including those of snipers perched on sand berms along the fence. They said they killed four militants in the first contact, then another four arrived in a jeep. As soon as the militants opened fire, they said, the civilian protesters fled the area. The episode ended after a 20-minute exchange of fire (May 15);

Though the protests were initially billed as nonviolent, the Israelis say they have repeatedly discovered grenades and other explosives along the fence, and that Palestinians have sometimes thrown firebombs at their soldiers, not just rocks (May 15);

On Sunday, Israel shelled an Islamic Jihad observation post in southern Gaza, killing three members of the group. The Israeli military said it was a response to an explosive being planted the night before along the security fence dividing Gaza from Israel. The bomb, hidden in a pair of wire cutters, exploded as sappers neutralized it remotely (May 29);

The latest escalation in violence occurred after weeks of deadly protests, arson attacks and armed clashes along Gaza’s border with Israel. . . . The Israeli military said that the strike had been in response to the planting of an explosive the night before along the security fence dividing Gaza from Israel (May 30);

Thousands of Palestinians took part in what the Israeli military described as violent riots at five locations along the security fence, burning tires and throwing stones. One Israeli army vehicle was fired on and Palestinians planted a grenade that exploded on the Israeli side of the fence, the military said (June 2).

If the Israeli military says it, then it must be true.  Q.E.D.

One might suppose that, if in the course of 10 weeks of protests, only one Israeli has incurred a scratch, it would give Times reporters pause.  One might also suppose that the repeated flagrant lies by Israeli officials[1] would arouse the skepticism of Halbfinger and his Times colleagues.  One might also suppose that the Times wouldn’t report accusations against Israel based exclusively and entirely on what “Hamas said.”  But never mind.

Didn’t Halbfinger himself personally observe these violent clashes on his harrowing mission?  The headline provocatively highlights that he witnessed among the protesters “Guns and the Occasional Bomb.”

Surveying the damage caused by Gaza’s incendiary kites, Halbfinger reports sighting “vast stretches of scorched earth,” “smoldering fields,” “plumes of smoke billowing from farmland,” “hundreds of acres . . . torched,” while additionally noting that “losses to Israeli agriculture from flaming kites have been immense,” and “for Israel’s firefighters, it’s a strange, haunting, and seemingly endless new challenge.”

One might suppose Halbfinger is eyewitness to the Russian scorched-earth retreat during the War of 1812 or World War II.  Except that Israel appraised damage from the fires at around $1.4 million, or less than the average price of two homes in Brooklyn, New York (where I reside).  But never mind.

Let’s return, instead, to the “Guns and the Occasional Bomb.” Halbfinger reports that “Israel has observers watching, filming and videotaping the protests through scopes, long lenses, and cameras mounted on vehicles, drones and hovering overhead on tethered balloons.”

Surveillance balloon used by Israel, this one in Hebron, 2017. Photo by Tom Suarez.

One might suppose Israel has collected footage aplenty of Hamas guns ablazing at the protests.  Oddly, it hasn’t posted any.  But never mind.

Didn’t Halbfinger himself see, per the Times headline, the armed protesters with his own two eyes?  Here, however, is the sum total of his eyewitness testimony:

We heard live fire several times. He [sic] also heard the loud explosion of what officers said was one of four improvised grenades or bombs thrown at Israeli troops today.

In a word, Halbfinger saw nothing, neither “guns” nor “the occasional bomb.”

The most exhaustive study to date of the protests, “Debunking Myths about the Gaza Protests,” exposes the Times’ mendacity.  The researchers found that “Although a couple of isolated violent incidents occurred far away from the perimeter fence, none of the numerous witnesses we contacted had seen even a single ‘armed protestor’ or any armed individual approaching the perimeter fence . . . . Israel has presented no credible evidence of armed protestors or armed attacks.”

Human Rights Watch reports only two instances where it is alleged (by a solitary witness) that protesters might have carried or used a pistol, while Amnesty International flatly concludes that it has “not seen evidence of the use of firearms by Palestinians against Israeli soldiers during the protests.”

David M. Halbfinger imagines this is the first time he’s embedded himself with the Israeli concentration camp guards.  He’s blissfully oblivious to the fact that he and his Times colleagues have been in bed with them all along.

[1] See Norman G. Finkelstein, Gaza: An Inquest into Its Martyrdom (Oakland: 2018).

Norman G. Finkelstein

Norman G. Finkelstein received his doctorate in 1988 from the Department of Politics at Princeton University. He taught political theory and the Israel-Palestine conflict for many years and currently writes and lectures. Finkelstein's books have been translated into 50 foreign editions. His latest is "Gaza: An Inquest Into Its Martyrdom" (University of California Press, January 2018).

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  1. Boomer on June 14, 2018, 11:14 am

    Our “newspaper of record” whose motto is, “all the news that’s fit to print.”

    When I was young, I didn’t understand the implications of the motto. Or the power that arises from being the record-keeper.

  2. eljay on June 14, 2018, 2:27 pm

    New York Times reporter David M. Halbfinger didn’t know whether the demonstrations in Gaza were “peaceful protests or violent riots.” So he embedded himself with Israeli snipers poised on the perimeter of Gaza concentration camp to find out …

    One might suppose if he wanted an answer to that question, the obvious place to go would be among the demonstrators. …

    Perhaps he did want an answer but didn’t want to get a “most moral”, “Jewish State” bullet put into him just for standing on the “Jew hatred” side of the prison fence.

  3. Kay24 on June 14, 2018, 4:10 pm

    So who believes the zionists anymore? It certainly looked like the majority in the world does not, going by the last votes at the UN. It seems their Prime Minister lies, is corrupt, and being investigated, their officials lie, and their military also lies. They are also known for being deceitful even recently, when they doctored a tape showing a young medic who was killed brutally by the IDF, in a negative light, to justify her killing, and then they admitted it was doctored. Lying is second nature to them. Unfortunately they have made sure their lying voices are loud, through their apologists who work as writers, and journalists, in the zionist media.
    These journalists have lost all credibility, because their loyalties to Israel are stronger than their sense of professionalism, and fairness.

  4. jon s on June 14, 2018, 4:26 pm

    The photo above the caption looks to me like white phosphorous. What is the relevance here?

    • Mooser on June 14, 2018, 7:19 pm

      “What is the relevance here?”

      I’ll make a wild guess and say that the relevance comes from Israel lying about the use of white phosphorus.

      In any case it looks like the top of the photo here in the Ramadan Leaflets article That would be Israeli tear gas.

    • inbound39 on June 14, 2018, 9:18 pm

      jon s white phosphorous shells are specifically an illumination shell for night battles to illuminate the ground. They are banned from use as an offensive weapon like Israel uses them and they are certainly not for use on civilians. If white phosphorous is being used in daylight then it undoubtedly points to illegal use of said weapon.

      • Kay24 on June 15, 2018, 5:58 am

        Let us not forget that the zionists have used some banned weapons on civilians, like DIME on Palestinians, and cluster bombs in Lebanon, which resulted in children being killed for months afterwards. They are ruthless, and evil.
        History has shown that such evil has a bad ending.

      • jon s on June 17, 2018, 5:25 pm

        I see that I was mistaken, it’s tear gas, not white phosphorus.

      • Mooser on June 17, 2018, 6:14 pm

        “I see that I was mistaken, it’s tear gas, not white phosphorus.” “Jon s”

        Yes, but thanks for letting us go over Israel’s use of white phosphorus against people again “Jon s”. It is nasty stuff.

        I’m surprised you couldn’t tell. Doesn’t your IDF reserve medic training didn’t equip you to know the difference? Or was your medical training mostly in marksmanship?

        Sorry your blood libel charge sorta coagulated on you.

    • CigarGod on June 15, 2018, 9:45 am

      Instead of addressing the article, jon s again plays the “look over there” card.
      Why do we keep taking the bait?

      • Mooser on June 15, 2018, 12:30 pm

        “Why do we keep taking the bait?”

        To watch him turn tear gas into white phosphorus. He’s a blunder-working Babbit.

  5. Stephen Shenfield on June 14, 2018, 9:11 pm

    Putting together the quotes from the Israeli military, we get 8 attempts to place explosives, only one of which succeeded (and some of the ‘attempts’ may have been imaginary), 2 gunmen, one vehicle fired on, etc. It doesn’t add up to much even if it’s all more or less true. How many Palestinians engaged in these acts (not counting stone throwers)? A dozen? Two dozen? As compared with tens and hundreds of thousands of peaceful demonstrators. A minuscule proportion. Yet the Israelis frame it as though the demonstrations are just a cover for the ‘terrorists’.

    The Israelis are disseminating propaganda videos that purport to ‘expose’ the violent intentions of Hamas. For instance, one shows an Arabic-language document that supposedly provides guidance to Hamas supporters, with highlighted passages telling them to carry concealed weapons and (if the barrier is breached) kidnap Israelis. But even if such documents are not fabricated, which they well may be, their significance depends on the accuracy of the translation. I don’t read Arabic so how can I judge? These videos circulate widely and do considerable harm. Would anyone who does read Arabic be prepared to help me assess a few of these videos and see what distortions and errors they contain?

  6. Maghlawatan on June 14, 2018, 11:20 pm

    Wallahi al atheem. The Fink on Mondo. I hve loads of his stuff on my bookshelf. Do you come here often? It’s like Lebron at a neighbourhood basketball match.

    He has been documenting the crap for over 30 years. It it always the same lies, dehumanisation and insinuations.
    I think I know his lines from Waterloo U off by heart.

    “Both of my parents were at Majdanek concentration camp. Every single member of my family on both sides was exterminated.Both of my parents were in the Warsaw ghetto uprising. and it was precisely and exactly because of the lessons my parents taught me and my 2 siblings that I will not be silenced when Isael commits its crimes against the Palestinians. .And I consider nothing more despicable than to use their suffering and their martyrdom to try to justify the torture, the brutalisation, the demolition of homes that Israel daily commits against the Palestinians. ”

  7. Maghlawatan on June 15, 2018, 2:35 am

    In WW2 the holocaust didn’t just happen because of the Germans and others who did the killing. American Jews did nothing to help their European co religionists. This has been used to co-opt American elite Jews into the Zionist project for many years. The NYT is in the Hotel California. It can check out but it can never leave. So it ends up publishing nonsense. It is locked in a danse macabre with Zionism, which is now dying.

  8. American Perspective on June 15, 2018, 9:46 am

    Why is there no disclosure about Finkelstein’s ongoing criminal suit where a pro-Palestine UN bureaucrat intervened on his behalf?

    Maybe Captain Underpants makes a good argument here. Maybe a poor argument. But Mondoweiss readers should know that given the criminal charges, and the UN’s unprecedented intervention on his behalf, Finkelstein may have other motivations in presenting a far-right Arab nationalist perspective – such as guaranteeing continued UN intervention in his case.

    If Mondoweiss wants to be taken seriously as the voice of the powerful State of Palestine, it should at least follow basic journalistic conventions about disclosure.

    But then again, Finkelstein’s blog includes headlines such as: “Schmuck, Schnorrer, Schlock, Shmate, Shiksa, Shyster, Shnook, Shlemiel…Shmuel (Rosner)”. Finkelstein LARPed as some kind of a legal advisor on a matrimonial case in Nassau, which ended in tears. His blog posted the following headline about opposing counsel in that case: “THE DISEASED INNARDS OF A ONE-TRICK PONY”.

    So maybe journalist ethics shouldn’t be on the top of Mondoweiss concerns here. The real question is how the mundane “thoughts” of some elderly Yiddishist from Brooklyn (who speaks neither Hebrew nor the various Arabic languages that are common in Palestine) could possibly add to the important debates about the State of Palestine’s military tactics. Does Finkelstein have any experience in cross-border skirmishes which would allow him to bring an informed perspective to this issue?

    • bcg on June 15, 2018, 10:37 am

      @American Perspective: Finkelstein mentions the home demolitions. Tell us about them.

    • Donald on June 15, 2018, 12:22 pm

      Not only that, but some say ( well, so far just me) that DARTH VADER IS NORMAN FINKELSTEIN’S FATHER!!!

      The farce is strong with this one.

      • Donald on June 15, 2018, 12:41 pm

        AP has swiftly gone from being above the petty human rights concerns of lesser mortals to making silly attacks on Finkelstein. Not sure what comes next. Maybe we should place bets.

      • Mooser on June 15, 2018, 2:03 pm

        . “Not sure what comes next.”

        Next comes “AP’s” most effective rhetorical technique, the one which has never failed.
        A profound silence.

      • eljay on June 15, 2018, 9:17 pm

        || Donald Johnson: AP has swiftly gone from being above the petty human rights concerns of lesser mortals to making silly attacks on Finkelstein. Not sure what comes next. Maybe we should place bets. ||

        My money is still on him slinging accusations of anti-Semitism and “Jew hatred” before too long.

      • Mooser on June 17, 2018, 6:24 pm

        “My money is still on him slinging accusations…”

        That comes after the present phase, which is “AP” offering editorial suggestions to Mondoweiss which will make it a better, fairer website. And when those helpful, objective and proven-successful techniques are not immediately adopted, then we get to the accusation slinging.

        Isuggest “American Perspective” read “How to make the case for Israel, and win!”

    • Mooser on June 15, 2018, 12:39 pm

      “If Mondoweiss wants to be taken seriously…/… disclosure.” “American Perspective”

      See the “About” page (linked here).

      Are you at the right website? While this website does cover the state of Palestine, it is not an official organ.

      • annie on June 15, 2018, 12:49 pm

        frankly, it’s doubtful why ap would waste his time posting here if he didn’t take the site seriously. when articles we published a few years ago, are currently being reported in mainstream media or human rights watch, you better believe they take us seriously. the knesset wouldn’t be even be discussing legislation to ban video recordings of israeli soldiers of they didn’t take us, and sites like us, seriously.

    • zaid on June 15, 2018, 5:00 pm


      Israeli Security Forces Repeatedly Ignore Racist Attacks on Palestinian Schoolchildren

    • Eva Smagacz on June 16, 2018, 8:16 am

      This is the case against Norman Finkelstein?
      Where his crime is to speak up for a friend in an acrimonious divorce who not only looses his reputation but is fleeced by the lawyers in the process?

      “However two things caught my attention. First, Dr. Finkelstein claimed there was no evidence of the alleged “countless” episodes of “unspeakable violence at Dr. B.’s hands [that] began back in 1991.” A big claim. Second, counsel claimed fees of $50,000 one afternoon. They then adjourned for lunch only to return with a bill for $80,000. Something was not right.

      The matter then spilled in to the criminal justice arena when Dr. Finkelstein began to confront the lawyers. He informed them of his intention to write an article exposing what in his view was perjured testimony. They did not deny the factual content of the draft he sent them. Rather, the attorneys wrote to Dr. B.’s lawyers and not to Dr. Finkelstein, saying publication would harm him (Dr. B.) personally and professionally. Soon thereafter Dr. Finkelstein was arrested, jailed overnight and made subject to a restraining order. ”


    • on June 16, 2018, 2:06 pm

      AP – What do you get paid to spread hasbara? If you arent being paid, youre missing out – they’re looking for simple minded people like you.

      If you had any intellectual integrity at all (which is more than doubtful) you would critique what Mr. Finkelstein has said or written – refute his claims, point out inaccuracies, offer alternative viewpoints anchored in facts or evidence or reason. Instead your lazy simple mind is wrapped around smearing Mr. Finkelstein in a futile and almost laughable attempt to cast doubt or suspicion on or of his well researched findings. He puts in the time to produce scholarly work – do the same otherwise you look foolish and do more harm to Zionists and other racists than you clearly intend. Be smart and industrious, do your research, at least make it challenging. No one has time for a lazy minded fool, particularly here at Mondo.

    • Shingo on June 17, 2018, 7:02 pm

      The real question is how the mundane “thoughts” of some elderly Yiddishist from Brooklyn (who speaks neither Hebrew nor the various Arabic languages that are common in Palestine) could possibly add to the important debates about the State of Palestine’s military tactics

      In which case, Nikki Haley should STFU at the UN and go away as suggested by Erekat.

  9. Misterioso on June 15, 2018, 11:36 am

    @American Perspective, et al

    Let’s cut to the chase:

    “As mass killings horrify the world, Netanyahu’s circle dwindles” Canada’s Globe and Mail,
    by Doug Saunders, May 15/18

    “’You have made history,’ Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Prime Minister, said to U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday as the two leaders, flanked by a discomfiting alliance of far-right politicians, ultra-Orthodox rabbis and evangelical preachers who have declared that Jews are doomed to burn in hell, officiated over the U.S. embassy’s move to the contested city of Jerusalem.

    “On Tuesday, the world learned just what sort of history had been made. May 15 is known to Palestinians as Nakba (‘Catastrophe’) Day, to mark the 1948 expulsion of Arabs from newly created Israel. On this 70th anniversary, viewers around the world recoiled at a gruesome series of funerals, as Arabs buried some of the about 60 Gaza residents who were killed by Israeli Defence Forces bullets while the two leaders went about the business of congratulating one another.

    “For Mr. Netanyahu, this mixture of human tragedy and empty ceremony was the culmination of a Faustian political bargain, in which he has purchased political support for his right-wing coalition at the price of the world’s respect and his country’s peace and security.

    “If Monday horrified the world, Tuesday drove home the nature of this bargain, as both leaders were all but silent on the killings, and on the scores of other deaths, and thousands of injuries, inflicted by IDF soldiers on Palestinians protesting the embassy move over the past month (there were reports of more killings after the funerals on Tuesday).”

    London Review of Books , Vol. 40 No. 10 · 24 May 2018
    “The Two-State Solution: An Autopsy” By Rabbi/Professor Henry Siegman, former Executive Director of the American Jewish Congress and the Synagogue Council of America.

    “During the latest outbreak of violence in Gaza, Israeli security forces, using high-powered rifles and live ammunition, have killed forty Palestinians (and counting), and wounded more than five thousand. B’Tselem, a leading Israeli human rights group, Human Rights Watch and Reporters Without Borders have all accused Israel’s government and its minister of defence, Avigdor Lieberman, of targeting reporters and mostly unarmed civilians. Lieberman replied that there are ‘no innocent people’ in Hamas-run Gaza.”

    “Lieberman’s opinion of the value of the lives of Palestinians mirrors the view expressed by Ayelet Shaked, Israel’s minister of justice. A year before her appointment in 2015, Shaked posted on her Facebook page an article by Uri Elitzur, a settler leader, in which he said that Israel should target not only militants but the ‘mothers of the martyrs, who send them to hell with flowers and kisses. They should follow their sons, nothing would be more just. They should go, as should the physical homes in which the snakes were raised. Otherwise more little snakes will be raised there.’

    “Shaked is a member of the settlers’ political party, Habayit Hayehudi (the Jewish Home), whose leader, Naftali Bennett, is Netanyahu’s minister of education. In 2013 Bennett said during a cabinet debate: ‘If you catch terrorists, you simply have to kill them.’ When Israel’s national security adviser, Yaakov Amidror, pointed out that this would be illegal, Bennett retorted: ‘I have killed lots of Arabs in my life, and there is no problem with that.’

    Counterpunch, May 16, 2018
    “Kill and Kill and Kill,”by Saree Makdisi
    “The demographer Arnon Sofer of Haifa University is the architect of the current isolation of Gaza. In 2004, he advised the government of Ariel Sharon to withdraw Israeli forces from within Gaza, seal the territory off from the outside world, and simply shoot anyone who tries to break out. ‘When 2.5 million people live in a closed-off Gaza, it’s going to be a human catastrophe,’ Sofer told an interviewer in the Jerusalem Post (11 November 2004); ‘Those people will become even bigger animals than they are today, with the aid of an insane fundamentalist Islam. The pressure at the border will be awful. It’s going to be a terrible war. So, if we want to remain alive, we will have to kill and kill and kill. All day, every day.’ He added that ‘the only thing that concerns me is how to ensure that the boys and men who are going to have to do the killing will be able to return home to their families and be normal human beings.’

    “This imperative to kill and kill and kill human ‘animals’ explains the violence taking place at the gates of Gaza—which has been sealed off precisely according to Sofer’s prescription—for the past several weeks, most calamitously this Monday. The killing now taking place is, in other words, exactly, to the letter, the ‘killing and killing and killing’ he called for fourteen years ago. Calmly premeditated and intentionally designed by its architect, it is equally calmly and intentionally being carried out by Israeli soldiers (about whose psychological traumas I, unlike Sofer, am not even remotely interested). In response to the current killing and shooting, a senior member of the Israeli parliament, Avi Dichter, reassured his audience on live television on Monday that they need not be unduly concerned. Their army, he told them, ‘has enough bullets for everyone.’ If every man, woman and child in Gaza gathers at the gate, in other words, there is a bullet for every one of them. They can all be killed, no problem.

    “Remember Kurtz in Heart of Darkness? ‘Exterminate the brutes!’ The genocidal intent expressed by the likes of Sofer and Dichter—mainstream and senior figures in Israeli politics—is so obvious as to make assiduous interpretation of their words unnecessary. The people of Gaza are exterminable because they are not Jewish: that is what the situation amounts to, not according to critics of the siege of Gaza, but according to its architects, planners, enablers and supporters.”

    • inbound39 on June 15, 2018, 12:04 pm

      Meanwhile back at the El Rancho ICC, Fatou Bensouda sits on her hands and flips through the pages of Israeli War Crime documents and ponders whether or not there is a legitimate case against Israel. When ALL Palestinians are dead she will make some meaningful statement like……”Well we tried to help, but it’s such a complex matter.” It plays out like a very dark comedy.

  10. on June 15, 2018, 3:24 pm

    Thank you Mr. Finkelstein for pointing out the hasbara by a pro Zionist publication. With all the technology and intelligence at their disposal one would think that there would be plenty of clear footage of Palestinian bombs exploding and guns blazing. Instead we get images of Palestinian WMD also known as kites.

    Halbfingered knows he’s being dishonest – he knows what he witnessed was a massacre of innocents but like all Zionists, his lust for Israel and his ZioTribe prevents him from writing the truth.

    Life has to be made unbearable for the Zionists and Israel before any real change can be expected. As it stands now, a military super power is allowed to kill unarmed innocent women and children with complete impunity and support from the west.

  11. Citizen on June 15, 2018, 4:02 pm

    Acts and Omissions of @nytimes: The NYT’s Flawed Coverage of the #Gaza Protest by @NatCounterPunch

    • lonely rico on June 16, 2018, 2:12 pm

      From L. Michael Hager’s letter to the ignominious NY Times –

      Why the insistence that Hamas “organized the protests”? Several on-the-ground observers called the protests mostly unorganized and the huge turnout largely spontaneous– with Hamas merely adding its encouragement and support.

      Seems to me Zionists should be happy that Hamas “organized the protests”. They’ve been bitching forever that Hamas was a terrorist organization, addicted to violence. Now they bitch and moan when Hamas organizes unarmed protests against their criminal and brutal incarceration.

      • Maghlawatan on June 16, 2018, 3:33 pm

        The thing that Zionists are most afraid of is mass Palestinian non violence

      • MHughes976 on June 16, 2018, 3:49 pm

        I think that an event or campaign in such terrible circumstances calls for organisation with the intention of making it serve a rational purpose, in this case that of weakening the blockade. If Hamas is running Gaza it had a duty to attempt this to whatever extent people, who may think that have nothing to lose, listen to its instructions or advice. Whether the blockade was to any significant extent weakened or further discredited we shall see.

  12. Ossinev on June 18, 2018, 9:01 am

    Not to be outdone the UK`s nearest equivalent to Daffy Donald,Boris Johnson, adds his little bit of support to the most victimised country in the history of victimisation:

    Can`t wait for Jeremy to get in and takes the UK out of the Ziozone.

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