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‘The New York Times’ parrots Israeli brigadier general on Gaza attack

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Documenting New York Times pro-Israel bias in its coverage of Gaza is tiresome but necessary. In today’s print edition, the paper’s first sentence claims that Israel’s latest aerial assault on the open-air prison territory started “after a Palestinian sniper killed an Israeli soldier along the border fence.”

Hold on. If you read down to the 20th paragraph, you eventually learn that a day earlier, Israel had killed a Hamas “militant” in southern Gaza. You didn’t read it in the Times, but Hamas immediately denounced what it called a “cold-blooded crime” and promised retaliation.

So in fact, it was Israel, not the Gazans, who triggered the latest escalation.

Chronic bias continues throughout the article. The Times takes 3 paragraphs of dictation from an Israeli brigadier general, and, for good measure, adds another paragraph from a lower-level military mouthpiece. But the paper found no room to interview people like Ayman Odeh, the respected Palestinian leader in the Israeli parliament, who counseled restraint. You have to turn to Haaretz to see that Odeh said:

The residents of Gaza have been crying for months under the Israeli siege, and the government has failed to understand that more attacks and fighting will only broaden the bloodbath. This is the time to talk about Israel’s responsibility for Gaza and for justice.

There is more. The Times quotes Israel’s military as claiming that the “dozens of sites” its warplanes hit yesterday  were military targets. The report notes that two of its journalists, Iyad Abuheweila and Ibrahim El-Mughraby, “contributed reporting” from Gaza City. So where is their “reporting?” Send them out to confirm or deny that Israel is telling the truth about military targets.

The paper also says that “Israelis’ nerves have also been frayed by a plague of wildfires set by flaming kites and balloons launched from Gaza into southern Israel .  .  . “

Fine — but why not ask its two reporters in Gaza City to find out the state of Gazans’ nerves as warplanes strike their neighborhoods again and drones hover over their rooftops?

Distortion even applies to one of the photos alongside the article, which purports to show Gazan protesters as they “try to move part of the border fence.” In fact, the barbed wire in the picture is almost certainly within Gazan territory, and the actual “border fence” is a much more sturdy barrier with Israeli snipers perched atop it — the same snipers who have already murdered 140 Gazans and wounded 4000 more.

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  1. Maghlawatan
    Maghlawatan
    July 21, 2018, 2:22 pm

    THE NYT chose Israel, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer.
    Israel is a monster.

  2. Don
    Don
    July 21, 2018, 3:49 pm

    “Hold on. If you read down to the 20th paragraph, you eventually learn that a day earlier, Israel had killed a Hamas “militant” in southern Gaza. You didn’t read it in the Times, but Hamas immediately denounced what it called a “cold-blooded crime” and promised retaliation.”

    “So in fact, it was Israel, not the Gazans, who triggered the latest escalation.”

    This is almost always the case…

    Reigniting Violence: How Do Ceasefires End?
    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/nancy-kanwisher/reigniting-violence-how-d_b_155611.html

  3. eljay
    eljay
    July 21, 2018, 4:50 pm

    … The paper also says that “Israelis’ nerves have also been frayed by a plague of wildfires set by flaming kites and balloons launched from Gaza into southern Israel . . . “ …

    The rapist’s nerves have been frayed by a plague of slaps, punches, scratchings and attempted stabbings launched by his chained, beaten and raped victims.

    He continues to do his best to beat and rape his victims into submission pursue “peace”, but aggressor-victimhood is a very tough gig…  :-(

  4. Bumblebye
    Bumblebye
    July 21, 2018, 7:40 pm

    I doubt the NYT reported on this either:

    “Rabbi Eli Ben Dahan will serve as Israel’s next deputy defence minister; among other pearls of wisdom he has spewed forth comes the following, (brace yourselves):
    “The Palestinians aren’t educated towards peace, nor do they want it. To me, they are like animals, they aren’t human.””

    So things will likely only get worse for all Palestinians.

    (Gawd, that checkbox is a darn nuisance)

    • Talkback
      Talkback
      July 22, 2018, 2:08 am

      Well, to become the deputy “defence” minister in this theocratic Apartheid Junta you should at least see goyim as non human. Even better, if religious education tells you so and you are a “rabbi”, which is someone the nonjewish world could easily mistake for being someone who is by definition humane and spiritual.

      “Most Jewish first-graders attend ultra-Orthodox and religious schools. The majority of them are educated along the lines of “The King’s Torah.” A Jew is human. A non-Jew is non-human. “Thou shalt not kill” does not apply to non-Jews. And this is not delivered in the form of incitement, but as a simple statement of a fact. As simple as calling a chair a chair.”
      https://www.haaretz.com/1.5128683

      Makes it much easier for a deputy “defence” minister to support the killing of Nonjews not only for “secular” fun.

    • Mooser
      Mooser
      July 22, 2018, 12:54 pm

      “(Gawd, that checkbox is a darn nuisance)”

      I think that checkbox is my fault, sorry. I sent an e-mail (using the “About” page direct e-mail box) noting the ‘underscore glitch’, which eliminates the comment archive for any commenter who (inadvertently or not) includes an underscore ( _ ) in their user or screen name.
      And then the checkbox appeared. Guess we’ve got to like it or lump it.

  5. JWalters
    JWalters
    July 21, 2018, 10:37 pm

    “Documenting New York Times pro-Israel bias in its coverage of Gaza is tiresome but necessary.”

    Thanks for slogging through it. This documentation is very important. It will help us climb out of this era of oligarchy news control, and find a way to prevent it in the future. I too feel weary sometimes of this stupid, needless fight imposed on us. But then when I’m rested, I go enthusiastically into the fray against injustice. Turns out that’s what motivated Washington’s army, fighting in snow in their bare feet.

  6. Talkback
    Talkback
    July 22, 2018, 2:11 am

    “The paper also says that “Israelis’ nerves have also been frayed by a plague of wildfires set by flaming kites and balloons launched from Gaza into southern Israel . . . “

    Never read in NYT that the occupied Palestinians were frayed by any Zionist plague. Especially not the plague that Zionism is.

  7. echinococcus
    echinococcus
    July 22, 2018, 2:16 am

    Rabbi Eli Ben Dahan will serve as Israel’s next deputy defence minister…
    “The Palestinians aren’t educated towards peace, nor do they want it. To me, they are like animals, they aren’t human.”

    Coming from the Man of God of a state that has a Man of God manning the Ministry of Genocide and War, that opinion is worth its weight in gold.

    (Gawd, that checkbox is a darn nuisance)

    I welcome it: it gives the pips to Johnny S, the Left-Z History Teacher.

  8. niass2
    niass2
    July 22, 2018, 11:59 pm

    That’s ridiculous. However I didn’t know that because my parents and I and also my wife no longer read the NYT. Seems the paper isn’t worth anything now, and the in laws also stopped reading it so I don’t see their used copy when I visit on Sundays. Biased reporting on I/P and garbage otherwise. Even the inlaws won’t read it anymore, and they’re pretty damn conservative…..

  9. Misterioso
    Misterioso
    July 23, 2018, 10:44 am

    Meanwhile:

    1.
    Videos:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2dSdIm-reoPalestinian bella ciao

    Palestinian bella ciao

    2.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txJbMSQf8vQ

    “Palestinian Dabke dancers confronting apartheid Israel snipers during the Great March of Return” July 1/18

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