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‘NYT’ coverage of Trump peace plan news quotes 5 pro-Israel voices, 0 Palestinians

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The New York Times covers phase one of the Trump peace plan, an economic “workshop” in Bahrain next month at which the administration is expected to dangle the money it wants to give Palestinians and states neighboring Israel, so that Palestinians will sacrifice their political demands/rights (among them sovereignty on ’67 borders; return of refugees; shared Jerusalem)– a figure said to be $68 billion.

The article quotes No Palestinians. It does include quotes from Aaron David Miller, Jared Kushner, Robert Satloff, Treasury’s Steve Mnuchin, and Brookings pundit Tamara Cofman Wittes. Five (Jewish) Americans, all five of them strong supporters of Israel. (Mnuchin’s background is here.)

Satloff, Wittes, and Miller are all presented as “critics” of the plan, but they are all Zionist critics of the plan. Just different shades of Zionist.

Why? This is racism in journalism before your eyes. The Times clearly has a structural bias against Palestinians. Even as it demonstrates its higher consciousness in other left zones, the newspaper is stuck in the old paradigm on Israel. How else could a newspaper publish four justifications of the killings of nonviolent protesters inside of a few months, as it did last year re Gaza? This would never happen in any other context when a government opens fire on demonstrators. But the Times columnists offered those justifications, in Shmuel Rosner’s case almost a bloodthirsty one, and there was no balance, let alone criticism from the Roger Cohens, David Brookses, and Michelle Goldbergs of the world. Palestinians simply don’t count as full human actors.

The Palestinian Prime Minister released a statement rejecting the economic summit today. He and his cabinet surely were available yesterday. So was Sam Bahour, who writes that Palestine cannot have an economic future without an independent political future, in which construction workers and university graduates will be able to find employment inside a Palestinian state. Diana Buttu, Saeb Erekat, Hanan Ashrawi (who has been denied a visa to travel to the U.S.), Omar Barghouti, Mustafa Barghouti, Haider Eid surely would have spoken to the Times, too. Palestine is truly teeming with sophisticated political actors on a wide range who would have something to say about the implausibility of economic peace. And if the Times says this was an American politics piece, well, there are Palestinians here, too, who have a lot to say. The bottom line here is obvious and disturbing. Palestinians aren’t equals.


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  1. just on May 20, 2019, 3:50 pm

    ” The bottom line here is obvious and disturbing. Palestinians aren’t equals. ”

    I am so irate that the stupid and self- appointed superior people in Israel, the US, the EU and MENA who support Israel day in and day out for nearly a century in some form or another would think that the Palestinians would engage with the scum that are trying to bribe/blackmail them with euros, dollars, shekels, and riyals would ever deign to accept the filthy lucre instead of true autonomy, ROR, peace, respect, justice, and freedom. The US has used the most punishing of tactics toward the Palestinians and folks like Hanan Ashwari, etc. and now suggests that Bahrain should host an economic summit to lead to peace! More absolute BS from the WH. The Friedman/Kushner/etc. supported violent and thieving settlers need to be removed, too. They got there and they can leave. To say it is ‘impossible’ is another steaming pile. Where there is a will, there is a way. …..

    • just on May 20, 2019, 4:46 pm

      Meanwhile, The Guardian published this from Yehuda Shaul on May 17th:

      “Trump’s ‘deal of the century’ hasn’t a hope of bringing peace

      Nothing short of ending ending legal discrimination will make a difference to Israel and Palestine

      Here in Jerusalem, we await publication of Donald Trump’s “deal of the century”, which is expected to be released in the coming weeks. The US president has promised it will bring an end to a century-long conflict between Israelis and our Palestinian neighbours.

      But the Trump administration’s vision for peace looks doomed only to further entrench the occupation, as a recent remark from Jason Greenblatt, Trump’s Middle East peace envoy, demonstrated.

      Greenblatt retweeted a picture posted by Uri Karzen, a leader in the Israeli settler community in the West Bank city of Hebron. The picture showed an iftar celebration in Hebron attended by both Israeli settlers and a few Palestinians. “We are laying the groundwork for peace,” wrote Karzen. Greenblatt, in his retweet, commended the event: “Groundwork for peace indeed!” he wrote. “A wonderful example of what could be possible.”

      As a former Israeli soldier who served in Hebron, the largest Palestinian city in the West Bank, I can say first-hand that it is not a model of coexistence, but rather of segregation.

      Hebron is home to about 230,000 Palestinians. But some 850 Israeli settlers live in the city’s heart. I served as one of 650 combat soldiers permanently stationed in the city in order to protect this small and insular group of settlers.

      In 1994, Baruch Goldstein, from the adjacent Israeli settlement of Kiryat Arba, entered the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron and opened fire on Palestinians during morning prayers, murdering 29 and injuring more than 100. Ostensibly to protect settlers from retaliation by Palestinians after the massacre, the army closed Shuhada Street, the city’s central road, as well as the vegetable, wholesale and meat markets. Closures intensified during the second intifada. In the years that followed, Israeli policies, including closures of main roads and markets, and settler and army violence made Palestinian life in the city unbearable, turning the once vibrant centre into a ghost town.

      It was against this backdrop in 2001-2003 that I found myself serving on the military patrol that accompanied engineers to weld shut the doors of Palestinian homes and shops on Shuhada Street, to close roads for Palestinian vehicular and pedestrian traffic, or turn them “sterile” in the parlance of the Israel Defence Forces (IDF). I can’t forget the graffiti I saw sprayed on some doors: “Arabs to the crematorium”, “Arabs out” or “Revenge” besides Stars of David.

      That racism manifested itself in regular violence: settlers attacked Palestinian pedestrians or neighbours, sometimes even sending their children to do the same. As a soldier, I had orders not to intervene. We were there to protect the settlers, I was told, not the Palestinians. …

      Though Greenblatt uses a joint settler-Palestinian iftar to claim that we are on our path towards peace, that is meaningless when Palestinians still cannot walk on major roads in their biggest West Bank city. Is this the future Greenblatt dreams of for us? Settler violence is still rampant. The more than 100 physical movement obstacles set up by the army inside the city make routine movement a daily ordeal for thousands. Two different legal systems continue to exist in Hebron, as is true throughout the West Bank – one for Palestinians (military law) and one for settlers (civil law).

      The true objectives of more than half a century of Israel’s military occupation over the Palestinians are clearer in Hebron than anywhere else – to achieve Palestinian subjugation in a segregated and unequal reality.

      If we were in 1950s Alabama, would Greenblattsay that a joint meal between white and black people was the way forward? Or would he recognise that the way to achieve equality is to end the legal system of discrimination and ensure the protection of equal rights? Hebron is no different – the only solution is the end to the occupation.”

      Yes, I would like to read or hear about Palestinian voices in the NYT~ Ahed and her father should be given space imho!!! Failing that and recognizing the NYT for their inherent and legendary pro- Israel bias, at minimum they could give space to folks like Shaul, Hass, Levy, Zochrot, et al. Thanks for perusing the NYT. I cannot bring myself to go there regularly as I once did…

      • Misterioso on May 21, 2019, 9:57 am


        “In 1994, Baruch Goldstein, from the adjacent Israeli settlement of Kiryat Arba, entered the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron and opened fire on Palestinians during morning prayers, murdering 29 and injuring more than 100.”

        Your comment brings to mind Rabbi Perin’s eulogy for mass murderer, Baruch Goldstein: “One million Arabs are not worth a Jewish fingernail.” (New York Times, Feb. 28, 1994)

  2. eljay on May 21, 2019, 7:41 am

    … The bottom line here is obvious and disturbing. Palestinians aren’t equals.

    The bottom line is obvious and disturbing: Zionists – be they Jewish or non-Jewish, Israeli or non-Israeli, hard-core or “liberal” – are hateful and immoral hypocrites.

  3. JWalters on May 21, 2019, 3:56 pm

    The New York Times is the leading news outlet in America, and in this article is a stand-in for the entire mainstream media. The immense crimes of Israel are being covered up by the entire mainstream media, not only in the US, but also in Canada, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Australia, and New Zealand, among others.

    Clearly this must be a coordinated effort. It cannot possibly be by chance.

    So the question arises – how is this coordination achieved? And since any widespread coordination requires a coordinating center, who is in that coordinating center? Answering these questions would clarify and simply our picture.

    It is axiomatic in science and engineering, and common sense, that a problem cannot be solved until all the relevant facts are clear. I encourage Phil and Adam to task a couple of reporters with investigating these central questions.

  4. Albert Westpy on May 22, 2019, 2:20 am

    Money talks !

  5. Blake on May 25, 2019, 6:52 pm

    NYT has been conditioning Americans to support the idea of Israel for way longer than Israel has been in existence.

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