Another New York Times Journalistic Malpractice Case. Again, Libeling Israel

(Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs) Lenny Ben-David - On April 16, 2022, the New York Times decried the Israeli "killings" of 14 Palestinians "in response" to attacks that killed 14 Israelis. Seemingly, a case of tit-for-tat. However, the vast majority of the 14 Palestinians were armed terrorists. Raja Abdulrahim's April 16 article, entitled "Palestinians Decry Israeli Raids as Collective Punishment," dripped with empathy and photographs of Palestinian civilians, particularly mothers and children, who fear Israeli counterterrorist raids. She reported that Mohammad Zakarneh, 16 (17, by most accounts), was killed "heading home to break his Ramadan fast," while omitting that Palestinian Islamic Jihad tweeted a picture of him wearing a PIJ headband and holding a photo of himself with an assault rifle. How can the Times ignore the many armed terrorists, members of Palestinian terrorist organizations, when their local obituaries include the fighters' pictures in uniform or with weapons? Abdulrahim's article includes a photo of a martyrs' wall in Jenin, taken by a Times photographer. The caption of the photo claims that "some are civilians." But upon enlarging the picture, not one civilian can be found. All 14 poster obituaries showed the dead men holding weapons or belonging to various terrorist organizations or standing in Jerusalem to defend the Al Aqsa Mosque. The writer served 25 years in senior posts in AIPAC in Washington and Jerusalem, and as Israel's Deputy Chief of Mission in Washington.

2022-04-25 00:00:00

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