Tuesday, April 5, 2016

The New York Times and Israel: All the news except that fit to print.

As I'm now at work on a book on the history of the U.S., Israel, and the Arab-Israeli comment, I will be commenting here only rarely.  But sometimes I can't resist.

The travesty of the New York Times' coverage and opinion pieces on Israel is now so well known that it seems hardly worth mentioning any longer.   Still, every once in a while the farce--actually, the lying by omission--is so blatant something should be said.

In the front page of its April 5th online English language edition:  
        A story on Israel cutting electrical power to Hebron, supposedly  for nonpayment of debts to the Israeli government  (Palestinians have to buy much of their electricity from Israel, since Israel has deliberately destroyed much of the electrical system of the occupied territories).  
         Two stories on the escalating Israeli repression of dissent and dissidents--Jewish dissent, that is.  Repression of the Palestinians, of course, hardly merits any new comments.
         One story ("The Medic as Executioner") about how it was actually an Israeli combat medic--sworn to treat wounded Israelis and Palestinians alike--who in cold blood executed (or rather, murdered)  a disarmed and critically wounded Palestinian attacker.
         One despairing  editorial and five oped columns on various other manifestations  of the collapse of the Light Unto the Nations into darkness. 

The New York Times.  
       On this same date the Times did have one story on Israel: on the efforts of the Israeli army to get former soldiers to return  military "equipment" they had kept when they left the service:  such as old uniforms, sleeping bags, helmets and the like, as well as weaponry. The writer of the story--Isabel Kershner, naturally--comments that the army program sought to play on the "collective nostalgia" of former conscripts..


John Robertson said...

Always value your commentary. Looking forward to publication of that book. Hope it's well advertised.

Jerome Slater said...

Thanks. Me too