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.
editorial and five oped columns on various other manifestations of the
collapse of the Light Unto the Nations into darkness.
The New York Times.
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..