It is becoming increasingly obvious that Israel and its partisans in
the American press have reverted to old form. The flagship of the Israel
Firsters, the vaunted New York Times, reads like regurgitated news items
from the old days when all Palestinians were branded as terrorists.
The Israelis and their advocates are administering more punishment to
the Palestinians in the hope that the Palestinians will cave in to Israel's
imperial demands. Barak increasingly sounds like an old Zionist bigot who
believes Israel can beat the natives into submission or make them vanish
or just ignore them. In tandem, the New York Times, a daily ethnic paper
that caters to a large Jewish readership, is doing its bit to bash the
There is the deliberate redundancy of the old familiar lines about Palestinian
children intercepting Israeli bullets with their brain tissue just to spite
the Jews. To accompany the slanted news and the acerbic editorials demonizing
the Palestinians, the Anti-Defamation League pitches in with a few recycled
canards about Palestinians 'putting children in front of snipers' and 'fanatic
religious leaders' (ADL ad on 11/19/2000).
The strategy of the Israel Firsters is simple. Let Israel do whatever
it wants and the Israel First crowd will handle any public relations fallout
in the United States. With enough volume, you can reduce the whole matter
to Palestinians being enamored with 'Violence'.
Instead of getting "all the news that's fit to print" one is driven to
fits by the constant mantra about 'The Violence'. Israeli snipers shoot
for the head with live ammunition and then the IDF issues a press release
about 'The 'Violence'. At the New York Times, the press release is duly
reprinted, accompanied by a Safire editorial (NYT, 11/20/2000) citing 'usually
reliable intelligence sources'. What Safire fails to mention is the nationality
of his 'reliable sources' . He prays you will think of the CIA in Langley.
More likely, he is citing the Mossad in Manhattan.
Safire rants on about 'a daring provocation within what Israel considers
its territory'. As a bit of insurance, Safire chooses his words carefully
when describing what is in fact Israeli occupied Lebanese real estate.
Safire refers to the 'gut-wrenching film of the boy dying in a crossfire'.
A crossfire? Isn't it amazing how IDF fiction becomes fact at the New York
Times, the daily ruse. They would have readers believe that it was only
that one 12 year old Palestinian kid who was shot by error. Out of 200
killed and 7000 injured is it statistically possible that only one unfortunate
child caught on camera was IDF over-kill? The inference is that the thousands
of other Palestinians deserved to be killed or maimed.
Safire writes of a campaign 'to sacrifice Palestinian women and children,
opening the possibility for a stray Israeli shell to inflict horrific tragedy'.
This vile bit of ink came on the same day that Israel launched a massive
air and sea assault against the densely populated Gaza in which 80 civilians,
many of them children, were injured.
Make no mistake, the New York Times is a carefully crafted daily paper.
When they make a mistake, it is usually corrected. When they repeat a mistake,
they have an agenda. The unbridled pro-Israeli advocacy, often zealous
and sophomoric, is enough to remind one that the New York Times is just
another ethnic provincial paper in the largest Jewish city in the world.
Certainly, when it comes to reporting all matters Palestinian, the New
York Times is a ready and willing media outlet specializing in promoting
Israel's agenda. Their Middle East coverage cannot stand the scrutiny of
the historical record. More than any other American publication and for
the better part of a century, this particular ethnic publication has promoted
the Zionist cause with callous disregard for the fate of the Palestinians.
This Second Intifadah is no different from the first Palestinian uprising.
It is an uprising by a population resisting thirty-three years of violent
Israeli Foreign occupation. That is the simple story being obscured by
the New York Times, the daily ruse.