December 4, 2001
Dear NPR News,
It seems that because 26 Israelis were killed, you have become even more
hysterical than the Israeli media. In particular, you have apparently
stopped reporting on Palestinians killed by Israeli attacks.
This morning, neither Peter Kenyon's news spot on the 7 AM ET news cast,
nor Linda Gradstein's report on Morning Edition mentioned that at least
three Palestinians, including one child have been killed today in Israeli
vengeance attacks and that a number of Palestinian school children were
injured when American-built and bought Israeli F-16's bombed their school
in Gaza City.
The French news agency reported this morning that:
"A 25-year-old member of Palestinian preventative security, Mohammed Ahmed
Siam, and a 15-year-old student were killed when F-16s bombarded the
preventative security headquarters in northern Gaza City, said the head of
the emergency department at the Al-Shifa hospital here, Mowia Abu
Hasaneen. He added that many of the wounded were students because the
headquarters was located across the street from a school, which was being
let out for the day." (AFP, Israeli air strikes kill two Palestinians in
Gaza, December 4)
The Associated Press account of the same incident said that:
"In the Gaza Strip, two Palestinians were killed in an Israeli missile
attack on a security installation, doctors said. The rockets sent hundreds
of school children running for cover. Some were bundled into ambulances,
while others stumbled as they tried to get away. "Sharon has declared war
on us. God help up," said Ayman Abdul Jawad, 13, running in the street
with friends, blood on his head." (AP, Israeli missiles hit near Arafat's
office in West Bank, strike building near Gaza school, December 4, 2001)
The agency reported that more than 200 other people were treated for
shock. Al-Jazeera showed schoolchildren running and screaming in panic as
explosions covered them with dust.
Earlier, 28 year-old Ahmjad Tubaseh a member of Fatah was shot in the head
and killed by Israeli occupation forces near Nablus according to another
report from AFP.
On Monday five Palestinians were shot dead by Israeli occupation forces in
two separate incidents, another fact that NPR simply shelved.
In addition to these deadly attacks--which are ongoing--Israeli tanks
entered the Palestinian cities of Ramallah and Al-Bireh.
NPR's shocking failure to report these facts as well as its continued
propaganda broadcasts by Daniel Schorr are a shameful and unacceptable
indictment of any claim you pretend to objectivity.