Ali Abunimah challenges NPR
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Subject: NPR--Many Palestinians killed, but few are reported
May 9, 2002
Dear NPR News,
Once again NPR has fallen into its old pattern of assiduously and
repeatedly reporting on Israelis killed by Palestinians, but ignoring
the deaths of dozens of Palestinians killed by Israeli occupation
forces. Almost every news bulletin includes a repetition of the
death toll from the recent horrific suicide bombing in Rishon
Letzion, and when four Israeli settlers, including a two-year old
girl were killed in the occupied West Bank last week, NPR included
it in a number of reports.
And yet almost never mentioned are the dozens of Palestinians who
continue to be killed on a daily basis by the Israeli occupation.
To make things easy for you, I have documented the deaths of 22
Palestinians just since the beginning of May, entirely from
wire service reports. Among the dead are 15 unarmed civilians (7
children, 2 women, and 6 men), 2 Palestinian police officers, and 5
alleged 'gunmen.' Hence, as usual, the vast majority of the people
killed are unarmed civilians:
May 1, Rafah, Occupied Gaza:
* Huda Muhammad Shaluf, age 2, was killed by shrapnel wounds to her
head when Israeli tanks fired at her house in Rafah, Gaza. Several
other members of her family were injured.
* Bilal al-Derbi, 22 and Ahmed Abu Khebleh, 21, were killed
after being struck in the head by Israeli machine-gun fire in their
homes before dawn.
* Abdallah Shaluf, 23, was killed by a gunshot to the head while
standing outside his home.
May 2, Rafah, Occupied Gaza:
* Sabha Abu Ghanem, 48, was killed by gunshots to her chest as
Israeli occupation forces mounted on tanks and armed bulldozers
advanced into the town firing heavy machine-guns. Three others,
including another women were injured in the incident.
May 3, Rafah, Occupied Gaza:
* Ibrahim Hamad, 19, died of his injuries two weeks after being hit.
On April 22 he suffered severe injuries to his head when Israeli
tanks shelled Rafah. Two other people were injured in that incident.
May 3, Bethlehem, Occupied West Bank:
* Nidal Ismail, 12, and his brother Abed Khaled Ismail, 10, were
killed by unexploded Israeli ordnance while playing in an abandoned
Palestinian police station which had just been vacated by Israeli
occupation forces. Their 14-year-old brother Noor Ismail lost both
of his legs and a hand in the explosion.
May 3, Nablus, Occupied West Bank:
* Abdel Karim Arja, a member of the Palestinian security forces was
killed by Israeli forces making an incursion into the city.
May 4, Bethlehem, Occupied West Bank:
* Khalas Dajahrah, 35, one of the Palestinians besieged in the Church
of the Nativity was shot in the chest by an Israeli sniper. He died
after being taken to an Israeli hospital. Israel claimed he was a
"highly wanted terrorist."
May 4, Al Qarara, Occupied Gaza:
* Ramzi Ayid, 25, a Palestinian police man, was killed by a gunfire
to his head while standing at his checkpoint, as Israeli tanks bore
down on him.
May 5, Tulkarem, Occupied West Bank:
* Tamer Abu Sirriyeh, age 8, was killed by gunshot wounds to the
chest when Israeli tanks opened fire with heavy machine-guns on a
Palestinian refugee camp near Tulkarem. A 16-year old by was hit in
the head and suffered severe injuries in the same incident.
May 5, Jenin, Occupied West Bank:
* Fatima Ibrahim Zakarneh, 30, and her son Bassem, age 4, and
daughter Abir, age 3, were targeted and killed by Israeli tank fire,
after Israeli occupation forces were reportedly spooked by a
snapping tank tread and thought the noise was a bomb set off by the
mother and her two toddlers.
May 6, Occupied Gaza:
* Hazen al-Wadya, 22, and Mahrus al-Bahtiti, 20, were killed in a gun
battle with Israeli forces after infiltrating across the border,
according to the Israeli occupation army's unverifiable claims.
* Suheil Ziada, 27, and Mazen Abu Razek, 23, were shot dead by
Israeli occupation forces near Karni crossing. The occupation army
claimed that the men were armed and attempting to infiltrate into
May 6, Rafah, Occupied Gaza:
* Hassan Abul Jaza, 54, died of gunshot wounds to the head that he
had suffered five days previously when Israeli occupation forces
May 7, Rafah, Occupied Gaza:
* Jamal al-Shaar, 17, was shot dead by Israeli occupation forces as
he came out of his home. His 15-year old brother was hot and
injured. The occupation forces then demolished the house.
May 8, Jenin, Occupied West Bank:
* Majdi Muhammad Barham, 18, was shot in the head and killed by
Israeli occupation forces who were invading the village of Araka,
The simple fact is that if one were to rely on NPR for one's
information, one would be misled to believe--once again--that
following Israel's massive assault on the West Bank, there had been
a period of calm, shattered only by Tuesday's suicide bombing.
It is very important that if NPR is going to report on attacks on
Israeli civilians, then it do the same for attacks on Palestinian
civilians. Just because the suffering and security of Palestinians
is nowhere on the United States' political agenda, does not mean it
is not news.
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