Major elements of the news media throughout the Western and Arabic world actively participate in efforts to whitewash and even glorify Palestinian rock-throwing against Jews, while either ignoring the victims, or falsely portraying them as aggressors.
The following articles document these subversive practices.
Western news entities
The New York Times
The New York Times Romanticizes Palestinian Stone Throwers and Ignores Their Victims, by Ricki Hollander, CAMERA, August 5, 2013.
New York Times Slammed for Downplaying Dangers of Palestinian Stone-Throwing ‘Hobby,’ by Sharona Schwartz, The Blaze (YahooNews), August 6, 2013.
Stone-Throwers’ Victims, letter to the NY Times editor, by Michael Oren, published August 6, 2013. The letter, in its entirety:
To the Editor:
‘My Hobby Is Throwing Stones’ (front page, Aug. 5) describes a scene in which a Palestinian teenager “hurled a rock at a passing car with yellow Israeli plates.” The scene continues, “The settlers stopped their car, got out, and began shouting.” A chart shows the amount of time Palestinian stone-throwers have spent in jail. While Palestinian protagonists are described in detail, their Israeli victims are largely dehumanized “settlers” — no name, age or gender. And for the record, all Israelis, irrespective of residence and ethnicity, Jews and Arabs, drive with yellow plates.
The article could have added another chart: the names of Israelis who have been killed or permanently maimed by rock throwers and the time they have spent hospitalized. One of the names would be Adele Biton, a 2-year-old seriously wounded by a stone in March.
The article notes that Palestinian youths attack Israelis “because their brothers and fathers did.” By breaking that pattern, Palestinian leaders can prepare their people for peace.
Ambassador of Israel
Washington, Aug. 6, 2013
NPR Romanticizes Child’s Attacker, by Andrea Levin, CAMERA, June 2, 2013. Summary: A May 30, 2013 Morning Edition segment focused on the recent rock-throwing attack that left three-year-old Adele Biton with traumatic brain injury. CAMERA’s Levin alleges that the segment was an example of how NPR “romanticizes perpetrators of violence and violates the most basic ethics of fairplay in reporting on a contentious issue – giving more than twice as much air-time to Palestinian perspectives and including three Palestinian speakers to just one Israeli.”
The Guardian (UK)
What the Guardian didn’t tell you about Palestinian youths arrested in Hebron, Mar 31 2013, CIFWatch
MSM, Stone Throwers Collude and Collide In Silwan, by Alex Margolin, Honest Reporting, October 11, 2010.
Israeli news entities
Israeli journalist is accused of inciting violence after backing Palestinian stone-throwers, The Guardian (UK), April 6, 2013. “Journalist” Amira Hass claimed Palestinian schools should teach children how to “resist occupation,” receives hate mail in response.
Amira Hass Ignores Centuries Of Muslims Stoning Jews and Defends It As A Birthright, by Daled Amos, April 9, 2013. Blogger Daled Amos chronicles some of the Palestinians’ long history of rock-throwing against Jews, which extends to decades even before the founding of Israel.
Overall critiques of news entities that enable and whitewash Palestinian rock-throwers
A Rock is a Bullet: The Consequences of Palestinian Rock-Throwing, by Anav Silverman (Tazpit News Agency), in The Algemeiner, April 9, 2013. Deep profile of Ahikam Simantov, whose skull was crushed as a baby from a rock thrown by a Palestinian. “I speak to groups about what a rock thrown at you can do to your life. You have to treat a rock like a bullet – there is no difference between the two,” stresses Ahikam. “I share this dark story to make people aware, but not so that they should pity me.” (Ed.: See details of Anikam’s story here)
Rocks and murder, The Jerusalem Post, March 28, 2013.
Netanyahu: Stones are lethal weapons, The Jerusalem Post, April 17, 2013.