The “news” media’s whitewash

What the Guardian didn’t tell you about Palestinian youths arrested in Hebron, Mar 31 2013, CIFWatch

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.”

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.

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.

MICHAEL OREN
Ambassador of Israel
Washington, Aug. 6, 2013

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