Thursday, May 08, 2008

Fantasyland Media

Israel’s Tactics Thwart Attacks, With Trade-Off
By ISABEL KERSHNER
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/03/world/middleeast/03israel.html?scp=2&sq=+ISABEL+KERSHNER&st=nyt

This is a wonderful example of just how distorted the NY Times coverage of Israel is. In fact, it is pure propaganda. Let's look at some of the article's assumptions:

-That Israel built the wall to stop suicide bombers. There is no mention that the wall is almost completely on Palestinian territory.

-That the wall has provided "enough quiet for Israel to resume peace talks," as if Israel was actually seeking peace rather than an appropriation of more territory.

-That Israel was interested in the economic success of Gaza rather than the strangulation of its population: "After Israel unilaterally pulled out its troops and Jewish settlers in 2005, some hoped that with Western support, the tiny coastal strip might become a model for a future Palestinian state." No mention of the blockade, of course, that has led to extreme shortages in food and medicines.

This story has no news in it. Nor does it have any other point of view (like a Palestinian voice). It is simply an example of how poorly the NY Times does when it comes to Israel. This front page article is nothing but one sided opinion presenting itself as news. It could have been written by the Israeli lobby. And probably was.

The writer, Ms. Kershner, is married to Hirsh Goodman, an Israeli who served as a Strategic Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, an influential think tank dedicated to promoting the Israeli agenda in the US.

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