The above title might as well have been the headline for the exceedingly long front page article in The New York Times last Sunday, December 30, by David Halbfinger. In it, the reporter elevates a young Palestinian woman, Rouzan al-Najjar, to the status of a martyr, if not a saint.
I can’t help but notice the similarity of blaming Israel in the Times’ coverage of Israel with that of UNESCO, the UN agency that has, in Prime Minister Netanyahu’s recent statement, “… passed 71 resolutions condemning Israel and only 2 resolutions condemning all other countries combined. This is simply outrageous.” Both Israel and the US have resigned from the Israel and Jew-bashing UNESCO agency to protest its blatant and constant smearing of Israel. (You know Judaism is being attacked when the WesternWall, Temple Mount, and other seminal Jewish sites are declared to be Muslim holy sites, not Jewish ones.)
If it were possible, I’d like to see a similar blow to The New York Times, which has unsurpassed influence in the largest single Jewish metropolitan area (New York) and the US at large. The Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America, CAMERA.org, has been carrying on this fight against the NYT for many years – an uphill battle. From the Camera site: “In a 4700-word story [by Halbfingfer] about a Palestinian medic killed in Gaza border violence, there is no mention of the thousand Hamas rockets fired into Israel in 2018 and Israeli families sleeping in shelters. There is no mention of Hamas chieftains leading chants of ‘Death to Israel.’” There was also little context providing the background of the conflict. Also absent was an accounting of the constant violent, deadly attempts to kill Israeli soldiers and civilians by Gazans at the border, such as hundreds of rockets fired indiscriminately into Israel, fire bombs, countless aerial fire attacks via balloons and kites, etc.