Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Surprise! NY Times Describes Israel’s Gaza Border Defense as ‘Harsh’; Popular Comment Calls Israel ‘Bloodthirsty’- by Ira Stoll

...The Times really lets readers know where it is coming from, though, with this sentence: “President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey described the harsh Israeli response as ‘an inhumane attack.’” The Times dispatch was dated April 1, so it might be easy to dismiss as some sort of April Fool’s joke. It sure sounds like it is the Times, not Erdogan, who is describing the Israeli response as “harsh.”

Ira Stoll..
02 April '18..

Hamas terrorists roll burning tires at the Israeli border, throw Molotov cocktails, and shoot at Israeli troops in a pre-planned violent riot.

The New York Times reacts by portraying the Israeli response as “harsh.”

Here’s the key passage from an account of the clashes by the Times’ Isabel Kershner. First she frames two opposing views of the events:

Palestinians, supported by human rights groups, view the events as a legitimate protest that was met with disproportionate force by trigger-happy Israeli soldiers.

Israel says it acted judiciously to prevent a dangerous breach of its borders and sovereignty led by Hamas, the Islamic group that controls Gaza, and to protect nearby communities.

This formulation already puts its finger on the scales, throwing a derogatory modifier at Israeli soldiers (“trigger-happy”) but a reverential one at Hamas (“Islamic”). Why stop at “trigger-happy”? Why not go all the way with an Easter blood-libel and just call the Jews “bloodthirsty”?

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