Monday, October 29, 2018

Haaretz Lead Story: Outrage over Pittsburgh Massacre from Rivlin,Herzog, Bennett and....Sarsour? - by Tamar Sternthal

...Haaretz‘s inexplicable inclusion of Sarsour’s condemnation of the synagogue massacre alongside those of Israeli leaders is puzzling. Moreover, the paper’s failure to note Sarsour’s bear hug of Farrakhan, “the pied-piper of hate,” is downright reprehensible, and gives a false hechsher (kosher stamp) to a purveyor of anti-Semitism.

Tamar Sternthal..
29 October '18..

In its leading story today on the murderous shooting spree which left 11 dead at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh yesterday, Haaretz cites the outraged responses from leading Israeli figures like President Reuven Rivlin, Jewish Agency Chairman Isaac Herzog, Education and Diaspora Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett, Executive Director of the Conservative Movement Yizhar Hess and Consul General of Israel in New York Dani Dayan. Then, as if it’s the most natural thing to do, the page-one, above the fold article (“11 killed in Pittsburgh synagogue shooting; gunman held at scene,” and online here) closes this round-up of reactions from high profile Israelis with a quote from “American Palestinian Women’s March leader Linda Sarsour.”

In addition to being an anti-Israel activist who advocates for the end of the Jewish state, Sarsour is also a longtime fan of noted anti-Semite Louis Farakkhan, biographical information which Haaretz withheld from readers and which makes her inclusion among Israeli leaders expressing their shock and outrage particularly jarring.

The article, by Amir Tibon, Noa Landau, Judy Maltz and Allison Kaplan Sommer states:

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