Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Is Wissam Nasser a Terror Liability for the NY Times? Let's Consult the Guidelines. - by Vivian Bercovici

...Nasser’s post celebrated mass murder and, by direct association, Hamas, which is considered to be a terrorist organization in virtually all civilized nations. This is not nuanced stuff. On Friday evening, I asked the Times for comment on this clear and extreme ethical breach, eliciting this prompt reply: “This photographer is not a New York Times staff photographer (he has freelanced for us). His social media posts have no connection to the Times and do not adhere to our guidelines.” This statement, however, directly contravenes the Times’ ethical guidelines.

Screen-grab by Eylon Levy i24
Vivian Bercovici..
Commentary Magazine..
17 December '18..

Pulitzer-nominated Palestinian photojournalist, Wissam Nasser, has been an ongoing and frequent freelance contributor to the New York Times and other international media.

But last Friday, amid a particularly bloody streak of Israeli civilian and soldier murders by terrorists in the West Bank, Gaza-based Nasser seems to have lost his bearings.

On Sunday, December 9, three Hamas terrorists drove up to a hitchhiking spot just outside of Ofra settlement in the West Bank. It was early evening and, as is typical, young Israelis were clustered waiting for rides when they were sprayed with bullets. Seven were wounded, among them 21-year-old Shira Ish-Ran, who was 30 weeks pregnant with her first child. Her husband, Canadian-Israeli Amichai Ish-Ran, also wounded, was rushed with her to the Shaare Tzedek hospital trauma unit in Jerusalem. Shira was critical.

Physicians performed an emergency C-section on Shira and her premature son struggled to live for three days. He was laid to rest on Thursday evening, his parents unable to attend the gut-wrenching burial of their first born. His parents named him Amiad Yisrael, more or less translating to “my people endures,” hoping perhaps to imbue his tragically short life with a deeper meaning.

About two months ago, Kim Levengrond Yehezkel, a 28-year old soon-to-be graduate of law school and the mother of a one-year-old boy, was working as an administrative assistant in a factory in Barkan, an industrial zone in the West Bank. A co-worker, 23-year-old Palestinian Ashraf Na’alwa, forced another employee to bind her hands before he murdered her and another colleague. A third who was wounded in the attack was recently released from hospital.

Coincidentally, on the day that baby Amiad Ish-Ran was buried, the Barkan terrorist and one of the Ofra terrorists were tracked down by the IDF and killed while avoiding arrest.

Nasser took the opportunity to post photos of three terrorists—including the two killed in Thursday, on his Instagram account with the following comment: “A sad morning that carries with it pride with the martyrs, and honor in resistance. ‘If you lost the way, follow the martyrs.’”

Posted as a “story”, the photos and text automatically delete in 24 hours. However, Eylon Levy, an investigative reporter with i24 news in Israel, screen-grabbed the fleeting post inciting to murder Jewish civilians, which was replayed in his report.

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