The NY Times and the Kidnapped Teens: What Else is Missing Here?


Three unfortunate Israeli boys go missing in the West Bank; security forces scour the territory, arresting hundreds; and The New York Times devotes a flurry of articles to covering the apparent kidnapping and the search that follows.

Times readers have been treated to seven stories (accompanied by five photos) over six days; it would seem they are getting every angle, every scrap of news possible in this tragedy. They have read about raids in Hebron (the area where the teenagers were last seen), yeshiva prayers for the missing, debates over the wisdom of hitchhiking, cooperation from the Palestinian Authority, accusations against Hamas, denials from Hamas and comments from the U.S. Department of State.

Yet, in spite of all the space devoted to the boys’ disappearance, readers have little sense of the punishment unleashed on innocent Palestinians during the search for the boys. They fail to hear the words of human…

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In The NY Times: Blaming the Extremists, Absolving the State


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is outraged by the murder of Palestinian teenager Muhammad Abu Khdeir, The New York Times reports, and he has vowed to bring the killers to justice. A front-page story quotes Netanyahu and a number of Israeli officials who condemn the act along with the radical extremists behind it.

All this is well and good. Every decent Israeli and Palestinian is dismayed by the killings of four innocent youths in recent weeks; all of them condemn violence and hope for justice. But the Times story by Isabel Kershner omits two crucial aspects of the crisis: calls for vengeance have come from higher ups as well as fringe elements, and the arrests in this case are rare events in the search for justice in Palestine.

Just how rare is underscored in two reports: The Israeli human rights organization Yesh Din found that of 642 cases of…

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So Maybe It Wasn’t Hamas After All


The New York Times is not shouting about it, but reports are emerging that point to rogue actors, not Hamas, as the culprits behind the abduction and death of three Israeli teenagers whose bodies were found last weekend.

This should be big news. Israeli politicians, including Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, have been blaming Hamas from the start, vowing to crush the movement in Gaza and the West Bank. In the course of more than two weeks, they have tried to do just that.

During an aggressive search operation condemned by human rights groups, Israeli forces have arrested 335 persons affiliated with Hamas, according to data reported in the Times. They have also ransacked offices of charitable organizations and other groups , often confiscating and trashing their contents.

The Times has been reporting the threats and charges against Hamas ever since Netanyahu announced on June 15 that Israel knew…

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Two rockets land outside Jerusalem following 2 fired at TA

Two rockets land outside Jerusalem following 2… JPost – Defense.

LAST UPDATED: 11/16/2012 17:21
Air raid siren in the capital precede rockets, after sirens sound in Tel Aviv for 2nd straight day; no injuries or damage reported in either attack; Hamas’s armed wing claims responsibility for both attacks.


Photo: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post

Two rockets landed outside of Jerusalem Friday evening as sirens rang out, causing no injuries or damage. Police reported that there was “no indication” that rockets landed in the city, stating that “most likely, the rockets landed in an open area outside of Jerusalem.”

Hamas took credit for the attack, claiming to have shot “an improved Kassam,” which it called an M-75, towards Jerusalem. The launch represents the first Hamas rocket attack aimed at Jerusalem.

A rocket is believed to have fallen in the Judean desert…

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Siren in Tel Aviv morning after peak Hamas launch of 120 rockets

Siren in Tel Aviv morning after peak Hamas launch of 120 rockets.

DEBKAfileJuly 9, 2014, 8:38 AM (IDT)

Tel Aviv woke up early Wednesday to its second rocket siren in two days, the morning after Hamas and Jihad Islami fired 120 rockets Tuesday, bringing half of Israel under attack. Iron Dome intercepted 30. The farthest point north was Hadera, a town between Tel Aviv and Haifa, but Tel Aviv and Jerusalem as well as towns like Rehovot and Kfar Saba were added to the Hamas roster of southern Israel targets between Ashdod and Beersheba. All parts of the country have now opened air raid shelters ready for more surprises, like the rocket that reached Hadera, 110 km away from the Gaza Strip, now identified as a Syrian-made M-302 Khaibar.

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Homeland In-Security

Son of Hamas

I have worn many hats in 32 years—Muslim, Christian, son of Hamas, Prisoner 823, spy, traitor, USAID administrator, businessman, best-selling author.

Now I am Homeland Security File# A 088 271 051.

And, according to these “highly trained” civil servants, I am a threat to America’s national security and must be deported.

On June 30, at 8 a.m., I have a hearing before Immigration Judge Rico J. Bartolomei at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Immigration Court in San Diego.

But I am not worried about this. I am outraged! My only concern is about a security system that is so primitive and naive that it endangers the lives of countless Americans. Honestly, Judge Bartolomei’s verdict really does not matter. If he rules to deport me, I will appeal. And Homeland Security has assured me that, if he rules in my favor, they will appeal. And this insane merry-go-round can go…

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