Palestinians Promote Genocide; NYTimes Silent

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In an August 3, 2011, op-ed entitled “Seeking Balance on the Mideast,” Kristof attacks Israel for various perceived transgressions, including its military campaign against Hamas in Gaza in 2008 in response to incessant Hamas rocket and mortar fire into Israel. Kristof also excoriates the House of Representatives for overwhelmingly passing a resolution at the time supporting “Israel’s right to defend itself.” He likewise condemns the House for passing a similarly overwhelming resolution urging the Obama administration to block Palestinian attempts to seek recognition of statehood at the UN and also threatening to cut off funding to the Palestinians if they go forward with the UN gambit.

Nowhere in Kristof’s writing attacking Israel is there any acknowledgment of Palestinian promotion of Israel’s destruction and of the mass murder of Jews.

Much of Kristof’s August op-ed is devoted to championing J Street – the new, heavily left-leaning, Saudi- and Soros-funded, self-styled “pro-Israel” organization – and its leader, Jeremy Ben-Ami. To Kristof, J Street and Ben-Ami, whom he quotes repeatedly, are welcome alternatives to the established pro-Israel community. But Ben-Ami responded to the Israeli incursion into Gaza by drawing a moral equivalence between Israel and Hamas and essentially condemning Israel’s action. And he has dismissed Israeli concerns about Palestinian aspirations to Israel’s destruction and Palestinian promotion of genocide as paranoid, as representing the persistent echoes of past genocidal assaults on Jews. For example, he observed – in a New York Times interview, “… there’s their grandmother’s voice in their ear; it’s the emotional side and the communal history…”

Kristof is, of course, the writer awarded a Pulitzer Prize for his many op-eds documenting and decrying the genocide in Darfur and the world’s failure to stop the slaughter. But it is noteworthy that a key factor in the impunity with which the Arab government of Sudan has been able to pursue its campaign of rape and mass murder in Darfur has been the support it receives from the rest of the Arab world, and yet on this Kristof has been essentially silent. (A review in April, 2006, of his Times articles on Darfur revealed that he had published some 40 op-eds on the subject to that point, many of them blaming various international parties for contributing to the genocide. But he had broken his silence on the role of the Arab world in only five sentences in the penultimate of the long list of articles, and even that piece was focused elsewhere, on China’s shameful role in Darfur.)

Nor in any of his many op-ed’s about Darfur since then has Kristof covered the wider Arab role. In March, 2009, Sudanese president Omar Hassan al-Bashir was indicted for genocide in Darfur by the International Criminal Court. Some weeks later, al-Bashir flew to the meeting of the Arab League then being held in Doha, Qatar, and won unanimous support from League members against the ICC indictment. PA President Abbas declared, “We must also take a decisive stance of solidarity alongside fraternal Sudan and President Omar al-Bashir.” Hamas, whose terrorists attend training camps in Sudan overseen by the same people responsible for the butchery in Darfur, had organized a large pro-Sudan demonstration in Gaza shortly after the indictment, and Hamas leader Moussa Abu Marzouk had flown to Khartoum to show his backing of al-Bashir.

Also in March, 2009, Kristof wrote two op-eds about the indictment, Sudan’s crimes in Darfur, and the world’s need to do more. But in those articles, and in the weeks and months that followed, he was silent on the Arab role, the spectacle in Doha, and support for the genocide provided by the PA and Hamas.

Apparently, Kristof’s anti-Israel animus, and his determination to ignore the genocidal agenda of the Palestinians, is so strong that he is willing to overlook Palestinian and broader Arab backing of genocide in Darfur rather than even broach the theme of genocidal sentiments among Israel’s enemies.

The Times news pages have largely become an extension of the editorial section and this is certainly true regarding Israel. The Times bureau chief in Jerusalem, Ethan Bronner, has filed innumerable articles in which the story line is essentially Palestinian grievances against alleged Israeli oppression, with no context given that would offer a counter-perspective. For example, a July 28, 2011, piece entitled, “Where Politics Are Complex, Simple Joys at the Beach,” tells of most Palestinians in the West Bank having no opportunity to visit Mediterranean beaches because they are blocked from entering Israel, and of the efforts of an Israeli women’s group to smuggle Palestinian women into the country for beach outings. Only in the thirteenth paragraph of the story is there any allusion to the reality that virtually from 1967, when Israel first gained control of the West Bank, until 1994, when Arafat’s entry into the territories as per the early Oslo agreements was accompanied by an unprecedented wave of anti-Israel terror, Palestinians from the West Bank typically moved freely in Israel, including to its beaches. The terror assaults that followed Oslo led to periodic closures of pre-1967 Israel to most Palestinians, and this exclusion became more systematic and consistent after Arafat launched his terror war in 2000 that killed about a thousand Israelis and maimed thousands more in the ensuing few years.

Given that Bronner routinely gives his frequent “human interest” stories regarding Israel and the Palestinians such a biased tilt, it is hardly surprising that, in his years as the Times Jerusalem bureau chief, he has written virtually nothing on Palestinian, including PA, incitement – in media, mosques and schools – to the destruction of Israel and extermination of the Jews.

In a November, 2001, retrospective on World War II coverage, Max Frankel, former Times executive editor, offered a mea culpa for the paper’s under-reporting of the Nazis’ genocidal policies and actions regarding the Jews. Frankel called it “the century’s bitterest journalistic failure.” Much has changed at the Times since World War II. What was then a generally left of center editorial stance has shifted much further to the Left; and what was largely a focus on objective reporting in news stories has transformed into much more advocacy journalism and a blurring of the distinction between news pages and editorial pages. But one constant between then and now has been the Times’ consistent reluctance, and general failure, to cover genocidal threats to Jews.

And both the threats, and the Times’ failure to cover them, are of consequence.

Kenneth Levin is a psychiatrist and historian and author of The Oslo Syndrome: Delusions of a People under Siege.



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  • Asher

    I predict the New York Times will fall because they are actually supporting Terrorism. Some Newspapers and Media outlets have contributed whole heartedly to Jihad too.

  • StephenD

    “And the indoctrination has consequences. As a generation of young Palestinians has grown up knowing only the PA’s education curriculum, and PA media and mosque incitement has shaped broader Palestinian opinion for almost two decades, the indoctrination has rendered the possibility of genuine peace only more remote.”
    Yet and still the US provides aid to this pretense of a people seeking peace.
    The world is willfully blind to Israel and will pay the price. I look forward in hope. I still expect to see the 3rd Temple built and that would mean the Dome is gone. This tells me that though all hell may break, Israel will triumph…Thank G_d!!

    • Dawn

      It will happen, the Bible in Revelation predicts a third temple being built. As a taxpaying American citizen I am sick and tired of my tax money being funneled to Palestinian terrorism.

  • Ben

    leftist journalists and writers where always tolerant to brutality of the next totalitarian ideology: in Soviet Russia they where best friends of terrorist V CH K ( KGB`s predecessor) and understood "class-hate".Today they are tolerant to planning genocide and ethnic cleansing of Jews as the inevitable excess of "liberation movement".
    There aren`t an inhuman actions that won1t be justificated by leftist media.

  • Linda Rivera

    Arafat and his cruel PLO were REWARDED for their satanic atrocities and mass murders of Lebanon's Christians. Arafat and his PLO were introduced to Israel as their "peace" partners and provided with mega money, land and weapons. Arafat and his PLO terrorists did EXACTLY as was expected of them: they severely persecuted the Arab Christians of Judea, Samaria and Gaza and waged ruthless jihad against Israel's Jews.

    Every person responsible for bringing into Israel and empowering, financing and military training global terrorist, Arafat, and the PLO/PA Muslim terrorists have an all-consuming hate for both Jews and Christians.

  • Linda Rivera

    In a recent poll of Palestinian opinion – 73% agreed with a quote from the Hamas charter on the need to kill all Jews.

    This religion-inspired murderous hate for Jews is well known by ruling elites. The elites know that Muslims can't wait to perpetrate a Second Holocaust of Jews. UN/US/EU/UK and other nations' leaders are guilty of wickedly seeking a Second Holocaust via an illegitimate Muslim terror state implant that will reduce little Israel at mid-section to 9 miles wide INDEFENSIBLE, Auschwitz borders.

    Not one inch of Jewish Holy Land to genocidal monsters!

  • dr Dave

    The Times' news department is run by Jewess Jill Abramson. For the love of God man, how can you expect this Harvard educated Jew to be favorable to Israel. The antithesis is guaranteed to be true lest she and all the Jews running theJew York Times be accused of consiring to run the world. The NT Times' co-conspirator paper in Israel is Haaretz. Their job, discredit Israel at every twist & turn, try with every editorial to depose Netanyahu and get The Queenn of Surrender, ,TZIPI Livni, in power. To them she's a great example of a "brilliant" & "strong" Jewess. To the Usraeli voter they are glad she's long gone as she is mostly responsible for Israel's security decline. Ultimately Abramson & her Jewish counterparts at the NY Times would prefer to see Israel destroyed than be embarrassed as being Jews who support a strong Israel. They are spineless as they haven't the guts to buck the trend of overwhelming far-Left Jew hate from non-Jewish & self-loathing Jewish elitists & "intellectuals" who dominate their industry.

  • KKKK

    to all readers, i agree with this assesment of the FALSEtinian question. they are indocriated from childhood to view Israel as illegalment and "occuiped Palestine," rather than an independent sovergian state. this is reinfroced in mosques and meida throughout the life of a FALSEtinian. by contrast, terrorism aganist Israeli civilians is protrayed as heroic "resistance to the occuipers" and even streets are named after martyrs. Israel failes to see this, and thinks that "peace" can be achieved by negotations.

  • alphakilosingh

    It is simple.
    If Muslims want to enact a genocide, it is perfectly in order, because it carries religious sanction.
    If others either pre-empt or retaliate, it is foul, because it does not carry religious sanction.
    NYT being a religious paper, is with supporting those who are following their religion.
    Simple. Is it not?

  • DanKelso

    Opposing Arab colonialism and Muslim theocracy, oppression of women and non-Muslims, and supporting the free and democratic state of Israel are progressive positions.

  • DanKelso

    Kenneth Levin is totally right and the NY Times hasn't said one word about this.
    http://www.thejerusalemgiftshop.com/israelinews/c
    Abbas honors mastermind of Munich Olympics massacre.
    July 7, 2010
    http://www.palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_
    PA TV honors Sbarro pizza shop terrorists.
    Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik.
    Sept. 4, 2011

    PA TV host sends "best wishes" to "our glorious" prisoner
    who transported suicide bomberto attack that killed 15, including 7 children.
    These are the sadists that the left supports.

  • DanKelso

    http://www.palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_
    Abbas honors terrorist Dalal Mughrabi, killer of 37
    This week Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas once again honored the memory of the terrorist Dalal Mughrabi – this time by sponsoring a ceremony celebrating the 50th anniversary of her birth. Mughrabi led the worst terror attack in Israel's history in 1978, when she and other terrorists hijacked a bus and killed 37 civilians. Present at the ceremony were Palestinian dignitaries and a children's marching band. Earlier this year, Abbas sponsored a computer center named after Mughrabi.
    The PA further glorified Mughrabi on the date of her birth when the Governor of Ramallah announced the naming of the "Dalal Mughrabi Square".

  • DanKelso

    You notice Thomas Friedman thinks Abbas is a moderate.
    If this a moderate, then Ted Bundy was a moderate.
    Abbas financed the Munich Massacre.

    Abbas honoring the terrorist Ayyash for all his massacres against Jews in the mid 90s. http://www.palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=448&page
    http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/
    Fogel Baby-Stabber ‘Proud of What I Did’
    Hakim Awad and Amjad Awad happy about Fogel massacre.
    6/5/11

    PA glorifies Eilat massacre. http://www.pmw.org.il/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id
    August 24, 2001

  • DanKelso

    http://www.palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_
    PA TV: Western Wall area to be turned into Arab housing neighborhood.
    Palestinian Authority TV:
    Western Wall area to be turned into Arab housing neighborhood -Jewish presence in Jerusalem will be erased from history.
    Aug. 17, 2011

  • DanKelso

    Hamas and the PLO derive their legitimacy by killing Israeli secretaries and high schoolers.

    The Palestinians have raised an entire generation to believe that the highest aspiration in life is to kill Jews. The Palestinians are engaged in an unremitting campaign of targetted murder of women and children. When the Palestinians massacre Israeli school children on buses, and babies in baby carriages, they celebrate. They have raised an entire generation to believe that the the ! highest cultural and religious value is the massacre of Jews. Through the Arabs hate, an entire generation has lost the capacity for humanity.

  • DanKelso

    Kenneth Levin wrote, In a recent poll of Palestinian opinion – 73% agreed with a quote from the Hamas charter on the need to kill all Jews.

    We should remember, No less than 84% of the Palestinians supported the Mercaz Harav yeshiva massacre in 08 in Jerusalem.