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Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Biased headline of the day

Note the headline of this story in Wednesday's New York Times.
Israeli Police Kill Palestinian Motorist in East Jerusalem
And the Times' account of what happened:
Israeli police officers shot and killed a Palestinian motorist who ran into officers at a roadblock in an East Jerusalem neighborhood on Tuesday while nearby, the authorities were demolishing part of the house of another Palestinian who had gone on a deadly rampage with a heavy construction vehicle last July.

The motorist was killed in the center of Sur Baher, a Palestinian neighborhood in territory that Israel occupied and annexed after the 1967 Middle East war, stoking tensions in this volatile city.

Micky Rosenfeld, a police spokesman, said that the motorist “attempted to run over” three officers operating the roadblock, and that all three suffered leg injuries. One of the officers opened fire and killed the motorist, whom Palestinians identified as Iyad Aweisat, 22, a resident of an adjacent East Jerusalem neighborhood, Jebel Mukaber.
Here's what Haaretz - our most leftist newspaper - says happened:
Border Police shot dead an East Jerusalem driver yesterday who tried to run down officers securing the demolition of the family home of a terrorist who killed three Israelis in a bulldozer attack in July.

The officers, three of whom were lightly hurt in the attack, were deployed to prevent possible riots sparked by the demolition in Sur Baher.
Note - no quotes. The people who were there had no doubt that Aweisat was trying to run them down.
Noam Shavit, 31, the Border Police officer who commanded the force deployed in Sur Baher, said security forces had been warned that riots could break out. "We were deployed in the square in order to prevent riots as a result of the destruction of the home," he said. "We had warnings and intelligence information that villagers may try to attack us."

Shavit said the incident was clearly a terrorist attack.

"Suddenly we saw a car driving like mad into the square and hitting three officers," he said. "I recognized that it was a terrorist attack. I had no doubt. It was clearly not an accident, with the speed and direction that the car was headed into the officers. He did not try to slow down. I fired at him a number of times, and officers at a lookout position did the same."
If any of you has any inclination to believe the 'Palestinians' claim that this was an 'accident,' please recall that they also claimed that the other bulldozer attack last summer was an 'accident.'

Maybe the 'Palestinians' need remedial drivers' education and the Times needs a course in writing headlines.


At 7:46 PM, Blogger R-MEW Editors said...

How about this headline.

Or the egregious bias in this article.

Note that per Reuters, Lieberman is "far-right" while Abbas is always referred to as a "moderate".

Under the Road Map, Israel is obligated to "freeze settlement building" but the Palestinians are only committed to "reign in militants". I'm certain neither Lieberman nor his deputy used the term "reign in". The Road Map actually stupulates:

Palestinians declare an unequivocal end to violence and terrorism and undertake visible efforts on the ground to arrest, disrupt, and restrain individuals and groups conducting and planning violent attacks on Israelis anywhere. Rebuilt and refocused Palestinian Authority security apparatus begins sustained, targeted, and effective operations aimed at confronting all those engaged in terror and dismantlement of terrorist capabilities and infrastructure. This includes commencing confiscation of illegal weapons and consolidation of security authority, free of association with terror and corruption.

I'm also certain Lieberman didn't use the word "militants".

At 8:09 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

As Carl can tell everyone - and he's covered the subject for years - is the world is indifferent to Jews being murdered and it tries to minimize the seriousness of crime. And that, FinanceDoc, is where the bias of the New York Times headline comes into play. It wasn't an incident or a road accident. It was an act of attempted cold-blooded murder. Yes, it was a terrorist act. That's acknowledged even by Haaretz! Sad to say, the rest of the world still doesn't get it!

At 10:32 PM, Blogger mrzee said...

Maybe some day they can learn geography or perhaps their problem is english grammar. There is no East Jerusalem, only east Jerusalem and west Jerusalem.

Another Palestinian lie that's become part of everyday discourse.


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