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May 17, 2011

Grave Cover-Up at NY Times

On Monday, or "Nakba Day," when thousands of Syrians gathered at the Israeli border, and more than 100 infiltrated Israel, another news story unfolded within Syria. As reported by the Los Angeles Times, and many other media outlets, such as AFP, Reuters, CNN, and the Washington Post, a mass grave containing the bodies of at least 40 anti-government protesters was uncovered. The Los Angeles Times reported:

A mass grave allegedly filled with the bodies of as many as 40 antigovernment protesters killed by Syrian forces was discovered Monday near the southern city of Dara, where an uprising began two months ago, according to activists and accounts from others.

Video posted to the Internet showed men wearing protective gear and operating backhoes digging up bodies in an area called Zemla Mohammad Sari Hill, southeast of Dara. The dead included women and children. Some of the video was gruesome, showing mangled, decomposing and half-clothed corpses. . . .Activists said the bodies included those identified by relatives as Abdulrazaq Abdulaziz Abazeid and four of his children, who disappeared in the recent wave of protests against the Assad family's 41-year rule.

Abazeid's wife suffered a fatal heart attack Monday after learning of the deaths of her husband and children, according to Radwan Ziadeh, director of the Syria-based Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies.

"We don't know how many people exactly are in the grave," Ziadeh said in a telephone interview from Washington. "According to two sources, maybe 40 people were in there. The victims had gunshot wounds, and some of the bodies were without limbs."

The New York Times' failure to report the grave's discovery -- whether intentional or not -- speaks volumes about the Gray Lady's obsession with Israel.

This YouTube purports to show the digging up the Daraa grave. (CAMERA has not verified its authenticity.) Warning, this is not easy to watch.

Posted by TS at May 17, 2011 06:13 AM


Mahmoud Abbas starts an op ed article in the NY Times that promises to create a "democratic Palestinian State that protects human rights" with a lie:

“It is important to note that the last time the question of Palestinian statehood took center stage at the General Assembly, the question posed to the international community was whether our homeland should be partitioned into two states. In November 1947, the General Assembly made its recommendation and answered in the affirmative. Shortly thereafter, Zionist forces expelled Palestinian Arabs to ensure a decisive Jewish majority in the future state of Israel, and Arab armies intervened. War and further expulsions ensued.�?

How can anyone believe a leader's promises when he can't even bring himself to tell the historical truth about the events in 1947-1948 when the Jews accepted UN partition plan and the Arab States rejected it and launched attacks on the Jews?

Why would the NY Times to be used in this way?

Surely their own reporting at the time wold tell them that what Abbas wrote was a lie.

Posted by: Arnon at May 17, 2011 07:52 AM

The first refugees in the 1947-1949 Israeli War of Independence were Jews, from parts of Haifa, from south Tel Aviv and Jewish neighborhoods in Yafo, and from the Jewish neighborhoods [called quarters] in Jerusalem north of the American Colony Hotel and the Orient House. The first refugees in that war who could not go home after it were Jews from the Shimon haTsadiq Quarter on the road to Mt Scopus. They started fleeing in December 1947.

Posted by: Eliyahu at May 17, 2011 08:11 AM

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