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March 13, 2012

IHT Reports Discredited Palestinian Claim as Fact

Nayef Qarmout.jpg
AFP: Nayef Qarmut likely died while carrying explosives

Despite the fact that the AFP agrees with the Israeli army that an Israeli airstrike did not kill 15-year-old Nayef Qarmut in northern Gaza yesterday, the International Herald Tribune blames his death on Israel without any qualification.

The International Herald Tribune, published by the New York Times, nevertheless reports that Qarmut was killed in an Israeli airstrike. The Tribune's problematic coverage is particularly inexplicable given the Times' longer version of the very same story by Isabel Kershner details the AFP's confirmation of Israel's denial.

Thus, the Tribune's Kershner article reports today: "Israeli airstrikes killed five Palestinians on Monday, bringing the overall toll to 23, with 3 out of the 5 killed on Monday civilians."

Yet, the longer Times version of the very same piece details:

More than 150 rockets have fallen in Israeli territory since Friday, and Gaza officials said at least six Palestinians died on Monday, bringing the overall toll to 24. Though most of those killed have been militants, at least two of those who died in airstrikes on Monday were civilians.

A Gaza medical official and Gaza human rights groups said that one of the victims, Nayif Shaaban Qarmout, 14, was killed in an airstrike and that five other youths were wounded as they walked to school, but the Israeli military denied having carried out any attacks at that hour. An Agence France-Presse reporter at the scene confirmed that there was no sign of an airstrike.

Later, a missile killed Muhammad al-Hassumi, 65, and his daughter Fayza, 30, as they put out a fire on their land.

Israel disputes the Palestinian claim that Nayif Qarmout was killed by an Israeli airstrike, and an AFP reporter on the scene confirms Israel's claim, so why does the Tribune count him without question or qualification among those civilians killed by Israel?

Posted by TS at March 13, 2012 08:19 AM


Another similar incident is described in the article "Gaza boy was killed by errant bullet at funeral, not Israeli strike" at

Posted by: Michael Segal at March 15, 2012 09:30 AM

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