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August 10, 2007

Ha'aretz Keeps a Secret

News organizations across the world — with a glaring exception — are reporting a key detail about today's shooting in Jerusalem:

"A Palestinian man grabbed a pistol from an Israeli security guard in Jerusalem's Old City and shot him on Friday, but was shot dead by another guard as he tried to flee, Israeli police said." – Associated Press

"Jerusalem police chief Aaron Franco said the Palestinian seized a pistol of one of the men not far from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the walled Old City..." – Agence France Press

"An Israeli guard shot dead Friday a Palestinian man who had taken a gun from another guard in a shootout in a rare incident of violence in Jerusalem's old city quarter." – Deutsche Presse-Agentur

"A security guard shot and killed an Arab attacker in the Old City of Jerusalem on Friday after the man shot and moderately wounded another security guard, police said." – Jerusalem Post

"A security guard at the Ateret Kohanim yeshiva in the Old City of Jerusalem shot and killed a Palestinian man who snatched the weapon of another guard and used it to wound him." –

Even hours after the attack, however, the Israeli daily Ha'aretz still apparently hasn't figured out the nationality of the assailant — obviously a relevant fact in the context of the region's ethnic and nationalistic fighting.

The Ha'aretz report (as of noon eastern time) mentions discusses "the assailant," "the attacker," and "the man," but seems to have missed a fact the rest of the media noted: This was an incident of anti-Jewish violence by Palestinian Arabs.

Posted by GI at August 10, 2007 12:11 PM


Perhaps it's about time for this site to clarify what it calls a Palestinian? According to Israeli media sources Ahmed Mahmoud Khatib came from of Kfar Manda in the western Galilee. He was therefore an Israeli citizen and not a resident of the territories nor a UNWRA style Palestinian refugee nor a Jordanian of Palestinian descent.

Describing him as a Palestinian and not an Israeli Arab misses an important feature of the story.

Posted by: David Guy at August 12, 2007 02:46 PM

Seems like you jumped too soon and maybe Ha'aretz - which I would not use even for "asher yatzer" paper got it right.
The main feature of this story is that there is now an Arab terrorist organisation in the Galil - that should cause us the most consternation.

Posted by: Nachman C at August 13, 2007 08:26 AM

That all depends on whether one is using "Palestinian Arab" to describe region and ethnicity, or nationality. If the former, then the term might be accurately used to describe both the 'Arabs of 1948' AND the residents of the WB and Gaza. If the latter, then no.

Still, Ha'aretz seems to be guilty of hiding the attacker's Arab ethnicity while the rest of the media was open with that info.

Posted by: george at August 13, 2007 10:27 AM

It is interesting to note that when Israel does ANYTHING to defend itself on the national front or in an isolated incident such as this, the media is glaring and DARING Isrel to defend itself. Arafat's legacy of hate and denial has sown its seed into the analysis of the world stage. It is SO easy to throw stones in this glas house called Israel. It is far more difficult to live in it. If Israel did everything politically correct, they may not exist and even THAT wouldn't be enough for many people!
I stand with Israel, despite the lens of this media which never bats an eye.

Posted by: Scot at August 17, 2007 02:33 PM

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