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December 30, 2007

Shh! Don't Implicate Fatah 'Moderates'

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Cpl. Ahikam Amihai, 20, and Sgt. David Rubin, 21, murdered Friday by gunmen belonging to Islamic Jihad as well as to Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah action

The Jerusalem Post reports today that Fatah members in the West Bank confirm that some of the gunmen who killed two Israelis hiking near Hebron in Friday were Fatah members.

Will the major papers that initially reported on this shooting cover this critical development? Yesterday, the Los Angeles Times reported only on an Islamic Jihad connection, as did the New York Times.

As for the Chicago Tribune, its brief on the shooting incident is accompanied by the abominable headline:

3 killed when off-duty Israeli soldiers trade fire with gunmen

A casual reader of the paper who just checks headlines would have no idea that Palestinian gunmen fired on the two off-duty soldiers who were enjoying themselves on a hike. The fatally injured Israelis managed to return fire, killing immediately one of of their assailants. (A second reportedly died on the way to a Palestinian hospital.)

Posted by TS at December 30, 2007 06:43 AM

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