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October 01, 2009

LA Times Whitewashes Palestinian Female Prisoners

In his article today on the Hamas-Israel exchange, the Los Angeles Times' Richard Boudreaux whitewashes the offenses of the female Palestinian prisoners who are to be released tomorrow in exchange for a video tape from Hamas proving Gilad Shalit's physical well-being.

Boudreaux writes:

Israel's prison service said the women had been arrested for offenses including possession of weapons and attempted attacks on police and soldiers.

In fact, according to the Israel Prison Service, more than half of the women were sentenced to prison for "attempted murder." The IPS' information does not specify that these attempted murders specifically targeted just police and soldiers. Why does Boudreaux conceal the most egregious offense from readers?

Posted by TS at October 1, 2009 07:38 AM

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None of the women were sentenced for attempted "murder" (retzach), but rather for attempted "grimat hariga". I don't know the legal distinction between "grimat hariga" and "retzach", but "grimat hariga" appears to be a lesser charge. The LA Times may be diminishing the severity of these women's crimes, but you do a disservice by exaggerating them.

Posted by: reader at October 1, 2009 09:42 AM

Thank you for pointing this out. In fact, the original (Hebrew) list of prisoners and their crimes released by the Israel Prison Service does not use the term "grimat retzach."

See http://www.shabas.gov.il/NR/rdonlyres/CEBB4CA7-B221-4B6F-81D2-EA6A657CC913/0/ReleaseofPalestinianprisoners300909.pdf

The term used is "grimat mavet" which translates to negligent homicide, which is lesser than murder. The error stems from an incorrect translation from Ha'aretz, which was reproduced by the Foreign Ministry and IPS.

Posted by: TS at October 1, 2009 12:50 PM

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