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March 22, 2010

Lousy Headline of the Day

Ha'aretz's yesterday top page 2 headline was:

haaretz.headline clash.jpg

The article itself reads:

A 16-year-old Palestinian was killed yesterday near Nablus when Israeli soldiers fired rubber-coated bullets on demonstrators as riots continued throughout the West Bank. Another youth was critically injured in the same incident.

The clash occurred near the village of Iraq Burin, south of Nablus. Villagers own land that borders the nearby settlement of Bracha. In recent weeks demonstrations have taken place in the area by villagers, who have also pelted soldiers with stones.

A similar altercation took place yesterday around noon. Palestinian sources say settlers from Bracha tried to attack villagers. Sources in the Israel Defense Forces, however, say no settlers were present. They say the IDF force tried to prevent Palestinians from advancing toward the settlement. (Emphasis added.)

Got that? According to Ha'aretz's very own story, Palestinians claim that settlers attempted to attack Palestinians, while the army disputes this, saying that no settlers were present. But the Ha'aretz headline writer took it upon him/herself to take an even more extreme position than the Palestinians'. While Palestinians claim that settlers attempted to attack Palestinians, the headline writer says a clash did indeed occur.

Posted by TS at March 22, 2010 03:43 AM


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