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February 14, 2011

H.D.S. Greenway Faults Israel for Responding to "Pesky" Massacre

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For David (H.D.S.) Greenway, smearing Israel is a bit of a bad habit. Indeed, the Boston Globe columnist's desire to malign the Jewish state is seemingly more important to him than his obligation not to mislead readers.

At least one assertion in Greenway's Feb. 12 column, "Israel's close watch on Egypt," is so misleading that it amounts, in essence, to an outright lie.

Greenway paints the following scene of a war-hungry Israel:

[N]one of us who were there at the time will ever forget the rejoicing throughout Israel when Sadat and Prime Minister Menachem Begin said together: “No more wars.’’

That was the sublime moment that Israel failed to grasp, however. Instead of turning “no more wars’’ into a peace policy, Israel took it to mean that Egypt was now enabling Israel to make wars with other people. Within a year Israel sent its tanks into Lebanon up to the Litani River against pesky Palestinians ... .

We will never know how the Middle East might have looked had Israel taken no-more-wars more literally, instead of using Egypt’s forbearance as a license to continue occupation and make wars elsewhere.

Got it? Israeli leaders regarded the peace treaty with Egypt as a green light go to initiate war against Palestinians in Lebanon, whose "peskiness" was apparently rubbing them the wrong way. Or so Greenway indicates to his readers. (Merriam Webster's usage examples for the word "pesky": 1. I've been trying to get rid of this pesky cold for weeks. 2. the pesky problem of what to do with all the leftovers.)

Israel launched its Operation Litani on March 14, 1978. Three days earlier, Palestinian terrorists crossed into Israel from Lebanon and perpetrated what Israelis call the "Coastal Road Massacre," a bloodbath in which dozens of Israeli men, women and children were slaughtered.

Time Magazine called it "the worst terrorist attack in Israel's history," and added:

[S]hortly after Saturday's bloodbath, Al-Fatah, the commando group within Yasser Arafat's Palestine Liberation Organization, claimed responsibility for the operation from its headquarters in Beirut. ...

The attack seemed to be the opening salvo of a new policy by Palestinian leaders, launched in Tripoli last December at the Arab states' rejectionist summit, to carry to Israel's soil the war against Sadat's peace initiative.

It may have been the worst, but it was hardly the only terror attack launched by PLO groups entrenched in southern Lebanon, whose mission was to kill Israelis and destroy the Jewish state.

Greenway's polemic notwithstanding, Israel of course never promised, explicitly or implicitly, that its peace treaty with Egypt meant it could no longer respond to acts of war emanating from other hostile countries. His readers, at any rate, wouldn't even know that there were any acts of war against Israel in 1978.

Posted by GI at February 14, 2011 10:42 AM


This is not the first glaring mistake that H.D.S. Greenway has made in his zeal to harm Israel's reputation. In either 2001 or 2002, Mr. Greenway wrote that Israeli soldiers had killed PA Security Chief Jabril Rajoub. There was one small problem with Greenway's reportage. Mr. Rajoub was not dead and he was not even wounded. He had not been shot at all. He was very much alive and in fact had and has a professional working relationship with both Americans and Israelis. If Mr. Rajoub had been killed by an Israeli sniper, as Mr. Greenway said, then I guess he has a stunt double. When Greenway was obligated to correct his factual misrepresentation, his correction was angry and begrudging. This is not the sign of a professional journalist.

Posted by: PhilSundeen at February 14, 2011 01:53 PM

The terrorists in the Coastal Road Massacre came from the sea, landing on a beach. Their first victim was Gail Rubin, a nature photographer taking pictures there. Miss Rubin also happened to be the niece of US Sen Abraham Ribicoff.

The leader of the terrorists was one Dalal Mugrabi, also a woman, who has lately been honored for her crime by the Palestinian Authority many times by having schools, parks, etc named after her.

By the way, her name, Mugrabi, indicates a family origin in North Africa, the Maghreb, not in Israel.

Posted by: Eliyahu at February 14, 2011 03:00 PM

It's painfully obvious that people like this character Greenway have deep-seated anti-Israel and undoubtedly anti-Semitic biases. I frankly think it's not likely to matter to someone like him if you point out the obvious inaccuracies and lies in his writings.

The only thing likely to help is public "outing" through direct contacts with his employer, the Boston Globe, or other media channels, to point out the relentlessly 1-sided and inaccurate "reporting" of characters like him.

Posted by: Al Neuman at February 18, 2011 12:46 AM

When u say that comment will not be posted "that include racism, bigotry, threats, or factually inaccurate material". Does this mean that unless the comments support Israel and her point of view will fall in cat: as above? The manner u say that he/she is anti "semetic" as if this becomes a crime to be so?And pl tell me do u consider Israel a holy cow that no wrong is expected of her? only then the discussion can accrue - i.e if u or any one on this blog so desires. This is despite ur seperiority complex against Muslims in general and Arabs in particular. My email is = - and I am from Pakistan

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