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December 28, 2011

Sloppy Headlines Day at Ha'aretz

Ha'aretz's Creative Headline Writer (HCHW) has a sidekick friend -- Ha'aretz's Sloppy Headline Writer (HSHW). HSHW was busy yesterday, leaving a paper trail on page 3.

First, there was the headline:

Court: Palestinians hurt on job in Israel to be recognized as work-accident victims

In fact, the accompanying story said the court ruling applied to Palestinian laborers injured "outside Israel," specifically in the now nonexistent Gaza settlement of Ganei Tal. The article reads:

In June 2005, three workers, one of them Chinese, were killed and four were wounded when a Qassam rocket slammed into a packing shed in the Ganei Tal settlement in the Gaza Strip. Unlike their Chinese colleague, the Palestinians were not recognized by the National Insurance Institute as victims of an act of hostility, as the law prevents recognizing them as such if they are working outside Israel.

The Palestinians' request to be recognized as work-accident victims, submitted immediately after the attack, was also rejected by the NII, again because they were hurt outside Israel. This law, however, was amended three months later, and laborers hurt while working outside Israel can now be recognized as work-accident victims.

The Regional Labor Court also rejected the Palestinians' claim for compensation because the Qassam attack occurred before the amendment came into effect. Two months ago, the three Palestinians appealed to the National Labor Court, which suggested in a hearing two weeks that they be recognized as work-accident victims for humanitarian reasons. . . .

The Regional Labor Court ruled that the Palestinians who moved from Gaza to Ganei Tal had not entered Israel, so the law did not apply to them. Adalah said in the appeal that this interpretation leads to discrimination against the Palestinian workers in relation to other laborers.

National Labor Court President Nili Arad realized this absurdity and suggested a lenient approach under which the NII would recognize the Palestinians as work-accident victims.

Inside. Outside. What's the difference.

Another page 3 story yesterday was headlined:

Prosecutors file indictments against MK Said Naffaa and 17 Druze sheikhs

But the first paragraph reads:

Northern District prosecutors have submitted in Nazareth Magistrate's Court two indictments against MK Said Naffaa (Balad ) and 16 Druze sheikhs, who are accused of illegally visiting Syria and Lebanon in past years.

16, 17, Who's counting?

Posted by TS at December 28, 2011 06:20 AM


maybe HaAretz now recognizes the Gaza Strip as a rightful part of Israel.

Posted by: Elliott A Green at December 28, 2011 03:23 PM

They want "humanitarian treatment?"

Tell them to talk to Haniyeh - he is chock-full of humanitarianism.

Posted by: Dr. Ron Polland at December 30, 2011 08:59 AM

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