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August 30, 2012

The New York Times Omits Crucial Information in Report of Corrie Civil Case

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The New York Times continues to reveal its unreliability in reporting on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, omitting crucial information in its coverage of the verdict in the civil case of activist Rachel Corrie's death.

The Times piece, "Court Rules Israel is Not at Fault in the 2003 Death of an American Activist" on Aug. 29, 2012 by correspondents Jodi Rudoren and Danielle Ziri spans six columns, yet mentions just once in passing that Corrie had "joined the International Solidarity Movement in January 2003," without providing any further information on the organization's politics, goals and activities.

According to NGO Monitor, a group that monitors non-governmental organizations active in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the International Solidarity Movement (ISM)

encourages activists to take “direct action? that often places them in danger and in direct confrontations with Israeli Defense Forces during military operations. An article in Mother Jones described ISM as, “Embracing Palestinian militants, even suicide bombers, as freedom fighters,? and “entering military zones to interfere with the operations of Israeli soldiers.?

NGO Monitor quotes statements made by ISM leaders revealing their ruthlessness. For example,

in response to Corrie’s death, ISM co-founder Thom Saffold said, “It’s possible they [the protesters] were not as disciplined as we would have liked. But we’re like a peace army. Generals send young men and women off to operations, and some die.?

ISM bills itself as a “a Palestinian-led movement committed to resisting the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land using nonviolent, direct-action methods and principles." But according to NGO monitor,

in a 2002 article, ISM co-founders Adam Shapiro and Huwaida Arraf wrote, “The Palestinian resistance must take on a variety of characteristics, both non-violent and violent...In actuality, nonviolence is not enough...Yes, people will get killed and injured,? but these deaths are “no less noble than carrying out a suicide operation. And we are certain that if these men were killed during such an action, they would be considered shaheed Allah.?

Rudoren and Ziri went into detail describing Corrie's protest activities and quoted her lawyer that "It's a black day for activists of human rights and people who believe in values of dignity." But they couldn't find any space among the hundreds of words to inform readers of what the ISM actually stands for and that it intentionally places young impressionable Westerners like Rachel Corrie in harm's way, sacrificing their lives to serve a radical agenda.

Posted by SS at August 30, 2012 02:13 PM


Just as Pat Tillman’s 2004 friendly-fire death was covered up by the Army (and those responsible whitewashed by both the Bush and Obama administrations), the nature of Yoni Netanyahu’s 1976 death at Entebbe was covered up the IDF. Yoni and Pat Tillman were eerily similar characters, both driven by a sense of integrity, honesty and conviction. As was Rachel Corrie, who was Pat Tillman’s hero.

In her book, “Boots on the Ground by Dusk,? Mary Tillman (Pat’s mother) wrote: “Everywhere I look in this house, I’m staggered by memories. … I stay in the house to look at Pat’s books on the shelves and appreciate his special keepsakes displayed in the dining room hutch. As I’m looking at the mementos, I find a small newspaper clipping I’ve seen before. The article is about Rachel Corrie … I remember picking up the article from the same spot more than a year ago [2003] and asking Pat, ‘Who’s this?’ ‘That’s my hero,’ Pat said. ‘She was a stud; she had a lot of guts.’ I read the article with tears in my eyes then; now, I quietly cry.?

It’s ironic that while Rachel was a hero to Pat Tillman, she is viewed with contempt by Yoni’s family. Iddo Netanyahu said that he feels "that there is an inherent incompatibility in the joining together, in one evening, of a play based on my brother Yoni's letters [“To Pay the Price?] with the play 'My Name Is Rachel Corrie.?

[For more, see the June 2010 post, “That’s My Hero?: Pat Tillman, Rachel Corrie, and Yoni Netanyahu, at the feralfirefighter blog]

Posted by: Guy Montag at August 30, 2012 04:06 PM

guilt by association, nothing more, nothing less.
none of the content in this post provides evidence that Corrie herself was participating in any violent act at the time of her death, or that she otherwise took any action that warranted running her over with heavy equipment.

Posted by: Mike S. at August 30, 2012 07:34 PM

Well, the term "guilt by association" actually does apply here, since she got herself killed following the precepts of the diseased organization that she was a member of. I'm sure no one is arguing that she A) wasn't part of the ISM or that B) the ISM doesn't stand for what they stand for.
Oh, and justbytheway, no one has said she was involved in a violent act. That made her less defective than other ISMers but not better than them. But a fact-free legaly analysis like yours? Always much appreciated.

Posted by: Ben at September 2, 2012 06:49 AM

What can we do to make the NY Times be more fair in covering Israel?

Posted by: Hypatia at September 6, 2012 11:53 AM

Why would Rachel Corrie's parents send their
child to a war zone andyway?

Posted by: Selma Soss at September 8, 2012 04:06 PM

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