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September 15, 2013

AP Better Than AFP on 20 Years Since Oslo

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Last week we noted AFP's egregious omission of any mention of Palestinian suicide bombings and rocket attacks in its coverage marking 20 years since the signing of the Oslo accords. The AFP's entirely one-sided reporting in which Palestinians had zero role in the breakdown of talks stands in stark contrast to the AP's more balanced story.

Though Karin Laub's article, "20 years on, Oslo Accords promise rings hollow," focuses largely on settlements, it also manages to refer to Palestinian violence.

She writes:

Many Israel, scarred by Palestinian suicide bombings and rocket fire from Gaza, are skeptical of the other sides' intentions and believe the politically divided Palestinians cannot carry out a peace deal, even if one is reached. . . .

Over the past 20 years, both sides have traded blame over the failures. . .

Israelis say Palestinians have used violence to try to extract concessions.

AP's references to Palestinian suicide bombings and rockets is only noteworthy due the AFP's skewed "reporting." Maybe if the AFP found a reporter whose other job isn't working for a Palestinian Authority newspaper, it too could get the job done.

Posted by TS at September 15, 2013 03:13 AM


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