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June 03, 2015

Haaretz Expunges Khader Adnan's Islamic Jihad Affiliation

Not for the first time, Haaretz whitewashes the violent past of a Palestinian prisoner.

The following prominent, four column, above the fold, stand alone Agence France Presse color photograph appears on page 2 of the English print edition today:

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The accompanying caption reads:

The father of Khader Adnan, a Palestinian prisoner who is on a hunger strike in protest over his detention without trial, sits next to a framed poster of his son in the West Bank village of Araba, near Jenin, yesterday.

Haaretz's caption includes no mention of Khader Adnan's senior position in Islamic Jihad, a designated terror organization, although the original AFP caption (below) did specify Adnan's affiliation.

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The original AFP caption states:

The father of Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan, a senior member of Islamic Jihad who is jailed in Israel, sits next to a framed poster of his son inside his house in the West Bank village of Araba, near Jenin, on June 2, 2015. Adnan has been on hunger strike for nearly 28 days to protest against his detention without trial. (Emphasis added.)

There is room on the Haaretz page for the additional six words ("a senior member of Islamic Jihad"), which are essential to the story, but an editor at Haaretz made the deliberate decision to strike them.

Posted by TS at June 3, 2015 02:57 AM

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