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September 25, 2011

Ha'aretz Headlines Again Erase Violence

On Thursday we documented how a Ha'aretz headline writer transformed violent stone-throwing incidents, in which Israelis were injured, into "peaceful" protests. Friday and today, the trend continues. On Friday, a page two subheadline in the English edition states "No violent clashes." The subheadline is contradicted by the factually accurate accompanying article by Avi Issacharoff, which reports:

Major violent clashes between the Israel Defense Forces and the Palestinians have not yet occurred. . .

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As Issacharoff correctly notes, no major violent incidents occurred, though violent incidents did occur, nonetheless, as detailed in our earlier analysis.

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Palestinian youths throw stones towards Israeli soldiers during clashes with at the Qalandia checkpoint between the West Bank city of Ramallah and Jerusalem on September 21, 2011. AFP PHOTO/AHMAD GHARABLI

Today, a page two headline reads "Fear of weekend clashes prove baseless," even while another article on the same page states:

Just hours earlier, near the West Bank village of Qusra, Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian man during rock-throwing clashes between the villagers and Israeli settlers, according to witnesses and military accounts. . . .

At Qalandiya, a major Israeli checkpoint between the West Bank and Jerusalem, Israeli troops fired tear gas to disperse Palestinian stone-throwers. The confrontations lasted several hours, and by late afternoon, medics said some 70 Palestinians had been injured by rubber-coated steel pellets or suffered tear gas inhalation.

In the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, Palestinians burned Israeli flags and posters of U.S. President Barack Obama, and threw stones before being enveloped by tear gas fired by Israeli troops. Clashes were also reported in the nearby village of Bil'in.

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Posted by TS at September 25, 2011 02:54 AM


Throwing stones to kill people should be treated as attempted murder - and sentenced to many, many years locked up in a small dark cell with nowhere to go and nobody to see them.

Posted by: Anon at September 25, 2011 05:43 AM

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