Tweets by reporters can offer a fascinating and sometimes embarrassing glimpse into their mind set, biases and agenda. Indeed, embarrassment is why Jodi Rudoren, the New York Times Jerusalem Bureau Chief, has had to have her Tweets and Facebook postings supervised by her editors.
If she somehow has failed to read it, here are the key portions of The Covenant of the Islamic Resistance Movement, which call for exterminating all Jews and liberating the entirety of Palestine (which it identifies as a holy “Islamic Waqf,” for Moslems only):
The Day of Judgement will not come about until Moslems fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Moslems, O Abdulla, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him. Only the Gharkad tree, (evidently a certain kind of tree) would not do that because it is one of the trees of the Jews.” (Article 7)
The Islamic Resistance Movement believes that the land of Palestine is an Islamic Waqf consecrated for future Moslem generations until Judgement Day. It, or any part of it, should not be squandered: it, or any part of it, should not be given up. Neither a single Arab country nor all Arab countries, neither any king or president, nor all the kings and presidents, neither any organization nor all of them, be they Palestinian or Arab, possess the right to do that. Palestine is an Islamic Waqf land consecrated for Moslem generations until Judgement Day. (Article 11)
Does she wonder why Hamas refused a ceasefire weeks ago, only to accept the same terms after three weeks of bloodletting? Has it occurred to her that Hamas really doesn’t mind civilian casualties in Gaza at all, and does its best to cause them in Israel? Has it occurred to her that by hiding their rockets and mortars and weapons warehouses and “fighters” and leaders behind civilians, Hamas was guaranteeing civilian casualties, but picked a fight with Israel anyhow? Has it occurred to her to ask Hamas leaders why that might be?
And if it hasn’t occurred to her to ask these or similar questions, can she really call herself a reporter?