The New York Times is known to have an Israel problem. Its bias is not confined to its editorial and Op-Ed pages. It manifests itself in many ways – including inappropriate editorializing in news stories, double standards, and distorted news coverage. The Times Jerusalem bureau chief and Op-Ed columnists do not even bother to hide their animus toward Israel. .
The caption read:
An Israeli Arab youth was arrested after ultranationalist Jews marched defiantly through Umm al Famm, an Arab town in northern Israel.
What did the Times omit?
*There was no mention of the fact that the nationalist Jewish demonstration was against the extremism of that town’s cleric and his radical movement, which incites against Jewish rights.
The clear implication was that the Arab youth was an innocent victim of Israeli police in cahoots with ultranationalist Jews encroaching on Arab territory. What was the real story?
On October 27, 2010, police arrested nine Arabs in Umm el Fahm for hurling rocks at Jewish demonstrators and police. Hundreds of Arab men in that town began rioting – throwing rocks and burning tires – after nationalist Jews, followers of the late Rabbi Meir Kahane, commemorated his assassination by demonstrating against Umm el Fahm resident Ra’ed Salah and his Islamic Movement. Salah a radical Islamic leader, rejects Jewish ties to Jerusalem and has repeatedly incited his people against Jews exercising their religious rights in their holy city.
Two other small photos pertaining to Israel were included in the “Year in Pictures” feature, both of which similarly included misleading captions that misrepresented events regarding the Gaza flotilla in June 2010. They were:
Uriel Sinai, pool photo: “An Israel Navy ship, background, intercepted a flotilla carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza in the Mediterranean Sea. Nine people were killed.”
Uriel Sinai, Getty images: “Activists from the aid flotilla at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv before returning to Turkey.”
What was misrepresented or omitted?
The flotilla was on a “humanitarian” mission to bring “aid” to Gaza.
The main organizers of the trip were the Turkish Insani Yardim Vakfi (IHH), which has worked closely with terrorist organizations, and the Free Gaza Movement, which is strongly linked to the extremist International Solidarity Movement (ISM).
IHH, which has recruited soldiers for war and delivered arms to fighters, also works closely with the Hamas terror organization. Researchers have cited links between the group and Al Qaida and charged the group with involvement in a failed plot to bomb the Los Angeles International Airport. As MEMRI has documented, many of the participants — from Egypt, Jordan, Yemen — were members of the Muslim Brotherhood and numerous had declared their desire for martyrdom.
Nine people aboard the Mavi Marmara were killed as a result of the violent activities on board that ship. Video footage clearly shows Israeli soldiers landing on the ship being immediately and violently set upon by gangs of passengers awating them on deck. The attack on the Israeli soldiers began, as retired British Marine Officer Peter Cook acknowledged on British television, while the first Israeli soldier still had both of his hands on the rope being used to lower him onto the ship. The footage, and pictures that were released by the IHH, show, among other acts of violence, a passenger stabbing an Israeli soldier, gangs of passengers pummelling soldiers with metal rods and other objects, and a soldier being thrown off a high deck. Testimony from both Israeli soldiers and activist passengers describes pistols being taken from injured soldiers. The ship’s captain reportedly told Israeli soldiers that the violent passengers threw their guns overboard before the ship was completely taken over.