Under international law Israel has the right to blockade Gaza and stop any flotilla or boats heading there because Hamas has created a state of armed conflict by launching more than 10,000 rockets and mortars into Israel targeting and killing civilians. Despite this, Israel still allows inspected food and other humanitarian goods into Gaza.
The March 8th edition of the New York Times inexplicably placed on the front page above the fold "Mideast Din Drowns Out Palestinians," featuring an inflammatory photo apparently showing Israeli soldiers firing rifles at “Palestinian stone-throwers.” But that's not what the photo actually showed, and this was only the beginning of the report's problems.
Israel’s adversaries have always charged the country with misdeeds, but only relatively recently have these alleged evils coalesced into the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS), modeled after the campaign against apartheid South Africa. As a detailed examination shows, the apartheid charges are utterly false. The activists who level these charges deserve no credibility.
According to a report by Ethan Bronner of the New York Times, Israel imprisoned a Palestinian child merely for "throwing stones and hanging Palestinian flags from telephone poles." In fact the teenager in question was convicted for attempted murder and possession of explosives.
Palestinians may indeed be frustrated with more than 18 years of on-again, off-again negotiations, but the question is with whom should they be frustrated – Israel, or their own leaders, such as Mahmoud Abbas, who have consistently fumbled opportunities to end the conflict with Israel and create a state of Palestine?
"Jerusalem Outings Go Beyond the Biblical," a New York Times travel article, was yet another example of the decline in standards and the absence of fact-checking at the country’s – if not the world’s – leading newspaper. For example, former PM Ariel Sharon was said to be "implicated" in the Deir Yassin "massacre." Sharon, of course, took no part in the Deir Yassin battle. (The Times ran a partial correction after being contacted by CAMERA.)
President Obama's speech at the State Department on May 19 outlined his administration’s policy in the Middle East and North Africa, making some clean breaks with what had been key elements of US policy in the region for decades.
Palestinian leaders have said they will gain statehood via UDI (a Unilateral Declaration of Independence) rather than through negotiations with Israel. This would violate their agreements with Israel as well as US assurances to Israel, and would be likely to provoke violence. It would also be unlikely to actually achieve statehood.
Now that Osama bin Laden has been killed in Pakistan by US forces, it is important for the media and the general public to remember just what triggered his anti-American obsession – it was United States support for Saudi Arabia, not Israel.
Vittorio Arrigoni, terror tourist and International Solidarity Movement member, sought radical causes that would give his life meaning, and ended up befriending the extremist terrorists of Hamas. His murder in Gaza at the hands of terrorists even more radical than Hamas was the occasion for hagiography in the New York Times.