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Date: Thu, 5 Apr 2001 14:37:38 +0200
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Subject: Burying the Children
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05 April 2001
"BURYING THE CHILDREN"
* * *
The deliberate murder of the Jewish baby, Shalhevet Pass, by a Palestinian s=
condemned around the world, leaving people everywhere to wonder how a human=20=
could line up a baby's head in the crosshairs of his sniper scope and pull t=
But the atrocity apparently had a different effect on some reporters who hav=
for six months to present a "balanced and even-handed" portrayal of the figh=
ting -- or=20
in some cases a sympathetic picture of the Palestinian side. These reporters=
mitigated Palestinian terrorist bombers by calling them "militants," while w=
possible labeling Israeli victims as "settlers" -- in an attempt to "downgra=
from the ranks of innocent civilians.
So how did the "even-handers" handle Shalhevet=92s funeral?=20
On April 2, The New York Times ran Deborah Sontag's report headlined "Israel=
Funeral Becomes Focus of Settler Militancy." Sontag reminds readers several=20=
Palestinian casualties in describing Shalhevet's funeral: "One [Jewish mourn=
er] held a=20
framed photograph of Shalhevet in her Purim costume, in the style of the Pal=
mothers who grieve for their martyred sons."=20
That sentence provided Sontag with the perfect and immediate segue into her=20=
of youthful Palestinian casualties killed by Israelis: "An 11-year-old Pales=
boy, Muhammad Tamini, was buried today in a small quiet funeral in his villa=
Ramallah. The boy died of wounds sustained in clashes with Israeli troops tw=
In her search for evenhandedness, Sontag then finds a backhanded way to port=
Shalhevet as a despised settler: "Many Israelis have long considered the Heb=
settlers to be extremists, living in a world apart. But they rallied behind=20=
community after Shalhevet was killed; newspaper headlines referred to the ki=
an Israeli baby and not a "settler baby."
Sontag makes the outrageous implication that Jews might normally disregard t=
ruthless murder of another Jew, simply because they don't share the same pol=
views. Is the average Israeli so petty and cold-hearted? I don't believe so.=
perhaps Sontag is.
Read Sontag's article:=20
Not to be outdone, Suzanne Goldenberg of the Guardian paints a nasty picture=
Shalevet's mourners: "Thousands of Jewish settlers, bristling with sophistic=
weapons and swearing revenge, gathered yesterday for the funeral of a baby g=
Goldenberg then attempts to "even out" the atrocities: "Few Palestinians she=
for Shalhevet. About 130 of the 455 people who have been killed in the upris=
Palestinians under the age of 18, the latest an 11-year-old Ramallah boy who=
buried yesterday, after being shot in the head by an Israeli soldier."
In Goldenberg's eyes, two children have been shot in the head, and there is=20=
distinction to made. But the comparison, of course, is false. No Israeli sol=
ever aimed to kill innocent children sitting in baby carriages or playing in=
sandbox. Tragically, Palestinian children are shot when they participate in=20=
demonstrations or by errant bullets that may have also come from Palestinian=
shooting at Israeli soldiers.
Read Goldenberg's story:
And in a Guardian analysis piece, Jonathan Freedland draws another false com=
"[Palestinians] have seen a 12-year-old boy, Muhammad al-Durrah, shot dead i=
father's arms (just like Shalhavet)."
Of course, the Muhammad al-Durrah incident left a lot of questions unanswere=
most important being what he and his father were doing in the heart of cross=
shooting, whether it was actually an Israeli or Palestinian bullet that stru=
and how the media came to be perfectly placed to photograph it. Is this comp=
Shalhevet being murdered in cold blood on the playground?
Read Freedland's column:
CNN had its own version of even-handedness: "Two children on either side of=20=
Israeli-Palestinian conflict are being buried on Sunday. Jewish settlers are=
10-month-old girl killed by sniper fire while Palestinians are burying an 11=
boy shot during clashes with Israeli forces."=20
Meanwhile, Los Angeles Times reporter Tracy Wilkinson downplayed the Arab id=
Shalhevet's killer, leaving it as mere Israeli =93hear-say.=94 She writes: "=
settlers buried 10-month-old Shalhevet Pas on Sunday, six days after the arm=
y says she=20
was shot dead by a Palestinian sniper... Shalhevet was shot to death and her=
Yitzhak, was wounded by what Israeli authorities say was a single bullet fro=
Read Wilkinson's coverage: http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/20010402/t0000=
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