Wednesday, September 16, 2015

From the New York Times, reporting on a stoning murder as if it was a natural event:

Rocks, apparently self-propelled, just magically appeared to pelt his car!

The first paragraph is almost as bad:
A Jewish man died early Monday morning after attackers pelted the road he was driving on with rocks as he was returning home from a dinner celebrating Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, the Israeli authorities said. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called an emergency meeting to discuss rock-throwing, mostly by Palestinian youths.
He just died after some unidentified "attackers" threw stones, not at his car or his head, but merely towards the road he was driving on. He wasn't murdered by stoning or anything like that. The Youths weren't aiming at his car, just casually tossing rocks on a road.

The man was identified in local news reports as Alexander Levlovich, 64. His death was reported as the police and Palestinian youths clashed for a second day at Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, amid tensions over increased visits by Jews for Rosh Hashana. The two-day holiday began at sundown on Sunday.
Is there any indication that the rock throwing is connected to the Arab riots on the Temple Mount?

The writer Diaa Hadid seems to think so, ignoring that these types of rock throwing incidents happen every day. But by juxtaposing the two she minimizes the crime by finding a supposed crime being done by Jews that could anger the youths.

Also - Jews were visiting Al Aqsa Mosque? Really? The New York Times now accepts the Arab lie that the entire Temple Mount is the Al Aqsa Mosque!

By implication, an area that is only holy to Jews - where Palestinian Arabs engage in soccer, volleyball and parkour - has been transformed to a Muslim holy place that Jews are trespassing on.

And somehow Jews attempting to visit their holy place, which the Times doesn't mention as the Temple Mount until much later, justifies Arabs stoning cars with Jewish drivers?

Finally, we learn in paragraph 4:
Ynet, an Israeli news site, quoted a woman who said that she was a passenger in the car and that it crashed after being hit by a thrown object. The site did not identify the woman.
But then we see the justification for the murder later on:
Palestinians frequently argue that rocks and crude incendiary devices are among their only weapons to press for independence, and to defend themselves against Israeli forces during confrontations. For some young Palestinians in areas where there are frequent tensions, their use has become a rite of passage.
See? Throwing boulders - and firebombs - at civilians is just a way to gain independence - independence that Israel has offered numerous times, by the way.

In paragraph 11, we finally learn that Jews also believe they have a claim to the holy site in Jerusalem, but it it much fuzzier than the Muslim claim:
In East Jerusalem, Ms. Samri, the police spokeswoman, said protesters had thrown rocks at officers who had entered the contested holy site of the Al Aqsa Mosque — revered by Jews as the Temple Mount and known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary, one of the three holiest sites in Islam — so they could allow non-Muslims, including Jews, to enter the area.
Why doesn't the article mention that the Temple Mount is undoubtedly the holiest site in Judaism? Because the NYT doesn't quite believe it:
Similar clashes took place in July, as Jews held an annual fast day commemorating the destruction of two ancient temples believed to have once stood at the holy site.
A site is accepted as holy to Muslims because of a legend about a flying horse, but Jewish Temples were only "believed" to have stood at that spot.

What a sick piece of reporting, and headline-writing, in the New York Times.

(h/t DM)

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