October 31, 2009
The Oct. 26 picture of Israeli soldiers standing over praying Palestinians, along with the first half of the Associated Press article it accompanied, about a clash with Israeli police at a mosque, distorted the sequence of events of the day before. Readers absorbing the picture and the first five paragraphs would have the perception that Israel initiated the conflict at the mosque. In reality, Israel responded only to Palestinians "hurling stones and plastic chairs," and it was trying to stop the rioting and protect this holy site.
April 5, 2011 |
JENIN, West Bank — A black flag hung Tuesday over the Freedom Theater in the Jenin refugee camp , where tearful young Palestinians mourned the sudden death of their Israeli teacher, a prominent actor and director slain a day earlier by a masked gunman in a nearby alley. Juliano Mer Khamis, the son of a Jewish mother and Arab father, was the founding director of the youth theater, a project he saw as a mission to bring cultural revival to a community scarred by years of violence and occupation.
September 30, 2011
The Post ran a large, front-page picture in the Sept. 22 newspaper of a tussle between Israeli undercover police and a Palestinian demonstrator and another picture of an armed Israeli soldier kicking away a burning tire . With such coverage of the demonstrations in the occupied territories, The Post gave the impression that there was widespread violence when, as the article on Page A12 related, these demonstrations in favor of statehood were...
April 1, 2013
Fareed Zakaria [" An appeal to Israel's conscience ," op-ed, March 28] called President Obama's appeal to Israelis to empathize with Palestinians "the most likely path to peace and a Palestinian state. " This overlooks the fact that Israelis already support peace and previously offered the Palestinians a state during talks in 2000, 2001 and 2008. It was the Palestinians who responded with rejection and terrorism and whose conscience must be stirred if there is ever to be peace. Mr. Obama should instead have asked Palestinian...
December 14, 2011
If the Palestinians were "invented," as Newt Gingrich said [ "Gingrich: Palestinians an ‘invented' people," news story, Dec. 10], so, too, were the Saudi Arabians, Jordanians and Syrians. The country boundaries for these people were mostly invented by the British and French following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire after World War I. Much of the current Middle East, in fact, is a fairly arbitrary creation of Western powers. This is partly why the West is so resented in the region.
June 21, 2013 |
Among the half-million refugees who have poured across the border from Syria into Lebanon is a group of people who find themselves doubly displaced. To date, an estimated 55,000 Palestinians have sought sanctuary in Lebanon from the war in Syria, according to the United Nations, most of them descendants of families displaced by the creation of Israel in 1948. As refugees in Syria, they lived in camps and lacked citizenship, but they had built lives, established homes, held down jobs and were generally regarded to have...