The “activist” who organized a restaurant attack and the murder of girls at a bat mitzvah

April 18, 2017

There is another dispatch today which you can read here:

Rare respect in the UK for the victim of a Palestinian terror attack; and Hannah Bladon’s killer will now likely be rewarded with British aid money.




[Note by Tom Gross]

Following outrage across the Israeli political spectrum, the New York Times has been forced to add the caption (image above) to its widely promoted op-ed on Sunday by convicted Palestinian terrorist Marwan Barghouti.

Although Barghouti was convicted on just three counts -- of the murder of three Israeli civilians (and wounding of 31 others) in an attack on a Tel Aviv seafood restaurant, of the murder of one Israeli civilian in a terrorist attack on a gas station, and of the murder of a Greek orthodox monk (who was shot dead after being mistaken for an orthodox Jew) -- he was (as I know from my time reporting on Barghouti’s terrorism while I was a Middle East correspondent for the London Sunday Telegraph and the New York Daily News) also responsible for orchestrating the murder of dozens of other civilians, in a series of acts from which he has expressed no remorse. Not that you would know this from the New York Times’ coverage.

Among his other terrorism, Barghouti also ordered the January 17, 2002 shooting attack of a bat mitzvah celebration at a banquet hall in Hadera, in which six Israelis were killed and 26 injured, including many children. And the shooting spree the following week on Jaffa Street in Jerusalem, in which two Israelis were killed, and 37 wounded.



Meanwhile, in its headline today, The Times of London describes convicted terrorist Barghouti as an “activist” while downplaying his terrorist activities.

In an article for the Times of Israel, Israeli center-left opposition leader Yair Lapid said of the New York Times:

“Barghouti doesn’t only believe in violence, he also believes that it’s permissible to lie. He believes in the approach, which typifies terror organizations, that the West is weak and naďve and so our media and good intentions should be cynically abused to attack us from within.

“The attempt by the New York Times ‘to be balanced’ amuses Barghouti. He understands that this sacred attempt at balance creates equal standing between murderer and murdered, terrorist and victim, lie and truth…

“The reality is that a convicted terrorist is inventing stories about those who imprison him, as prisoners do all over the world, including in the United States.

“Instead of saying to him – as a responsible newspaper should – that if he doesn’t have a shred of evidence to support his stories then they can’t be published, the New York Times published them in its opinion pages and didn’t even bother to explain to its readers that the author is a convicted murderer of the worst kind.”



“Shame on NYT for printing libelous op-ed by convicted killer Barghouti, the Palestinian Dylann Roof,” added former Israeli Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren.

Oren called the New York Times piece a “journalistic terror attack.” He said that Israel should consider action against the New York Times for publishing something “full of lies,” especially if it turns out the paper helped Barghouti smuggle his article out of prison.

Israeli government spokesperson David Keyes tweeted:

NYT omits “convicted mass murderer” from Barghouti byline. Excited to read upcoming op-eds by famed doctors Assad and Zawahiri.



The New York Times has for decades frequently been dishonest in its reporting of Israel presumably with the aim of denigrating the Jewish state and excusing the murder of its citizens, just as the paper did in the 1940s when it ignored the Holocaust while other less prominent papers reported on it.

-- Tom Gross


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