Monday, August 12, 2013

How NY Times helps Israel milk prisoner release for emotional propaganda

From Electronic Intifada, an article by Ali Abunimah referring to the impending release of long term prisoners by the israelis.

"....But what’s most striking – and unremarked – about all this is that Israelis are, by and large, the only ones who have the opportunity to bewail the release of prisoners held for decades for killing their loved ones as some sort of great sacrifice and injustice.

Due to the systematic and near-total impunity that protects Israelis from consequences for killing or injuring Palestinians, there is just no parallel on the Palestinian side.

Going back to the creation of Israel, Palestinians have almost never seen the killers of their children receive appropriate punishment.

Notoriously, Colonel Issachar Shadmi, the brigade commander who ordered themassacre of 47 villagers at Kafr Qassem in 1956, was found guilty of a mere “administrative error” and fined one penny.

The examples of crimes where there has been a total absence of accountability and justice are simply too numerous to list, but they include the 1982 Sabra and Shatila massacres of thousands of Palestinians during the Israeli occupation of Lebanon, and more recently more than 1,400 Palestinians killed in Gaza in 2008-2009 duringOperation Cast Lead.

In one particularly horrific example, on 4-5 January 2009, Israeli occupation forces herded 100 civilians into the house of Wael al-Samouni, mostly women and children, and then deliberately shelled the house"

Read the whole article here:

How NY Times helps Israel milk prisoner release for emotional propaganda

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