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Thursday, June 12, 2003

New York Times insists on equivalence

Ian Fisher of the Times drives me crazy. Headline: Suicide blast kills 16 in Jerusalem; Israel strikes Gaza. The press, in some attempt to appear objective, or to keep from admitting who is wrong in the Arab-israeli conflict, creates and perpetuates this notion of an "unending cycle of violence" which makes no sense to anyone because it is a false substitute for understanding the complexity. I still read the Times, though, and find even the worst articles valuable for the quotes from people who are actually there, living through this nightmare:

"I am 20 years old, and I have seen six suicide bombings," said Aaron Batish, who works in a pharmacy on Jaffa Road. He does not believe there is any hope for the peace plan. "We don't believe it," he said. "Like Oslo," he added, referring to the last peace accord, signed in 1993 but never fully carried out, "it's one or two years, and it goes away." He had his own solution to the struggle with the Palestinians. "We need to send them from Israel," he said.

"This is totally unjustified -- so many innocent people were hurt," said Rafiq Murtaja. Two of his relatives, including a 12-year-old boy, were wounded by shrapnel. "I'm so angry I'm ready to blow myself up -- not just in Jerusalem, but anywhere in the world," he said.

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