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Wednesday, August 20, 2003


NY Times headline yesterday:

by Ian Fisher
"One settler who died in 2001, on March 26, was Mr. Pas's only child, hit in the head by a bullet fired from the nearby Abu Sneinah neighborhood." --top of [online] Page 2 of 2

Ian Fisher calls Shalhevet Pass, a 10-month-old infant murdered in cold blood: "one settler who died."
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Here is the story of this "one settler who died," from the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
Mar 26, 2001 - Shalhevet Pass, age 10 months, was killed by sniper fire at the entrance to the Avraham Avinu neighborhood in Hebron.

Shalhevet, seated in her stroller, was going with her parents to visit her grandparents in the Avraham Avinu neighborhood in Hebron. A Palestinian sniper opened fire from the Abu Sneneh neighborhood on the hill opposite. Shalhevet was fatally wounded by a shot to the head. Her father, Yitzhak, was moderately wounded in both legs.

Her parents, Yitzhak and Oriya, have been married for about two years. Shalhevet was their first child. Yitzhak is a yeshiva student. Oriya, who grew up in Hebron, works as a teacher's aide in a nursery school.

The family has known terrorist attacks in the past. In November 1993, Oriya's father was attacked and seriously injured by two axe-wielding Palestinians on his way to morning prayers near the Machpela Cave. In January 1996, Oriya's sister, Orital, then 14, was stabbed in the back by a Palestinian near the Hebron market. This past March 10, Yitzhak's brother was shot in the leg while visiting the family in Hebron.

Shalhevet was buried in the ancient Jewish cemetery in Hebron.
When Shalhevet was murdered, the headline on the Washington Post's website was: "Jewish Toddler Dies in West Bank." See HonestReporting Communique of 27 March 2001.

Of course, then there's the issue of the headline and thrust of the article: ". . . worry about terror attacks by Jews is growing." Note that the Times' report on yesterday's slaughter of Jews on a bus in Jerusalem -- by Jerusalem Bureau Chief, James Bennet -- only mentions terror where the word can be attributed to Israeli sources, for example:
"the people Israel considers terrorists"

"Saying that terrorists are using their declared cease-fire to re-arm, Israel . . . "

". . . for what it [Israel] says are wanted terrorists"

It is doubtful that the Times will bother with the names of the Jews massacred on that bus yesterday, yet James Bennet is very careful to refer to the suicide bomber as "Mr. Misk."

The Times not only demonstrates the utmost respect for suicide bombers, it goes to great lengths to glorify them. See the protest site called The New York Times versus Israel at www.nytimesprotest.org. I urge you to subscribe.