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Tuesday, February 10, 2004

CAMERA obtains correction at NPR

Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America:
Error (NPR, “All Things Considered,” Peter Kenyon, 1/26/04): In a crushing display of military might, the world’s fourth-largest army swept back into the West Bank cities it had vacated during peace talks with the Palestinians.

Correction (2/5/04): In a story that aired January 26th on the strategy of Israel’s military to head off Palestinian attacks, we said that Israel’s army was the world’s fourth-largest. There are various measures of military strength, but, measured by manpower, Israel ranks 13th according to the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London.
Well done! (If you've ever written to NPR, you know what I mean.)

I learned lots of interesting things wandering around the CAMERA website. For instance, this piece by Lee Green, about media glorification of the mom bomb who killed four Israelis at a Gaza checkpoint on January 14, connects some dots that most of us failed to see.
Smiling at times in a videotape that showed her cradling a rifle, Al-Raiyshi said she had dreamed since she was 13 of “becoming a martyr” and dying for her people.

“It was always my wish to turn my body into deadly shrapnel against the Zionists and to knock on the doors of heaven with the skulls of Zionists,” said Raiyshi, wearing combat fatigues with a Hamas sash across her chest. (Fox News)

If Raiyshi dreamed of “becoming a martyr” since she was 13, that means that she dreamed of murdering Israelis in approximately 1995 (reports vary as to whether Raiyshi was 21 or 22), when Israel and the Palestinians were engaged in the Oslo peace process, and Gaza was under the jurisdiction of the Palestinian Authority.

Her statement highlights the likelihood that it is not any action of Israel's that provokes terrorism, but the pervasive incitement/indoctrination against Israel that Palestinians have been subjected to since 1993, when the Palestinian Authority came into existence.
Good work, Lee Green. It never even occurred to me.... See too CAMERA's BACKGROUNDER: Geneva Accords - it's an incredible resource.

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