What NY Times and Wash. Post kept secret from readers in April
April Fool's Day is not the only day of the year when the NY Times and the Wash. Post serve up misleading coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. When it comes to developments on that front, any day of the year qualifies for pouncing on and blowing up Israeli flaws, while carefully censoring Palestinian misdeeds. The net result, fabricated but clearly intended: Only Israel stands in the way of peace.
Here is a compendium, by no means complete, of events that NY Times and Wash. Post editors and correspondents chose to ignore in just one month, starting with April Fool's Day:
April 1-Hamas official urges Palestinian women to blow themselves up "for the sake of Jerusalem."
April 2-PA arrests woman for criticizing Abbas on Facebook, cracks down on journalists.
April 3-Palestinian revisionism - Moses was a Muslim who led Muslims in exodus from Egypt.
April 3-Medieval blood libel of Jews gaining in popularity in Jordan.
April 4-Rocket explosions in Eilat - one rocket hits near apartment building.
April 5-Arab League boycotts Adidas for sponsoring Jerusalem marathon.
April 8-Two rockets fired from Gaza explode in southern Israel.
April 9-Muslims reject shared prayer areas at Tomb of Patriarchs, aim for exclusive use.
April 10-Abbas' cabinet minister: Palestinian unity needed to destroy Israel.
April 12-Heavily armed Palestinian nabbed on way to Passover terror attack.
April 18-Terrorists freed in Shalit deal return to terrorism.
April 19-Egypt's Grand Mufti prays at Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, triggers firestorm for legitimizing Israel.
April 19-Barghouti, who led second intifada, confesses Arafat gave OK.
April 19-Arabs stab young Jews in Jerusalem on Holocaust Remembrance Day.
April 20-Hamas' No. 2 says won't honor any peace treaty with Israel.
April 21-Two Palestinians, with arsenal of weapons, explosives nabbed in West Bank.
April 23-Abbas' PA TV airs poem for children, "Our enemy Zion is Satan with a tail."
April 24-Abbas blocks websites that criticize him.
April 26-Arabs attack Jews in heart of Jerusalem, injure 3 members of Jewish family.
April 28-IDF arrests Palestinian carrying two bombs at security checkpoint near Nablus
Leo Rennert is a former White House correspondent and Washington bureau chief of McClatchy Newspapers