NY Times hits new depth in Israel coverage

In its July 27 edition, the New York Times runs a lengthy article by Jerusalem bureau chief Ethan Bronner about Israeli women who smuggle Palestinian women from the West Bank past checkpoints into Israel for a day at the beach ("Where Politics Are Complex, Simple Joys at the Beach -- Israelis and Palestinians Dare to Swim Together")  Bronner writes approvingly of such civil disobedience, portraying the Israeli women as heroic figures risking criminal prosecution for standing up against the Israeli "occupation."  The Times splashes his dispatch over the better part of the first page of the International News section -- with two huge photographs -- one showing the Israeli and Palestinian women at the beach in Tel Aviv and the other depicting them as happily dancing together. To fathom the mindset of the Israeli women, Bronner quotes one of the organizers, Hanna Rubinstein:  "What we are doing will not change the situation.  But it is one more activity to...(Read Full Post)