The NYT and Fake 'Martyrdom'

A 64-year-old Palestinian terrorist serving a life term in an Israeli prison for sending a suicide bomber to Jerusalem dies of throat cancer and, predictably, Palestinian leaders immediately join Palestinian prisoners in blaming Israel ("Palestinians Jailed in Israel Protest After Inmate Dies" by Isabel Kershner, April 3, page A10). Also predictably, the New York Times obliges with a six-column article, plus a photograph of protest clashes in Hebron. Jerusalem correspondent Kershner's article gives full vent to slanderous accusations by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad that the death of the jailed Palestinian, Maysara Abu Hamdiya, was caused by medical negligence on the part of prison authorities. It would be one thing if Palestinian leaders called for an investigation of his treatment. In any case, Israel does this routinely whenever a Palestinian inmate dies. But Abbas and Fayyad have quite another thing thing in mind -- an...(Read Full Post)