Times Takes Palestinian View of '48 War

Leave it to Jodi Rudoren, the NY Times' Jerusalem bureau chief, to take a gratuitous swipe at the Israelis – even in an article about an entirely different subject.

Here is Rudoren, writing about the London meeting between Tzipi Livni and Mahmoud Abbas – the first contact between the negotiators since the "peace talks" collapsed a week or so ago:

After two young Palestinian men were killed Thursday by Israeli security forces during a demonstration commemorating the Nakba – Arabic for “catastrophe,” and the word used to describe Israel’s destruction of Palestinian villages as it became a state in 1948 – two Israeli journalists said they were nearly “lynched” by a Palestinian mob.

Really?  The "catastrophe" bewailed by the Palestinans is the actual creation of the State of Israel after the loss of the war against Israel, launched by said Palestinians and every other Arab country in the region.

Rudoren bends over backwards to work in an irrelevant and snarky comment about the destruction of Arab villages, as if such (to the extent it really happened) was deliberate Jewish meanness rather than a consequence of the vicious military attacks against which Israel had to defend itself.  And by the way, her link to the word "Nakba," connects the reader to her previous article, in which she wrote another one of her sob stories about Palestinian suffering at Arab hands.