CAMERA: NY Times Coverage of Operation “Pillar of Defense” Whitewashes Hamas Terror
A Nov. 14 New York Times online news story that covered Israel’s “Pillar of Defense” operation, which came in response to an onslaught of rockets launched on the Jewish state by Hamas, in its headline described the operation as a “Ferocious Israeli Assault on Gaza.”
On its editorial page, the Times used similar language, saying Israel “launched one of the most ferocious assaults on Gaza since its invasion four years ago.” The Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) noted that the newspaper described Hamas terror chief Ahmed Jabari, who was killed in the Israel operation, “deceivingly as simply a ‘military commander.'”
“Disregard that [Jabari] was involved in multiple terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians, including a 1998 attack on a school bus that killed two children,” CAMERA wrote on its blog, regarding the Times editorial. “Ignore the fact he commanded the operation in which Gilad Shalit was abducted and two other IDF soldiers killed. Forget that he ordered the launching of rockets into Israeli cities. All the above facts went unmentioned.”
The Times editorial also said Hamas “has mostly adhered to an informal cease-fire with Israel after the war there in the winter of 2008-09,” when it reality “the number of rockets launched into Israel had been steadily increasing to more than 650 fired during 2011 and more than 800 fired in 2012,” according to CAMERA.