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New York Times Says Abbas ‘Vilified’ for Challenging Number of Holocaust Victims

April 28, 2014 11:54 am 31 comments

Mahmoud Abbas. Photo: World Economic Forum.

As Israelis mark Holocaust Remembrance Day at ceremonies naming individuals among the 6 million murdered Jews, The New York Times reports that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has in the past been “vilified” because he “challenged the number of Jewish victims.”

In an article today about Abbas’ statement condemning the Holocaust, Jerusalem bureau chief Jodi Rudoren writes: “Mr. Abbas has been vilified as a Holocaust denier because in his doctoral dissertation, published as a book in 1983, he challenged the number of Jewish victims and argued that Zionists had collaborated with Nazis to propel more people to what would become Israel.”

This passage is characteristic Times treatment of Israel and the Palestinians. Palestinian claims, no matter how specious or unfounded, are treated with neutrality at best, and afforded credibility, at worst. Abbas had written in his dissertation: “it is possible that the number of Jewish victims reached 6 million, but at the same time it is possible that the figure is much smaller – below one million.”

In stating that Abbas “challenged” the fact that six million Jews were killed in the Holocaust, The Times journalist falsely implies that there may actually have been substance to his claim.

The Times’ deferential language regarding the Palestinian leader’s Holocaust revisionism stands in stark contrast to the paper’s derisive treatment of Israeli leaders who six months ago had provided (correct) figures for Iranian sanctions relief. While Abbas “challenged” the figure of 6 million slaughtered Jews, Israeli officials “appear to have distorted what Iran would get.” (In fact, they didn’t.)

Rudoren’s characterization of Abbas being “vilified” for having “challenged” the number of Holocaust victims is consistent with her editorializing in another article last month. At the time, she unforgettably wrote that Israelis “demonized“ Palestinian Muqdad Salah, who had bludgeoned to death the sleeping 72-year-old Holocaust survivor Israel Tenenbaum.

Through The Times’ lens, the Palestinian murderer of a Holocaust survivor is “demonized,” and the Palestinian Holocaust revisionist is “vilified.”

Similarly, in The International New York Times print edition yesterday, the bureau chief refers to “Hamas, the militant Islamic group widely seen in the West as the devil.” (The online edition has by now substituted this bizarre formulation with the relatively neutral description: “the militant Islamic group that is widely reviled in the West.”)

Is Rudoren mocking the West’s antipathy towards Hamas, an organization which is responsible for countless suicide bombings, shootings, stabbings and rocket attacks which have killed hundreds, and maimed thousands?

Five paragraphs later, in the seventh paragraph of the article, The Times journalist buries the essential fact that “the United States and Europe have also outlawed [Hamas] as a terrorist organization.”

What justification is there for entirely ignoring the organization’s own deeds and words? The Hamas charter, for instance, exhorts: “The hour of judgment shall not come until the Muslims fight the Jews and kill them, so that the Jews hide behind trees and stone, and each tree and stone will say: ‘Oh Muslim, oh servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.”’

Thus, while Hamas routinely “demonizes” and “vilifies” Jews, The Times won’t say so.

Even Rudoren’s article early this year about Palestinian incitement, including descriptions of Jews as “barbaric monkeys, wretched pigs,” never says that Palestinians “demonize” or “vilify” Jews or Israelis. Instead, Rudoren blandly refers to the anti-Semitic incitement as “negative statements.”

“Fairness” is a primary value of the Gray Lady. According to its Standards and Ethics guidelines, “The goal of The New York Times is to cover the news as impartially as possible – ‘without fear or favor,’ in the words of Adolph Ochs, our patriarch.”

But so long as Holocaust revisionists and purveyors of genocidal anti-Semitic rhetoric are treated with more deference than Holocaust victims and survivors, Och’s lofty vision remains just that. As long as murderers are treated with more favor than victims, there is extreme partiality.

For now, the “demonized” murderer of a Holocaust survivor, the “vilified” Holocaust revisionist, and Hamas, “seen as the devil,” punctuate The Times’ troubled Israel coverage.

In the real Israel, on Holocaust Remembrance Day today and on Memorial Day next week, other victims – loved ones of Israel Tenenbaum, Holocaust survivors, relatives of those fallen in Hamas terror attacks – stand in silence remembering those belittled and forgotten by The Times.

31 Comments

  • and John…one more thing…

    Before you just straight out start calling Jews, Nazis… Educate yourself please. The truth is the truth, its ok if you realized you were wrong.

    https://www.google.com/search?q=grand+mufti+of+jerusalem&oq=grande+mufti&aqs=chrome.2.69i57j0l5.5292j0j7&sourceid=chrome&es_sm=0&ie=UTF-8

    and check out the movies “Al Durah Affair” and “According to Palestinian Sources” at http://www.seconddraft.org

  • If you want to tweet at the people responsible, here, tweet stuff like this:

    @sulliview @mattseaton @nytopinion Why does the NY Times editorial section promote the views of antisemites who want Israel destroyed?

    @sulliview @mattseaton @nytopinion Electronic intifada seek the destruction of the Jewish state. Why is that a valid viewpoint?

    @sulliview @mattseaton @nytopinion Intifada = the suicide-bombing of innocent Jews. Why do you promote “intifada” supporters?

    Etc.

    You should all tweet stuff like this, in your own way, but the bigger and better thing is to place phone calls to the NY Times complaining, and to send emails to every editor and staff member you can find. And to the publisher, managing editor, etc.

    All of you who care, you can’t just sit, read this small website, complain to yourselves, and forget about it. You need to be vocal in real life and reach out via phone, email, etc. and complain. And be heard.

    • I agree… its an information war…or in the palestinain case, a propaganda war.

      We need to continue to educate the truth and demand that others are accountable for their words. Insist on making others cite their information or provide facts, verifiable facts, to their claims.

      These bigot just spew whatever nonsense they want without ever providing even one shred of proof. Dont even bother arguing with them. Insisting on facts and the sources of these facts tends to shut these ignorant bigots right up, real quick.

    • Did anyone not remind the NYT that Mr. Abbas’ thesis when attending University in Moscow was the explicit denial that there even was a Holocaust? Surely, the erudite “paper of record” could have unearthed that small fact….if they even cared about facts.

  • The ADL really let this one slip. Usually there’s never a discouraging word uttered I the American media.

  • Whats the point of having comments open when they are such drivel, honestly, better off closing it.
    Also, linking to FrontPageMag is pretty sketchy and detracts from the message of the article, FrontPage being aligned with the racist “anti-Jihad” movement.
    A concise and important article though, kudos.

  • As though Abbas’s thesis that “Zionists” collaborated with the Nazis to increase the number of Jews seeking refuge in Palestine isn’t also incredibly repulsive.

    What sort of morons are Ruroden and her employers?

  • Michael Garfinkel

    As disgusting as Henry Ford’s anti-semitic rag, the Dearborn Independent was, it pales in comparison to the New York Times.

    At least Ford was transparent with headlines like “The International Jew: the world’s problem”, and he didn’t use Jews like Jerusalem bureau chief Jodi Rudoren to write his columns.

    Ruderen and the rest are a symptom of a more debased age.

    If only Netanyahu would go one step further than his recent condemnation, and send the Times Jerusalem bureau packing.

  • Isaac Waterman

    I’m disgusted by the writings of the NY Times about Israel and the Palestinians. It looks their journalists are hypnotized by anti-Semitic writings and ideas and are copying their thoughts. They are going back in times thousands of years instead of taking a stand against them. Shame on you.

    • MARKUS E BRAJTMAN

      +Journalism must be a very profitable profession.

      To sell more papers,and to be paid more, these journalists obviously get well paid for the lies to demonise Israel.
      The bigger the lie against Israel, the more papers will be sold.

  • I like the Arab New York Times. ” Anything that may be true we change it to please the Arab master we do, we do.”
    Julius Streicher of Hitler’s anti Semitic rag”Der Stuermer” would be proud to be chief editor of the Arab New York Times. It would be up he alley.

  • When i think of Jodi Rudoren, I think of Samuel Rosenman,
    http://www.wymaninstitute.org/articles/2010-12-fdr-had-his-kissinger.php
    FDR had his Kissinger, too
    Henry Kissinger was not the first Jewish adviser to an American president who urged his boss to refrain from rescuing Jews.
    By Rafael Medoff
    Dec. 17, 2010

    • MARKUS E BRAJTMAN

      Dont forget about the Rabbi, whatever his name was. stopped FDR from helping Jews.
      May they both rot in hell

      • Elliot J. Stamler

        You are misstating the history. Rabbi Stephen Wise, the leading Amer. rabbi, did not “STOP” FDR from helping the Jews…he discouraged stronger representations to the president by Jewry on the grounds it would be counter-productive in that it would make it more politically improbable for FDR to take action. As a close friend of FDR, Wise knew that while FDR was well aware of nazi anti-semitism, he was well aware that the amount of American anti-semitism then extant would make problems for him were to exert himself much more strenuously. Of course in retrospect we can see how wrong Wise and FDR both were but is wrong to impute to Rabbi Wise callous indifference to the fate of European Jewry.

  • despicable!

  • the new york times has become over the past several years as foul smelling as an unrefrigerated corpse. its twisted anti semitic slop that passes for “reportage” and its low IQ pundits attract every form of Jew-hating cockroach and other vile creature as followers.

  • Bernard Ross

    I only read the NYT in reprinted article such as here. I do not want to give it any support and I will even stop reading any reprints. Every day they send emails begging for subscriptions. I hope they go bankrupt. all Jews should stop reading that filthy rag and sites like algemeiner give it credibility be reprinting it.

    • If all Israel supporters, Jewish or not, stop reading/subscribing to the NYT (the web addition is only $15 a month) then the Israel haters who comment regularly (and the NYT almost always has an open comment section when it comes to Israel) will not have any push back. Seems to me that $15 a month or many multiples of $15 won’t in itself keep the NYT in business or bankrupt it (that’s what advertizing is for), and $15 is a small price to pay to respond to Israel haters. I’m keeping my subscription.

  • In 1930s Weimar Germany, Jews controlled 103 of the 109 German banks, all the news media, and nearly all the government representatives. Organized Jewry thrived and flaunted its wealth while the WW1 reparations burdened Goyim Germans were near starvation, angry, and increasingly desperate. By 1933, Jews were being corralled together for their own protection. With the rise of Der Fuhrer, German citizens had their way and some Jews (way fewer than advertised) did not survive.

    • Typical anti-Semitic garbage…..Jews controlled the banks and all the media and Jews were herded together in ghettos and Concentration camps for their own protection.

      • Antisemitism is the world’s oldest fatal disease, and this writer is obviously stricken….as is Rudoren who one regret in life is that she did not write for DER STURMMER…but is forced to write for its poor relation: The NY TIMES.

    • I think, John, that I speak for many to ask you respectfully to take your anti-Semitism to another forum. We’ve heard it before, and we don’t need to hear this hate-based, dangerous opinion again.

      If you are unaware of the numbers of Jewish people living then and now in poverty, the history of the Jewish people over thousands of years and that history of oppression and discrimination, the spouting of lies and libels, you had better inform yourself.

    • JohnwvNot sure where you studied, but you’re numbers are not only incoherent, they are outright wrong.

    • Hmmm…let me see if I have the right. The Jews controlled all these banks, the news media AND most of the government, and they corralled themselves? And topped that off by putting a Jew hater into power???

    • YOU ARE MISINFORMED OR YOU ARE A ANTI SEMIT

    • Florence Sutker

      JohnWV –You are the biggest hateful bullshi—. You just make up things to fit your atrophied brain.

    • Patience Withers

      “When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don’t really have to do anything, you just let them talk.”

    • Christian supporter of Israel and Jews

      John WV

      Where did you get all your disgusting hate from?
      Where did you get all these ficticious figures from?

      You, sir, are an anti Semite no worse and no better than Adolph Hitler, your hero

      Amazing how scum like you make up such lies with no foundation of truth.

      Look in the mirror and see a piece of shit.

    • Don’t be late for that cross burning over at your sister’s house.

    • Of today’s Americans, 2% are Jews. Of today’s American millionaires, 50% are Jews. As in Weimar Germany, they are organized and cunningly extract enormous amounts of money from our economy without contributing value. Wall Street has become a Jewish run casino serving itself and Jewry. Our news media is mostly Jewish owned and blatantly Israel/Jew biased. Our electoral process has been corrupted by AIPAC, the Jewish Conference of Presidents and more enormous amounts of Jewish money. Israel has occupied not just Palestine, but America too. The Wall Street felons remaining unpunished, AIPAC actually writing congressional legislation, and lack of treason indictments attest to the depth of the occupation. The Jewish state instigated all our Mideast wars and benefited from all. None were in American interests, yet we did the dying and suffered the Great Recession. Our diminished America is now being overthrown from within and transformed into a world dominating racist ultrapower, the JEWISH STATE OF AMERICA.

      • John…you are small. just small in size…everything about you. youre a scared bigot. You know it, and we know it…so i wont waste much time on you as i have more productive things to do…like extract money from goyims, and clean out my cats litter box.

        But i will say this, its very important so please listen….

        Jews were known as palestinians until 1948 when overnight they became Israelis. It was then, that yasser arafat and the arab league decided to take over the name “palestinians” to use as a political weapon against Israel. This is a fact. a verifiable fact, unlike anything youve said. Dont believe me? Just ask the jerusalem post…which was known as the “Palestinian Post” until..you guessed it… 1948 when overnight…

        Another interesting fact…never once is the word palestinians or jerusalem ever once mentioned by muhammad or the quran. Not once. Yet, muhammed says that “ISRAEL is the home of the people of the book” on multiple occasions. Did muhammed not like his palestinians?

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