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NYT Under Fire for One-Sided Report on Palestinian Hunger Strike

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The New York Times building in New York, NY. Photo: Haxorjoe.

New York Times Jerusalem bureau chief Jodi Rudoren is under fire for writing an article on the Palestinian prisoners who recently went on a hunger strike in protest against Israel. Critics claim the article is heavily biased in favor of the Palestinians.

Rudoren begins her article by calling the prisoners “the newest heroes of the Palestinian cause” and refers to Islamic Jihad as a “radical and militant Palestinian faction” despite the fact that it is recognized as a terrorist organization by many countries and has been referred to as such in previous New York Times articles. As the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) points out, Rudoren provides numerous quotes from Palestinians who support the protest but no comments from Israelis explaining the rationale behind detaining the prisoners.

American Thinker notes that  the use of renewable periods of administrative detention without actual trial—panned by Palestinians in Rudoren’s story—is a tactic “not unknown in the West, including the United States, when resorting to full trials would jeopardize valuable intelligence sources inside terrorist camps.” Prisoners in Israeli jails also have regular access to their own lawyers and to reviews by Israeli courts.

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