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September 16, 2015 3:33 pm

Watchdog Accuses New York Times of Acting as ‘Apologist’ for Palestinian Rock-Throwing

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HonestReporting says The New York Times omitted important facts from its headline about the attack that killed an Israeli on the eve of Rosh Hashanah. Photo: HonestReporting/Facebook.

Watchdog HonestReporting slammed The New York Times for omitting important facts from its headline about the attack that killed an Israeli on the eve of Rosh Hashanah. Photo: HonestReporting/Facebook.

Media watchdog HonestReporting accused The New York Times on Wednesday of showing sympathy to stone-throwing Palestinians, after the publication reported on an incident in which an Israeli was killed when his car was pelted by rocks on Rosh Hashanah eve.

The New York Times headlined the article: “Jewish Man Dies as Rocks Pelt His Car in West Bank.”

The victim, Alexander Levlovich, 64, was on his way home from a holiday meal when he lost control of his vehicle after it was hit by rocks thrown by Arab youths, according to Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Times neglected to mention Israel’s official description of the suspects.

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Instead, HonestReporting said, Levlovich’s death is attributed to “attackers [who] pelted the road he was driving on with rocks.” The publication noted that the car crashed after “being hit by a thrown object,” but failed to specify the nature of the attack or the assailants.

The paper also cited Luba Samri, a police spokeswoman, who said that “the rock-throwing appeared to have caused the accident but that ‘nothing is 100 percent sure.'”

In an interview with The Algemeiner, HonestReporting’s Managing Editor Simon Plosker said, “The New York Times continues to act as an apologist for Palestinian stone-throwing. This latest incident is tragic proof that attacking vehicles with rocks can be deadly. Alexander Levlovitz didn’t simply ‘die,’ as The New York Times’s headline suggests. He was killed by Palestinians who deliberately targeted his car with rocks… That The New York Times prefers to attribute responsibility to the rocks rather than those who threw them is a damning indictment on the moral compass of the newspaper.”

The New York Times on Wednesday issued a correction to its original article, saying it had wrongly reported on the location of the attack, which took place in East Jerusalem, not the West Bank. The headline was then modified to include the correct site of the incident, but no changes were made to the article or headline regarding the Palestinian perpetrators of the attack.

Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean at the Simon Wiesenthal Center, told The Algemeiner on Wednesday that the New York Times headline paints a false narrative about the attack. “Essentially it looks like an act of God. [The rocks] just fell,” he said. 

Anyone reading “between the lines” will know that Levlovich’s death was the result of a terrorist attack by Palestinians, said Cooper, but the problem is that it wasn’t written that way in the Times. 

Cooper said he’s not asking for the Times to “give Israel any breaks; just to report the facts. Just tell the truth and if you’re not sure, you can put in ‘reportedly,’ ‘allegedly’ or ‘so said police.'”

He added, “Many people don’t read through any full article… and that headline specifically does not inform you that there was a terrorist act… That’s not journalism.”

Furthermore, he said, “If that’s the kind of coverage terrorists see in the Western media — in the top-tier media — they’ll take it as an encouragement. It’s taken by those who are behind the violence that they can continue until there is any sort of push back. If there’s no push back, then why would they stop?”

The New York Times did not respond to The Algemeiner‘s request for comment on the criticism.

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  • If you feel it is moral to express your sympathy for those Arabs who colonized and occupy all but a sliver of land in the Middle East, those who stone women to death, execute gays and rape little children? Those who kill people indiscriminately, suicide bombers, teach hate and violence to their children! If you believe that making Judaism illegal in every Arab country is OK? Really? The Arabs have also forced most Christians out of their countries. You leave me no choice then, but to assess you moral indignation as meaningless lawless revolting and vile. I laugh in astonishment at what hypocrites and naked bigots you are.
    YJ Draiman

  • The Oslo accord is null and void! – A scathing indictment of the world nations at large‏! r11
    The Arab-Palestinians Charter explicitly states that they want the State of Israel for themselves and the Jewish people destroyed.

    The Arab-Palestinians actions to date has proven that they do not want peace. Why is the liberal left and many of the world nations are fantasizing and deluding themselves that the Arabs want peace.
    People of the world wake up and realize what is their ultimate mission, eliminate the unbelievers. The Arabs promote and indoctrinate the children to commit terror and violence.
    The Arabs never intended to abide by the Accord, or any other agreements with Israel for that matter. It was only a means to take control of territory and eventually take over all of Israel and expel and kill the Jews again, and they do not hide their intentions.

    No Democratic country in the world would tolerate the terror violence and mayhem being committed in Israel by the Arabs. Any country that does not take extreme actions to stop this terror and violence is shirking its responsibility and obligation to its citizens and should be replaced.

    Just like Abbas statement this week. It is time for formally announcing that the Oslo Accord is null and void and institute a population exchange. Moving the Arabs to Jordan and or the 120,000 sq. km. the Arab countries confiscated from the terrorized and expelled million Jewish families. Thus, take back complete control of Judea and Samaria and everything west of the Jordan River as decreed by post WWI international law and treaties, including the January 1919 Faisal Weizmann Agreement.

    If the world at large does not wake up now they will be next. It already has started, take off the blinders, open you eyes and look around. The current refugee problem from Syria and others are flooding Europe and changing the nature and face of Europe and others.
    They are taking over Europe without a battle.
    No entity in the world will force a solution on Israel.
    They forced or were complicit to the Final solution in WWII with the Holocaust and the extermination of over 6 million Jewish people, men women and children.
    Where were the worlds nations outcry, threats and objection when millions of Jewish people were being exterminated, men women and children? They were silent.
    The Arab world received over 5 million square miles of territory after WWI and they begrudge the 75,000 sq. miles Israel was suppose to get and took 78% of it for Jordan and now they want more, until there is no Israel at all.
    Where was the world nations when the Arab countries persecuted, terrorized and expelled over a million Jewish families and their children from their countries many who lived there for over 2,400 years, the Arabs confiscated their assets, business, homes and land 6 times the size of Israel (120,440 sq. km. or 75,000 sq. miles), valued in the trillions of dollars? Most of the expelled Jewish families settled in Israel and now comprise over half the population.
    Where is the world nations today? Why do they ignore when thousands are slaughtered by Muslims throughout the world. The Muslims have killed over a half a billion people since the Muslim religion was initiated.

    Today and since 1948. Israel is being threatened with annihilation and when Israel defends itself from destruction, terror, suicide bombers, thousands of missiles, violence, etc, by the Arabs, every country has something to say, threaten Israel and meddle in its internal business.

    This is the time when nations of the world must mind their own business and stay out of Israel’s internal affairs. Only then there will be a possibility of peace.

    NEVER AGAIN!!!
    YJ Draiman

  • Hillel

    NYT journos invented the palestinians back in the 60s and have been promoting since. Why would they change now when international audiences aee more receptive to this type of antijewish spiel than ever before.

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