‘Jewish Terror,’ ‘Arab Terror’ and The New York Times
A headline on the New York Times website on Monday said “Revolt Network Foments New Brand of Jewish Terror in Israel.” (Note – The headline has changed 14 hours later to “Israel Faces New Brand of Terrorism, This Time From Young Settlers”, and that is what appeared in the print edition. The current article still uses the term “Jewish terrorism.” The older headline is still out there in other news outlets that subscribe the the NYT wire feed.)
The last time that the New York Times used the phrase “Jewish terror” without quoting someone and outside of editorials, op-eds and book and movie reviews was in 2009, when a story said “Jewish terror is not new. A religious student assassinated Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995, and a settler, Baruch Goldstein, killed 29 Muslims at prayer in Hebron in 1994.”
When was the last time the NYT mentioned “Arab terror” in a current news story, outside quotes, op-eds and reviews?
Under an agreement reached by the previous Israeli Government, Israeli troops were to have withdrawn from most of Hebron by last March, but the move was delayed first by a series of Arab terror attacks, then by the election of Mr. Netanyahu and his determination to toughen the terms.
(This 2002 article uses the term “Arab terror” but it purports to read Ariel Sharon’s mind when using it.)
The New York Times talks about Jewish terror today, but it has not been able to publish the term “Arab terror” as factual news in nearly 20 years.
Not 9/11. Not the second intifada. Not the scores of bombs in restaurants and buses. (The term “Arab terrorists” was used in connection with reports from the 9/11 Commission in 2004 and was used in describing the events of the Munich Olympics in articles in the 2000s.)
(To be fair, Jodi Rudoren did use the term “Palestinian terror” in 2014 referring to the Har Nof terror attacks. But even that term was very rarely used in the decade before that. The NYT peripherally used the term “Arab terrorism” in a US political article in 2015, the previous time was in 2006 speaking about “Sunni Arab terrorism” and before that was immediately after 9/11.)
To be clear:
This is the photo of Jews that the New York Times is using today to imply they are Jewish terrorists:
This photo would never be used by the NYT to refer to Arab or Palestinian terror: