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NY Times Gives Platform to Imprisoned Killer to Attack Israel, Conceals Background

April 18, 2017 at 11:50 am 8 News

The New York Times forgot to mention that the “Palestinian leader” is also a convicted murderer.

Israeli politicians from across the political spectrum fiercely condemned The New York Times on Monday for publishing an op-ed by imprisoned Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti that neglected to mention that he is in prison for murder, not his political views.

Barghouti was convicted in June 2004 of five murders and an attempted murder, including that of a Greek Orthodox priest he mistook for a rabbi. He was sentenced to five consecutive life sentences and 40 additional years in prison. But the newspaper’s tagline on the article called him a Palestinian leader and parliamentarian.

Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office Michael Oren (Kulanu) compared Barghouti to Dylann Roof, an American mass murderer and white supremacist convicted of killing nine people in the June 2015 Charleston church shooting.

“Shame on NYT for printing libelous op-ed by convicted killer Barghouti, the Palestinian Dylann Roof,” Oren wrote on Twitter. “Americans would be horrified. So are we.”

Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely said the Times’ decision to “print an article by a terrorist without mentioning that he killed Jews in cold blood just because they were Jewish is not freedom of expression but anarchy.”

“When a newspaper that considers itself important grants murderers a platform it gives legitimacy and a prize to terror,” Hotovely said.

The New York Times belatedly added the following:

Editors’ Note: April 17, 2017
This article explained the writer’s prison sentence but neglected to provide sufficient context by stating the offenses of which he was convicted. They were five counts of murder and membership in a terrorist organization. Mr. Barghouti declined to offer a defense at his trial and refused to recognize the Israeli court’s jurisdiction and legitimacy.

Bayit Yehudi chairman Naftali Bennett posted on Facebook a picture of Yoela Chen, a mother of two who was murdered at a gas station on her way to a wedding by terrorists under orders from Barghouti. Bennett noted that as the commander of Fatah’s Tanzim paramilitary offshoot, Barghouti was behind the murders of dozens of Israelis.

“Marwan Barghouti is not just an enemy,” Bennett wrote. “He is a lowly murderer who should rot in prison until the day he dies.”

Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid wrote in The Times of Israel that “the attempt by The New York Times ‘to be balanced’ amuses Barghouti, who understands that this sacred attempt at balance creates equal standing between murderer and murdered, terrorist and victim, lie and truth.”

“Instead of saying to him – as a responsible newspaper should – that if he doesn’t have a shred of evidence to support his stories then they can’t be published, The New York Times published them in its opinion pages and didn’t even bother to explain to its readers that the author is a convicted murderer of the worst kind,” Lapid wrote.

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  1. tws500 April 18, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    The NYT is a rotten, hateful paper. But, what mystifies me is that the Jewish people in NY and elsewhere put up with the antisemitism that the NYT publishes especially in very negative press about Israel. NYT used to be a great paper. Now, it’s just a leftist rag.

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      ltuser April 18, 2017 at 5:27 pm

      And you can bet at least 70% of those jews in NYC BUY the New ork times.. HAD they all stopped buying it, the paper would imo lose at least a solid 35 to 40% of their readership…

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    • tws500 April 18, 2017 at 5:45 pm

      Completely agree Ituser.

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    • nero April 19, 2017 at 7:01 am

      NYT the same news paper that collaborated with the Nazis against the USA and the murder of 6 million Jews, this news paper spread hate and vile and nothing it does surprises me.

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      ltuser April 19, 2017 at 4:50 pm

      Nero, if that corroboration with the Nazi’s was proven, HOW the hell did the NYT stay in business??

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  2. columba April 18, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    No surprise, really. The left loves murderers in general, especially murderers of police, white males, Jews, Christians, and other “enemies” of the left. (Yes, I know many Jews themselves are leftists, but they have to do a lot of cognitive dissonance in order to stay that way.)

    Here in Columbus about 15 years ago or so, our local rag — I mean newspaper — ran a celebratory article about the first female suicide bomber. Seriously. It was the kind of article that normally runs about a young person tragically struck down, complete with school photos and comments about her sweet smile. In the final paragraph, they quoted one of her family members as saying, “Of course we’re sad to lose her, but we’re happy that she killed Jews.” Period. End of article. No commentary on how hideous this was. Just a “hopeful” note at the end of a farewell to a leftist heroine, that she’d died doing something worthwhile. I believe a couple of local rabbis wrote indignant letters to the editor, but the article was never rescinded or condemned in the paper, and the coverage has continued to be pro-Arab, pro-Muslim, and anti-Israel ever since. (To be fair, it’s also been anti-Christian.) I long ago canceled my subscription.

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    ltuser April 19, 2017 at 12:29 am

    And imo the article is mis labeled. It should have read

    NY times willfully gives platform to known palestinian killer, after willfully omitting his backround…

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  4. Pete51 April 19, 2017 at 9:03 am

    It appears that the cowardly New York Times has now disabled the comments section for this article, apparently tired of having their extreme bias and incompetence called out.

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