The Good, Bad and Ugly on Israel/Palestine by the NYT

The Good, Bad and Ugly on Israel/Palestine by the NYT

by Stephen Lendman ( – Home – Stephen Lendman)

Since creation of the Jewish state, support for its ruling regimes by the US-dominated West and press agent media has been rock-solid.

Is decades-long Jewish state immunity from Western media criticism changing?

For time immemorial, public debate on Israel was stifled.

Anyone daring to go another way has been sharply criticized, ridiculed, called anti-Semitic — even threatened and fired by academic institutions and media bosses.

For decades, the self-styled newspaper of record NYT played a leading cheerleading role for Israel, ignoring its highest of high crimes.

At the same time, Palestinian voices have been marginalized and largely ignored.

The same has been true about egregious Israeli breaches of international humanitarian law on all things related to Palestinian rights.

They’re among the world’s most oppressed people. Yet their suffering under brutal occupation was largely ignored for decades.

The Times played a leading coverup role. For years, it falsely portrayed Palestinians as militant terrorists, Israelis their victims — ignoring that reality is the other way around.

At the same time to today, Israel is falsely called the region’s only democratic state.

Like the US and West, there’s nothing remotely democratic about Israeli Zionist tyranny and its daily flaunting of the rule of law.

Did 11 days of Israeli aggression against Gaza, its suffocating siege, and daily oppression of Palestinians throughout the Occupied Territories change the mindset of US/Western media toward Israel, including at the NYT — to a degree if not entirely?

For decades of Times coverage of all things Israel/Palestine, nothing remotely like the following appeared in its daily editions:

Headlining “Life Under Occupation: 

The Misery at the Heart of the Conflict,” the Times report sharply criticized Israeli oppression of Palestinians, saying:

Years earlier, Israel “demolished” Muhammad Sandouka’s East Jerusalem home on his own land “after…decid(ing) that razing it would improve views of the Old City for tourists.”

Compounding the criminal act, Israeli authorities “bill(ed) Sandoukas $10,000 for its expenses,” adding:

“Such is life for Palestinians living under Israel’s occupation: always dreading the knock at the front door.”

“For the most part, they endure the frights and indignities of the Israeli occupation in obscurity.”

“Palestinians from all walks of life routinely experience exasperating impossibilities and petty humiliations, bureaucratic controls that force agonizing choices, and the fragility and cruelty of life under military rule.”

Remarks like the above virtually never appeared in Times reports on Israel/Palestine not so long ago — nor in other US/Western media coverage of this issue.

Does the above criticism reflect a sea change on all things Israel or will it pass when echoes of 11 horrific days in May fade?

Here’s more from the Times in the same report:

Israeli “provocations (against Palestinians) d(id) not stop when” war on Gaza “end(ed).”

Days earlier in a West Bank village, “a familiar ritual” occurred.

Israeli soldiers violently burst into a Palestinian home pre-dawn.

“(C)hildren were rousted from bed. Everyone was herded outside.” 

“The soldiers collected IDs, explained nothing and ransacked the house.” 

“They left two hours later” after making a politicized arrest.

“(T)he pain of occupation never goes away.”

It’s an every day thing for millions of Palestinians.

The Times report was long and detailed about the horrors of life in Occupied Palestine and how oppressed people try to cope.

A Palestinian was quoted, saying “(t)hese people (are) like a lion that eats one, and then another.” 

“It eventually eats everything around it.”

In stark contrast to reporting on reality for Palestinians under oppressive Israeli occupation, a days earlier Times edition went the other way.

It included a full-page ad that featured the images of Grammy-winning singer Dua Lipa, along with models Gigi and Bella Hadid — for their pro-Palestinian activism — above inflammatory language, falsely claiming:

“Hamas calls for a second holocaust. Condemn them now.”

The ad was bought by Islamophobic US rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s World Values Network.

Sisters Bella and Gigi Hadid have a Palestinian father, architect Mohammad Hadid.

Lipa is romantically linked to their younger brother Anwar Hadid.

She responded to the inflammatory ad, saying:

“I utterly reject the false and appalling accusations.”

“This is the price you pay for defending Palestinian human rights against an Israeli government (that’s responsible for) persecution and discrimination.”

“I stand in solidarity with all oppressed people and reject all forms of racism.”

Why did the Times publish the inflammatory ad — with bald-faced Big Lies — no respectable publication would touch?

Middle East Eye columnist Marc Owen Jones condemned the Times for publishing hateful material that “attack(ed) people for speaking out against human rights abuses.”

So should everyone.

VISIT MY WEBSITE: (Home – Stephen Lendman). Contact at

My two Wall Street books are timely reading:

“How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion, and Class War”


“Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity” 

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