A Circle of Violence: Deir Yassin to Har Nof

With thanks to James Wall –and to Patricia Blair for sharing.. This is so very helpful to processing what we read in the media about the Israeli Occupation of Palestine and the resistance to it.It provides context and challenges us to question how the news is presented, what is presented and what is not. It invites us to probe the decisions made by corporate media about what and how they report what is going on in our troubled world.Noura Erakat


By James M. WallSaif-funeral-e1416402220892-635x357

Early Tuesday, November 18, two young Palestinians broke into a synagogue in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of West Jerusalem’s Har Nof.

Armed with a gun, knives and axes, the assailants killed three rabbis and a fourth worshipper.

The New York Times reported that in the gun battle that ensued, one Israeli policeman and the two Palestinians intruders were killed.

In its coverage of the Har Nof killings, the Washington Post put “Americans” in its headline, leaving the impression they were tourists. They were not. They were Orthodox rabbis with dual citizenship, American and Israeli.

Few media outlets have taken note of the glaring fact that a circle of violence connects Har Nof to Deir Yassin, the Palestinian village destroyed before the formation of the modern state of Israel by the terrorist Jewish group, the Irgun, on April 9, 1948.

Deir Yassin was part of the “ethnic cleansing” strategy of the…

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