Sep 28, 2015, Vol. 21, No. 03 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
According to the New York Times, rocks now throw themselves. Or at least that’s what The Scrapbook was forced to conclude upon reading the paper’s curious headline: “Jewish Man Dies as Rocks Pelt His Car in West Bank.” The Times eventually “corrected” this headline, but only after it appeared in print. It now reads “Jewish Man Dies as Rocks Pelt His Car in East Jerusalem.” So the Times obviously gave this some thought. The editors realized they had gotten the location wrong, but remained untroubled by the notion of self-propelled rocks.
The body of the article didn’t do a lot to clarify what happened, either. The article began, “A Jewish man died early Monday morning after attackers pelted the road he was driving on with rocks.” We fail to see how pelting the road killed the driver, and the article’s slouching toward literacy did not much improve thereafter. At National Review, Kevin Williamson went so far as to “copy edit” the entire embarrassing piece, an exercise that amply demonstrated that the article was written with the intention of avoiding at all costs the primary fact that the attackers were Palestinians out for blood and that a “Jewish man was murdered for the crime of driving while Jewish.”
Even acknowledging that the Times has set a low bar for itself with its shoddy Israel coverage, this article is particularly inexcusable. As the website Israellycool notes, it was written by Diaa Hadid, who has been reporting for the Times since March and has racked up no shortage of well-justified complaints of anti-Israel bias. Hadid’s pre-Times résumé includes a number of articles written for Electronic Intifada (EI), a publication “aimed at combating . . . pro-Israeli, pro-American spin,” according to the Jerusalem Post.
That’s fine and dandy, except for the fact that Electronic Intifada’s idea of combating pro-Israeli spin means publicly supporting the terrorist organization Hamas. NGO Monitor notes that EI “frequently compares Israeli policies with those of the Nazi regime.” But that’s not all. Hadid was also, per her bio, a “public advocacy officer at LAW—the Palestinian Society for the Protection of Human Rights and the Environment.” As Israellycool reminds us, this group was a major player in the conception of the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement aimed at discrediting Israel. (And speaking of divestment, the Palestinian Society for the Protection of Human Rights and the Environment no longer exists, thanks to embezzlement by its former executive director.)
We’d suggest complaining to the paper’s public editor, Margaret Sullivan, about the Times’s appalling hiring decision. However, it turns out that Sullivan may be part of the problem, albeit somewhat inadvertently. Last fall, she addressed complaints about the paper’s Israel coverage. She noted that pro-Israel readers were unhappy with the paper’s coverage, yet for some reason also highlighted the discreditable opinions of “pro-Palestinian websites like The Electronic Intifada [that] have detailed the ways in which, as they see it, Times coverage fails to do justice to an outcast people.” Sullivan suggested the paper’s Jerusalem desk address the fact that the “Times has no native Arabic speakers in its bureau.”
That’s a sensible complaint in the abstract, but professionalism and objectivity require more—matter more, in fact—than language skills. The Times now has an Arabic-speaking reporter in its bureau, and it seems its coverage is worse than ever.
4:54 PM, Jan 13, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Ted Cruz released this statement in favor of moving the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to that nation's capital, Jerusalem:
Hosted by Michael Graham.3:00 PM, Nov 18, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with Lee Smith on the Jerusalem Synagogue attack.
12:01 PM, Sep 28, 2014 • By LEE SMITH
On Friday Colin Kahl was named Vice President Joe Biden’s national security adviser and deputy assistant to the president. Kahl previously served in the Obama administration as deputy assistant secretary of defense for the Middle East between 2009-2011, but is probably best known for his work outside of government—in particular, for advocating containment of a nuclear Iran, and for his part in trying to remove the recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel from the 2012 Democratic platform.
3:56 PM, Jul 8, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The IDF says a rocket, fired from Gaza, has hit Jerusalem. "Confirmed: A rocket fired from Gaza hit Jerusalem, Israel’s capital city," tweets the IDF.
There's more rocket fire hitting Israel:
3:43 PM, Dec 3, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama sent a memorandum to Secretary of State John Kerry to direct him not to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to the capital city Jerusalem. Despite U.S. law, the embassy is currently in Tel Aviv, though there's an American consulate in Jerusalem.
As Barack Obama has done throughout his presidency, and as previous presidents did before him, here's the memo sent today to John Kerry:
MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF STATE
SUBJECT: Suspension of Limitations under the Jerusalem Embassy Act
Hosted by Michael Graham.4:45 PM, Mar 22, 2013 • By TWS PODCAST
THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with Elliott Abrams on the president's Middle East trip and his piece "Obama in Jerusalem." Hosted by Michael Graham.
Called Jerusalem "al Quds."10:21 PM, Jan 6, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Fox News reports that John Brennan is expected to be named the new CIA director, possibly as early as tomorrow:
President Obama is expected to nominate White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan for CIA director as early as Monday, Capitol Hill sources tell Fox News.
ADVANCE COPY from the December 3, 2012 issue.12:00 AM, Nov 22, 2012 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
There are some facts so obvious that only a liberal could deny them. One of them is that, from Benghazi to Be’er Sheva, the West is under attack.
8:08 AM, Nov 20, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will visit Jerusalem, Ramallah, and Cairo, the State Department announced. Here's the announcement:
Secretary Clinton will depart today on travel to Jerusalem, Ramallah, and Cairo, leaving from the East Asia Summit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. She will meet with regional leaders, starting with our Israeli partners, to consult on the situation in Gaza.
12:20 PM, Sep 28, 2012 • By ELLIOTT ABRAMS
On September 27, the chairman of the PLO, Mahmoud Abbas (who is also president of the Palestinian Authority and chairman of the Fatah Party) spoke to the U.N. General Assembly.
6:52 PM, Sep 6, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
The State Department today again refused to name the capital of Israel, even after being questioned by the press and even after the Democratic party (President Obama's party) voted yesterday to add language to its platform stating that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.
Here's the remarkable exchange from today's press briefing, with reporters and press secretary Patrick Ventrell:
10:16 AM, Sep 6, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Rabbi David Wolpe offered the benediction last night at the Democratic convention and made sure to emphasize that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. "[Y]ou have taught us that we must count on one another; that our country is strong through community, and that the children of Israel on the way to that sanctified and cherished land, and ultimately to that golden and capital city of Jerusalem, that those children of Israel did not walk through the wilderness alone," said Wolpe.