Media omissions on Itamar: Murdering babies is “permissible” when they’re Palestinian

  • tokugawa

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    Aug 14, 2011 8:03 PM GMT
    Alison Weir
    March 17, 2011

    US media widely and repeatedly reported on the horrific March 11th murder of three small Israeli children and their parents. While no one yet knows who committed this grotesque act, reports presume that the murderers were Palestinian, and for this reason the incident is receiving major attention. Various heads of state, including President Obama, have condemned it.

    If it turns out that the murderer or murderers were Israeli, as some previously presumed “terrorists” have turned out to be, or a foreign worker who had previously threatened the family over unpaid wages, as some reports from the area suggest, it is likely that coverage of the tragic incident will quickly vanish from U.S. headlines.

    For now, however, American news reports continue to provide excruciating details about the atrocity. Given the amount of reportage, it is surprising how much significant information is omitted.

    For example, none of these reports mention that the location of the murders, Itamar (near Nablus), is an illegal Jewish-only settlement on stolen Palestinian land in the midst of refugees whom Israel pushed off their ancestral land through massacres and ruthless military actions.

    Nor do reports mention the frequency with which Israeli settlers beat, occasionally torture, and sometimes murder Palestinians of all ages, burn their crops, and hack down their groves of olive trees, the livelihood of many Palestinian villagers; hundreds, at least, of these trees, have been destroyed by rampaging Israeli settlers.

    Religious extremism

    Even lengthy articles on the tragic incident fail to mention the extremely relevant and chillingly ironic fact that Itamar was founded and is largely populated by fanatic Jewish extremists, many of whom believe that the killing of non-Jewish infants is religiously permitted, and sometimes mandated, as discussed in a best-selling book The King’s Torah, which was written by authors from the area and endorsed by numerous rabbis and religious schools (but opposed by most Israelis).

    In their elaborate descriptions of the murder scene, U.S. articles neglect to mention that the building next door is the house of Chabad Lubavitch emissaries, a Hassidic movement in Orthodox Judaism, and features a photo of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, known for his astoundingly supremacist teachings.

    Schneerson is widely revered by such settlers (and his followers in the U.S.); many believed him to have been the messiah. In their book Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel, professors Israel Shahak and Norton Mezvinsky quote Schneerson’s teachings about the differences between Jews and non-Jews:

    “... we do not have a case of profound change in which a person is merely on a superior level. Rather, we have a case of ‘let us differentiate’ between totally different species. This is what needs to be said about the body: the body of a Jewish person is of a totally different quality from the body of [members] of all nations of the world...A non-Jew’s entire reality is only vanity...The entire creation [of a non-Jew] exists only for the sake of the Jews...”

    Which children matter?

    Finally, news reports on the abhorrent Itamar murders fail to mention the frequent, tragic, and equally abhorrent killing of massive numbers of Palestinian children by Israelis.

    For example, the Los Angeles Times reported that the Itamar incident was “the deadliest such attack against Jewish settlers in the area since 2002,” but didn’t bother to report that there have been numerous deadly attacks on Palestinians in the area in the intervening years, that dozens of Palestinian minors have been killed, many more injured and maimed, and even more Palestinian mothers, fathers, and grandparents killed.

    This viewpoint is typical of U.S. media. Statistical studies show that primetime network news shows report on Israeli children’s deaths at rates up to 14 times greater than they report on Palestinian children’s deaths; regional newspapers report Israeli deaths at even more disproportionate rates.

    Palestinian deaths are therefore often virtually invisible to American news consumers, even though they occurred first and are far greater in number.


    A few years ago an Israeli army officer emptied, at close range, the entire magazine of his automatic rifle into a 13-year-old Palestinian girl. Afterward he said he would have done the same even if she had been three years old. Because so many of his underlings reported this particular incident, he was eventually tried in an Israeli military court – but on minor offenses, not murder. He was acquitted of all charges.

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    Aug 14, 2011 8:34 PM GMT
    Can you imagine the routine abuse, the demeaning actions, beatings and threats that the local Palestinians have to endure around this illegal settlement ? None of this has been taken into consideration. (however nothing makes such murders right, the children after all had no part in any abuses of Palestinians rights, no more than do the Palestinian children shot in the head by Israeli snipers have any part to play in the Hamas bombings)

    Does anyone know whether or not this particular settlement sprung up from the religious fanatics on their own, by chasing off the Palestinians in its beginning or was this settlement sanctioned from the start by the state of Israel's Zionist Settlement establishment, whereby it was state bulldozers with the use of the IDF to guard the area as the dozers were used to tare down the Palestinians homes or their farms and olive groves ?

    If this settlement was solely started as a relitious fanatic 'haven' and they on their own chased off the Palestinians while the state of Israel ignored it, then that puts Israel in an even worse place of abuse of Palestinians rights.

    We should look into this.
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    Aug 14, 2011 11:18 PM GMT
    jprichva said"Two Miami men, one Latino and one African-American, were charged with second-degree murder today in an apparent botched home invasion in southwestern Dade County that took the lives of a family of four and two others. According to police, the two men, planning a drug transaction, entered the wrong home by mistake.

    It should be noted, however, that the victims lived in an area that has been torn by drug cartel warfare, and that one of the victim's brother is an active member of the Dade County narcotics squad. So this action, while tragic, is an a sense a kind of payback for harassment of local drug dealers and for disrupting their economic activity, activity which puts food on the table and clothes on the back of the children of cartel members. This doesn't excuse murder, of course, not exactly, anyway.

    It should also be noted that police sometimes lie in court, abuse their position, take bribes. etc And that murders happen all over the United States. Most often the victims are minorities themselves, and this is not generally a feature of reporting about these acts. You have to ask why not."

    LOL !!! those police must have learned from the Israeli IDF thugs (at least thugish when it comes to Palestinians)

    Hey JP why don't you help us do research on the number of killings, beatings and destruction of Palestinian property that comes from these Jewish Fanatical settler groups who believe they are a superior race and therefore Palestinians are dispensible, this is the same group that our buddy Jake referred to saying that they were a major problem for the Palestinians, he was adament about it, so got in a arguement with LIL'AIPAC (C4) over it a few months ago. He knows what a problem these religious fanatics are, maybe he'll help you. Of course since its my suggestion, he may rather stick with LIL'AIPAC's ZIONIST PROPAGANDA instead of finish making my point about those religious fanatics. Do we have a deal ?