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17 Mar, 2013

Days before Obama visit, NYT publishes pro-Palestinian manifesto | Haaretz

Days before U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to Israel, the New York Times magazine has published an unusually pro-Palestinian cover story entitled “If There is a Third Intifada, We Want to be the Ones who Started It.”

The 7,000-word article, written by author and freelance journalist Ben Ehrenreich, depicts the struggle of the Tamimi family in the West Bank village of Nebi Saleh to regain access to a spring which has been taken over by the nearby settlement of Halamish. Ehrenreich spent three weeks living in the home of Bassem Tamimi, one of the prominent leaders of the weekly protests that have drawn international media attention and which are routinely dispersed by the IDF.

The article, which some may interpret as encouraging a third intifada, is decidedly sympathetic to the Palestinian cause and hostile both to the IDF as well as to the Palestinian “Ramallah bubble”, which, the author maintains, serves as an inhibitor to the “popular struggle” of Palestinian villagers.

via Days before Obama visit, NYT publishes pro-Palestinian manifesto Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper.

  • I have read the article. I liked it so much that I read it again. Yes, it directs light at the way the IDF soldiers and the Israeli government ruthlessly handle Palestinians. I wouldn’t label it as a pro-Palestine article; it is based on the author’s observations and experiences, and so an eye-witness account, of well armed (armed with tear gas grenades, rubber coated bullets, and live bullets also) – IDF soldiers’ attacks on Palestinian men, women, and teenaged boys who were armed only with slings and stones. The Palestinians were protesting the settlers’ taking control of a natural spring belonging to a Palestinian family, on land owned by the family, the source of water for the villagers in the neighborhood. It also depicts the death of two Palestinians shot by the IDF soldiers with teargas canisters and rubber-coated bullets. I was deeply moved when I read the article because it is written with passion and fortified with facts. If Obama reads this article, I think he would think twice before he chants his mantra: “My support for Israel is unshakable, our bond with Israel is unbreakable” again in public. If he is a normal, decent man, he would be terribly ashamed at what Israel is doing to these Palestinian villagers using armaments made in the USA, in Pennsylvania to be specific. This article is bound to ruffle some kosher feathers.
    Yesh Prabhu, Bushkill, Pennsylvania