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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.