IMEMC.org News By If Americans Knew Wed., Feb.26, 2020
The Washington Post says there had been “weeks of relative quiet,” even though Israeli soldiers had shot over 100 Palestinian civilians, killing four of them; conducted 400+ invasions of the Palestinian Territories; abducted dozens of Palestinians; perpetrated air strikes on Gaza; shot at fishermen and farmers; demolished Palestinian homes; tortured a Palestinian mother; and shot a small boy in the eye…
Are Washington Post Editor Marty Baron and reporter Ruth Eglash too close to Israel to report the full, unfiltered news?
Ruth Eglash, lead author of the Washington Post report that ignored the above events, moved to Israel 20 years ago, became an Israeli citizen, and was an editor of a right-wing Israeli newspaper for 10 years before moving to the Post.
She has been a featured speaker at events by pro-Israel organizations in the U.S. and used to be listed on the speakers’ bureau of the Jewish National Fund (JNF), known for taking over Palestinian land for Israel.
Shortly before joining the Post, Eglash had served on a panel entitled “Telling Israel’s Story,” alongside an Israeli army spokesperson. The panel was chaired by a former advisor to the Israeli government.
The Editor of the Post is Martin Baron, whose parents immigrated to the U.S. from Israel. Baron says he has visited Israel often, where he has family connections. Baron sometimes gives talks on Israel.
Fairness and Accuracy In Media (FAIR) states that the Washington Post seems to be violating its own ethics conflict of interest code by employing a reporter “whose spouse works for an Israeli government-linked public relations firm.”
Here’s a partial list of Israeli actions against Palestinians during the previous three and a half weeks:
— Israeli soldiers Shot and killed 4 Palestinian civilians, including a 19-year-old shot in the neck, a 17-year-old shot in the head, and a 24-year-old policeman shot in the stomach.
— Israeli soldiers shot an additional 100 Palestinians, including 15 minors, 3 fishermen, 3 journalists, and a photographer working for an Israeli human rights organization. One of the injured minors was a 9-year-old whose eye was shot out.
— Israeli forces conducted 418 military raids into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.
–Israeli forces abducted 190 Palestinian civilians, including 52 teens and children and 4 women.
— Israeli forces perpetrated 15 shootings against Palestinian farmers and farm structures.
— Israeli forces perpetrated 7 shootings against Palestinian fishing boats.
— Israel demolished 8 Palestinian homes.
— Israeli interrogators tortured a Palestinian mother imprisoned by Israel.
— Israeli forces escorted thousands of Israeli settlers while they stormed two Palestinian villages.
— Israeli forces perpetrated several airstrikes on the Gaza Strip.
— A fifteen-year-old Palestinian boy, who had been shot earlier by Israeli forces, died.