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Scrubbed by the ‘Times’

The New York Times routinely erases extremism from "pro-Palestinian" protests.

“The New York Times” building in Midtown Manhattan. Photo by Carin M. Smilk.
“The New York Times” building in Midtown Manhattan. Photo by Carin M. Smilk.
Gilead Ini, senior research analyst at CAMERA. Credit: CAMERA.
Gilead Ini
Gilead Ini is a senior research analyst at CAMERA. His commentary has appeared in numerous publications, including The Jerusalem Post, The Christian Science Monitor, Columbia Journalism Review and National Review.

The extremism is a pattern. So is the New York Times’ commitment to concealing it.

Last week in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., anti-Israel activists wished for Hitler’s return; chanted for the murder of “Zionists”; assaulted, threatened to kill and slurred a rabbi; threatened a Jewish family by painting a symbol of Hamas violence on their home; held banners supporting the terror group behind the Oct. 7 massacre; donned the headbands of the terrorists; waved their flags; glorified their “resistance” broadly; justified the murders at the music festival specifically; smashed and bloodied the face of a security guard; and downplayed the Holocaust.

The New York Times covered each of the “protests” where the ugly episodes occurred. But it hid each one of these incidents, as well as other examples of the demonstrators’ extremism.

Washington, D.C.

At a June 8 demonstration in Washington, D.C., a group of demonstrators, faces covered with keffiyehs, held a large banner aligning them with “al Qassam,” a reference to Hamas’s Izz ad-Din Al-Qassam Brigades—the gunmen who led the Oct. 7 attack. They called for murder: “Hezbollah make us proud, kill another Zionist now!”

A man holding a “Stand with Hamas” sign defended the Oct. 7 slaughter as “brilliant” while decrying what “the Jews—yeah, the Jews” are doing to the Palestinians. Another sign justified “resistance.”

The Times, whose article on the demonstration cast it as little more than a “call for an immediate cease-fire,” said nothing about the celebration of terrorist groups, the explicit calls for “killing” or the defense of Oct. 7.

Statues in D.C.’s Lafayette Square were vandalized with pro-violence and eliminationist graffiti. “Glory 2 the resistance.” “Long live Hamas.” “Intifada.” “From the river to the sea.” “Death to Amerikkka.” And plenty of inverted red triangles, the symbol used in Hamas propaganda videos to mark targets for attack.

The Times referred only to “handwritten scribbles” that read “free Palestine.”

Men wearing the headbands of Hamas and PFLP, designated terrorist groups known for their suicide bombing attacks on Jewish civilians, shouted, “There is only one solution, intifada revolution!”

The newspaper steered readers to believe the calls were more or less innocuous:

“Many of the protesters on Saturday chanted slogans that some groups have said incite violence against Jews, such as ‘There is only one solution: intifada, revolution,’ as well as ‘From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.’

“But according to one protester, such slogans were not a call for violence against Jewish people, but for a broader resistance against the status quo.”

The gathering was co-organized by the Palestinian Youth Movement, a group that responded to the Oct. 7 attack on the day it occurred with celebratory “long live the resistance” calls, and which had previously called for “resistance and intifada until victory.” (The group has made clear that victory, to them, means the elimination of Israel.)

The Times absurdly characterized it as a “left-leaning” group.

Although video from the demonstrations showed demonstrators throwing objects at a park ranger and punching punching park police, the story failed to mention this, even while noting in the first paragraph that police used pepper spray on a protester.

(Two days after the piece was published, the paper did add a statement from the National Park Service noting “an assault of a park ranger” and “injuries to two U.S. Park Police officers.” According to the reporters, the statement described empty water bottles being thrown at the park ranger. Fuller versions of what appeared to be the same statement, published elsewhere, made no reference to empty bottles.)

Manhattan

On June 10, the extremist group Within Our Lifetime, which supports the Oct. 7 massacre, organized a demonstration in Manhattan.

At Union Square a man told counter-protesters, “I wish Hitler was still here, he would’ve wiped all you out.” Other demonstrators unfurled a large banner reading, “Long live October 7th.”

After a mass subway ride, during which demonstrators insisted “Zionists” identify themselves and insinuated harm would come to them if they didn’t leave the train, demonstrators converged on Wall Street, where they waved the Hamas flag and that of another terrorist organization.

They came to protest an exhibit memorializing the hundreds of civilians murdered by Hamas at the Nova Music Festival, to justify the murders, and to minimize the Holocaust by claiming the kids gunned down at the festival were worse than the commandant of the Auschwitz extermination camp.

The Times initially ignored the hate fest. A day later, after members of Congress, the mayor of New York City and the White House condemned the rally and its antisemitism, the paper reported on the condemnation.

But the piece said nothing about the pro-Hitler language, and nothing about the terrorist flags. (The paper was surely aware of the flags. It quoted from a White House statement that criticized the flying of “profane banners of terrorist organizations,” but ignored that line. And quoted from a statement in which the NYC mayor criticized the terror flags, but ignored that line.)

And while the story did refer to demonstrators shouting “long live the intifada”—the call for violence that the paper had previously suggested might not be a call for violence—it didn’t quote those same demonstrators’ chant that “resistance is justified,” a defense of the Oct. 7 massacre that, while sickening on its own, also underscored the true meaning of their intifada calls.

Brooklyn

Two days later, vandals smeared paint on the homes of the director of the Brooklyn Museum and two of its trustees. On the home of the director, who is Jewish, they painted the upside-down red triangle that symbolizes a Hamas target, a menacing threat of violence.

The newspaper’s story about the graffiti did not mention the Hamas triangle. (It can be seen in a photo in the online piece, but the caption and the story itself say nothing of the symbol, let alone what it means.)

U.C.L.A.

On the other side of the country, demonstrators gathered at the University of California, Los Angeles.

As the school’s Chabad rabbi recorded video of the event, a demonstrator wearing a checkered headscarf smacked the phone out of his hand, threatened to kill him, called him a pedophile and called for “death to Israel and anyone who supports that shit.” Another demonstrator told him to “go back to Poland.”

The Times covered the rally. It said nothing about the antisemitic incident or death threats.

Elsewhere on campus, a security guard was battered in the face and bloodied with a hard object. The paper—of course—said nothing about this violence. (The piece did, however, twice make a point of referencing aggression by pro-Israel protesters from months ago.)

Last week’s stories, in which the Times manages to erase vile extremism from four separate demonstrations, are hardly the first example of the paper coming to the aid of anti-Israel extremists. It had previously come to the aid of those tearing down posters of Israeli hostages by suggesting this was perhaps just a “release valve” for the “anguished,” while giving equal weight to the idea that those putting up the posters might be the real problem. Another piece absurdly suggested that calls for a Palestine “from the river to the sea” did not necessarily refer to a Palestine from the river to the sea.

Originally published by the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting and Analysis.

The opinions and facts presented in this article are those of the author, and neither JNS nor its partners assume any responsibility for them.
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