Friday, February 26, 2010

Another Orwellian inversion

As Palestinian Arabs burn tires and stone Israelis in the town of Hebron, Reuters correspondent Ali Sawafta trumpets the immortal words of Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad:
Israel won't drag Palestinians to violence... This is what we call a quiet revolution
Perhaps Fayyad ought to have his chauffeur pull his limo over, snap on a crash helmet, and take a look around the next time he travels to Hebron to pray at the Tomb of the Patriarchs.

In one respect, Fayyad's words ring true: the Palestinians prove time and again they need no external impetus to violence.

Note that Reuters' Sawafta has no difficulty quoting Fayyad in toto:
We will not be dragged to violence by the terrorism of the settlers, and the terrorism of the settlement project [italics, ours]
whereas similar references to "terrorism" are routinely expunged (a violation of the Reuters Handbook of Journalism) or placed in scarequotes when Reuters is citing Israeli sources discussing Palestinian violence.

Sawafta also refers to Hebron as being in the "West Bank" without mentioning Israel's name for the territory, Judea and Samaria (another violation of the Reuters Handbook).  This is of course, to side with the Arabs by assigning title to them prior to final status negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians (a third violation of the Reuters Handbook).

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