Not once in his 700+ word piece does Perry balance his parroting of Palestinian rhetoric with a mention of the crimes committed by these prisoners, including the 400 serving life sentences for murder. This is a blatant violation of both the Reuters Trust Principles and the agency's Handbook of Journalism:Though lacking Saadat and Barghouti, the swap will resonate with Palestinians, who regard the 6,000 or more prisoners held by Israel as national heroes and freedom fighters.
From a domestic perspective, the timing comes at a good moment for Hamas. A hunger strike among Palestinian prisoners whose demands include an end to solitary confinement is making daily headlines in the Palestinian media.
Perry suggests Palestinian prisoners have been on hunger strike to demand an end to solitary confinement but in fact, there are only about 20 Palestinians in solitary -- those convicted of the most heinous crimes. The rest are demanding they be able to take university courses and receive Arab TV channels.As Reuters journalists, we never identify with any side in an issue, a conflict or a dispute. Our text and visual stories need to reflect all sides, not just one [...] Similarly in a political dispute or military conflict, there are always at least two sides to consider and we risk being perceived as biased if we fail to give adequate space to the various parties.
Perry then rehashes his insipid lies about
1) Mahmoud Abbas:
Sure, the man who refuses to negotiate is a "believer in peace negotiations".But credibility matters to both. Abbas, 76, a believer in peace negotiations despite a deadlock that has lasted over a year, has enhanced his standing in recent months, showing a more defiant approach toward Israel and the United States.
2) The raison d'etre of Hamas:
Hamas stated commitment is to genocide of the Jews. Can't allow that unattractive reality out of the bag, eh Tom?Hamas' critics, meanwhile, say the movement has been facing a credibility crisis, struggling to reconcile its commitment to armed struggle against Israel with the responsibilities of governing Gaza, where it seized power from Abbas in 2007.
3) The risible notion that Hamas has been trying to prevent violent attacks on Israelis:
Several hundred Palestinian rocket and mortar attacks have originated from the Gaza Strip in 2011 alone. There is absolutely no "contradiction between Hamas' words and deeds".They [Hamas critics] have pointed to a contradiction between Hamas' words and deeds as it has sought to rein in militants whose rocket attacks into Israel have drawn punishing reprisals.
But then, you knew that; didn't ya' Tom?