"Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons." Bertrand Russell

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Myers shaping the 'facts' around the story

What constitutes ‘without notice’? Kevin Myer’s assertion that the execution of four men in Gaza by the Palestinian Authority has gone unnoticed is not factually correct. The first judicial executions in over three years represents another loss of basic human rights for the Palestinian people, suppression under their own authorities is not new, but in no way comparable to that under Israeli occupation.

Among the news outlets to run the story are The New York Times, CNN, NBC, The Guardian, BBC, The Washington Times, Los Angeles Times, ABC and The Irish Examiner. Perhaps the lack of notice Mr. Myers is referring to is the result of an over familiarity with Palestinians dying.

To attest to the ‘fact’ that atrocities conducted by Israelis are given wider coverage in the dominant news than those by Palestinians is to disregard reality. How would this explain the fact that to be born Palestinian is to be born to a life sentence in prison?

An Irishman's Diary
Kevin Myers

Possibly you missed the news that Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority, last weekend authorised the execution of four men in Gaza - three by hanging, the fourth by firing squad. Indeed, this newspaper was virtually alone in reporting it.

But imagine the publicity such judicial murder would have garnered had the executioners been Jewish and the legal authority responsible for them the state of Israel.

Of course, this is hypothesis: the only man lawfully executed in Israel was Adolf Eichmann; otherwise the state of Israel does not indulge in judicial executions.

continued... The Irish Times