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MONTH OF JUNE
JUNE 1 CATEGORY
News article: Campus Braces for Protest
Courant staff writer
No rebuttal from pro-Israel counter-demonstrators. The remarks are distorted
and inaccurate. See June 8 article for Moshe Katsavs statement.
No rebuttal from pro-Israel counter demonstrators. The remarks are biased and
There are people who dont belong to our continent. . . DISTORTION
Katsavs remarks are distorted and taken out of context. President Katsav re-
confirmed what is obvious. The Palestinians he referred to are Palestinian terrorists.
a man who embodies such hate and racism. . . NO REBUTTAL
No rebuttal from pro-Israel counter-demonstrators to this unsubstantiated allegation.
News article: A Murder of Children
Los Angeles Times (Tracy Wilkenson)
JUNE 2 (continued) CATEGORY
This unfortunate opinion implies that certain unspecified numbers of deaths, murder
of innocent civilians, stays within the threshold of acceptance.
- Palestinian militants Palestinian gunmen
settlers. Arafat released numerous Hamas and Islamic militants.
The media have again sanitized terrorists. They are militants and gunmen.
News article: Israel Waits for Arafats Cease-fire
Washington Post (Lee Hockstader)
- Armed attacks on Israel civilians and military targets
Armed attack on Israel civilians should read, terrorist attacks on Israel civilians.
- Rearrest Islamic militants.
Again, the use of the word militant sanitizes terrorists.
- Facing a bitter and disaffected public Arafat could find all of those steps extraordinarily
difficult, if not impossible.
This opinion appears within the context of news reporting, assumes Arafat truly wants
to arrest terrorists. Not substantiated as fact.
News article: No Peace Here for Israeli President
Courant staff writers
- Around two-thirds of those killed were Palestinians and the rest Israeli
JUNE 4 (continued) CATEGORY
The media frequently reports this information whenever there is a review of the death
count. For what purpose, other than imply that the deaths are inversely proportioned
to the level of responsibility and that Israel is responsible for the disproportionate death
count. In no war has there ever been this media fixation on the number of casualties on
each side numbers that certainly are not indicative of right and wrong. See May 19
article for explanation of death count.
- (President Katsav) standard bearer of repression. . .Israelis policies toward
Palestinians is a betrayal of Judaisms tenets DISTORTION
No rebuttal from President Katsavs supporters to these outrageous and slanderous
allegations, which are in fact wrong. Self defense is indeed an important Jewish tenet,
as it would be in any religious or secular element of a democratic society.
News article: Family: Bomber a Devout Muslim
- He lashed out at Israel saying its hard line policies are prompting many young
Arab men to become militant. We wanted peace. . .Israel left us no choice except OMISSION
this (militant) path.
It appears that the journalist (Associated Press) has injected the word militant
into the fathers statement, sanitizing the terrorist action of the son.
There is no rebuttal or mention made that these young suicide bombers, from early
childhood, are victims of lies and incitement from their mosques, schools, and the
JUNE 5 CATEGORY
Commentary: A Mark of Honor
Amy Pagnozzi - Courant Columnist
- The Israeli President rightly perceived as racist
The allegation is not substantiated. See June 8 news article for President Katsavs
- 100-something peaceniks of every ethnicity could co-exist with 50-odd Israeli-flag
waving Zionists is amazing. IMAGING
Obviously, the demonstrators were not of every ethnicity.
Labeling the counter demonstrators Zionists is a slur often used by Arab rejectionists
who do not recognize Israel as a sovereign nation. Ms. Pagnozzis sweeping
conclusion that the demonstrators are Zionists without exploring whether in fact they
are is unverifiable opinion. One can be supportive of Israel and President Katsav,
wave the flag, and not be a member of the movement.
- Israels Prime Minister promises revenge within hours, not days, if Arafat
cannot enforce his call for an immediate cease fire.
The within hours time frame limit and condition is without any substantiation.
- Revenge collective punishment upon Palestinians shooting live ammunition into
crowds raining missiles upon residential areas turning schools into outposts DISTORTION
(Israel) A terrorist state. INACCURATE
There is no mention that the motivation of Israels action is not revenge solely for
the sake of revenge. The purpose is to cut off infiltration of terrorists into Jewish
residential areas and to seek justice for those who have been murdered. Nor is there
JUNE 5 (continued) CATEGORY
any mention that Israel uses live ammunition into crowds only if attacks with
live ammunition, fire bombs, etc. are being launched at Israelis from within those
crowds. The assertion that Israeli missiles indiscriminately rain upon residential
areas, is false. Missiles are selectively used against known terrorists who have
organized or participated in the killing of innocent civilians. These terrorists that
live and operate within residential areas often use residents as shields.
- Palestinians seeing daily natural growth of settlements are willing to sacrifice
themselves for the homeland.
Natural growth of settlements, written in quotations, falsely implies that it is not
Willing to sacrifice themselves for the homeland just stops short of justifying
terrorism. The homeland incorrectly implies that the West Bank and Gaza were
formerly under Palestinian Arab sovereignty.
- Barak and Sharon. . .christened new settlements
Although settlements are legal, Israels policy under Barak and Sharon was not to
develop new settlements but to allow for expansion of existing settlements.
Sharons need to conquer is boundless DISTORTION
To conquer is an aggressive act that indiscriminately enlarges an empire by
militarily attacking other sovereign nations. There is no clarification, that the West
Bank and Gaza are, at best, disputed territories that Israel captured in a defensive
JUNE 5 (continued) CATEGORY
war in 1967. The settlement concept was created after the 1967 war by the Labor
government, as a defensive move to create a strategic depth of protection, assuring
that Israel would never again be vulnerable to military attacks from surrounding
- Moshe Katsav is no more president of the state of Israel than the state of Israel is a
This is an egregious falsehood. Israel is indeed a democracy and Moshe Katsav its
This commentary by Amy Pagnozzi is clearly biased and transcends the bounds of
News article: Cease Fire Threatened Israel Considers Buffer
Associated Press (Nicole Winfield)
- The Palestinian militant group Hamas Islamic Jihad 484 people killed on the
Palestinian side 108 on the Israeli side. DISTORTION
Here again are the oft-repeated militant in lieu of terrorist and comparative
of death statistics.
See May 19 article for explanation of death count.
News article: CIA Chief Sent to Mideast
Washington Post (Alan Siprus)
- Hamas spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin The Militant Islamic Group Hamas
Again, the sanitization of terrorists militant in lieu of terrorist. Sheikh Ahmed,
who is called a spiritual leader is primarily engaged as an organizer of terrorism.
JUNE 6 (continued) CATEGORY
Clinton administration helping to foster successful cooperation. OMISSION
There is no mention that during the Clinton administration, major Israeli concessions
were paralleled by Arafats continued violations of fundamental obligations of the Oslo
Accords, violations which climaxed at Camp David. Israels acquiescence up to this point
sent a clear message to Arafat not to make peace but to commence with another intifada
this time with lethal violence. It would produce the greatest of all Arab demands the
Palestinian Right of Return, a killer demand on Israel that clearly reveals Arafats
real goal the dismantling of the Jewish state.
News article: Israeli Settlers Go on Rampage in Village
Knight Ridder (Nomi Morris)
- The headline is inflammatory. Rampage means wild and uncontrolled behavior. HEADLINE
so-called rampage included burning of Arab wheat fields and buildings.
Comparing the New York Times headline with the Hartford Courant headline of the same
The New York Times Headline:
Settlers Press Sharon to Declare War on the Palestinians
The Hartford Courant headline:
Israeli Settlers Go on a Rampage in Village
- Jewish settlers were angered by the wounding (critical condition) of a 6-month old Israeli
A clarifying sub-headline should have been: . . .After stoning of 6-month old baby who
is in critical condition
JUNE 7 (continued) CATEGORY
Palestinian militants. . .450 Palestinians and 110 Israelis killed. IMAGING
Again sanitizing terrorists as militants
Again the distorted killing comparison
See May 19 article for explanation of death count.
Editorial: Why Moshe Katsav? INACCURATE
- Referring to Palestinians, he (Katsav) added: There are people who dont belong to our
unbecoming of a national leader.
After receiving an honorary doctorate from the University of Hartford, President Katsav
spoke with a group of journalists and said:
There are Palestinians who are innocent people, too. Not all Palestinians are hateful
murderers. Im talking about Palestinians who are terrorists.
It is unthinkable that the President of Israel would ever make a sweeping racist statement
encompassing all Palestinians. His reference to there are people clearly means there
are people among Palestinians...
Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations Break Off
New York Times
- The ceremony (funeral) was for a 5 month old Israeli who died this morning. He was
A large photo of the grieving father reciting the Kadish for his dead son accompanied
JUNE 12 (continued) CATEGORY
This article is newsworthy not only because a 5 month old baby was killed, but it OMISSION
clearly demonstrates that throwing stones can be deadly. Yet, one wonders why the
Courant had chosen not to publish this story.
News article: A Fragile Cease-Fire
Combined Wire Services
This is a large front page article with maps and photos showing the history of violence that
is now in its second year. It is an analysis within the news segment of the Courant and should
have been appropriately identified.
- Caption of a photo dated September 28, 2000: DISTORTION
Jews and Muslims.
The photo and caption implies that Sharons visit is the cause of the violence. There is no
mention that the Palestinian Authority was informed of the anticipated visit and approved
by Prime Minister Barak. In addition, the Mitchell report confirmed that Sharons visit
was not the precipitating factor. Nor is there mention that the violence had been planned
and initiated by Arafat after he rejected the incredible offer made by Israel at Camp David.
- A graphic display of the death toll shows 489 Palestinians and 189 Israelis killed.
Again, a comparison of casualties without explanation or analysis of the reasons leaves
the reader to conclude that the death count is inversely proportional to responsibility.
There is no mention that Palestinian deaths are due to:
- terrorists being pursued that retreat into residential areas
- Israelis returning fire from snipers shooting from residential neighborhoods or
JUNE 13 (continued) CATEGORY
Nor is there mention that most of the Israeli deaths are innocent civilians.
See May 19 article for further explanation of the death count.
- Both sides are to take measures to restore shattered trust for Palestinians this
means actively preventing incitement of hatred and violence toward Jews and DISTORTION
declaring that terror is abhorrent.
There is no mention that declarations against terrorism have been made each time
there have been acts of deadly Palestinian terrorism. Appropriate action such as arresting
and convicting terrorists have rarely taken place. Under pressure, the Palestinian
Authority uses a revolving door system. Arrest and release, or arrest, convict, and
Nor is there mention that the Palestinians initiated the lethal violence after Camp
David and that most of the Israeli victims are innocent civilians. Israels responsive
actions are defensive.
Equating both sides as equally responsible for shattered trust ignores the initiator
of violence and the many warmed over meaningless Palestinian declarations that
terrorism is abhorrent.
- For Israel it means freezing construction of Jewish settlements whose growth is seen
as eating away at their (Palestinian) hoped for state Palestinian launched their uprising
against Israeli occupation.
There is no mention that the Palestinians were offered a Palestinian state in virtually
all of the territories, that would have eliminated the need for an occupation uprising.
But Israels risky offer was rejected by Arafat. Nor is there mention that new
settlement construction had been frozen. Only natural growth of existing settlements
JUNE 13 (continued) CATEGORY
- But in conservative places such as Hebron there is a motivation to go on until the
Israelis leave all the lands claimed by the Palestinians. IMAGING
Describing the Palestinians in Hebron as conservative is an unusual
characterization for the extremists who have perpetrated numerous terrorist attacks
from Hebron. There is no mention that in addition to the Palestinian claim to all the
lands, Israel likewise has a legitimate claim to all the lands, but agreed to
turn over control of most lands populated by Palestinians in compliance with the Oslo
interim agreement. However, this agreement that also calls for specific compliance
by the Palestinians has been virtually ignored.
- Travel restrictions sealed islands of autonomy keeping sick and pregnant from
There is no rebuttal or verification to the implication that Israel is deliberately denying
sick and pregnant women medical help.
News article: West Bank Bloodshed Spoils Effort for Firm Cease-Fire
New York Times
The following did not appear in the Courant: OMISSION
- Despite the latest violence the Israelis removed tanks from some roads. . .and reopened
Israel had been widely regarded as the aggressor but international opinion swung to Mr.
Sharons side when he did not order the retaliation after the Tel-Aviv suicide bombing
- An Army Lt. Col. was killed while travelling by car
JUNE 15 (continued) CATEGORY
- Dore Gold an advisor to Mr. Sharon, told the Associated Press, This doesnt look like
The above news events were available to the Courant through various wire services but
were not reported.
The cartoon shows terrorism as the way to peace for Arafat and occupation a way to peace
- There is an implied equal between Sharons occupation and Arafats terrorism DISTORTION
- Sharon is committed to giving up tangible territory. The unity government would not UNBALANCED
smokescreen for peace has been successful in generating concessions from Israel in
exchange for intangible promises that have never materialized. Theres an imbalance
in weighing Israels tangible land with Arafats promises of peace.
News article: Day 2 of a Mideast truce sees few violent incidents
New York Times
The following are excerpts of the June 16 New York Times article:
Despite reservations, Israel dismantled more checkpoints today and opened some roads OMISSION
to Palestinian traffic They have yet to ease restrictions in Nablaus, Ramallah and
Rafah The Israeli military authorities reported several incidents of stone throwing
and attacks with grenades in Gaza The Palestinian police said Israeli soldiers fired
rubber-coated bullets at stone throwing demonstrators who tried to dismantle an Israeli
JUNE 16 (continued) CATEGORY
There were no news reports of these newsworthy events in the Courant on June 16.
News article: Camp Feels Brunt of Mideast Violence
Seeds of Peace a summer camp and dialogue program for both Israeli and Palestinian
teenagers was cancelled.
- Palestinian Authority Zeinal Al-Wazir said, it would be impossible to send a delegation
when our children are suffering at the hands of Israeli soldiers. They have killed many
of our children.
No rebuttal/response from Israel to the allegations. Yes, innocent Palestinian children
have unintentionally been killed. Some caught between crossfire. Others used by
Palestinian terrorists as shields. Conversely, innocent Israeli children are intentionally
murdered by terrorists. Although the Israeli Education Ministry decided against an
official delegation, the mayor of Haifa, Avram Mitzna agreed to send a delegation of
Israeli Arabs and Jews.
News article: Sharon Sees Too Much Violence for Talks
- A Palestinian boy was killed when Israeli soldiers fired on demonstrators at a
There is no Israeli rebuttal to the report. Nor was there any mention whether or not
the demonstrators were using lethal weapons or whether live ammunition or rubber
bullets were used.
- Peres, an ideological rival, the good guy (Sharon) the hawkish prime
bad guy. DISTORTION
JUNE 18 (continued) CATEGORY
Hawk aggressor that swoops down and devours its prey. Sharon, the hawk,
who unilaterally ordered a cease-fire and does not wish to negotiate until there are
seven days of no violence.
- A Palestinian doctor said that a 12 year old Palestinian boy was killed when Israeli
soldiers fired on demonstrators. NO REBUTTAL
The Palestinian doctor hardly objective offers no details. There is no rebuttal/
response from Israel. Nor is there mention that Israelis do not intentionally kill
- Dispute between moderates and hardliners within Israelis government.
A hardliner is an extremist.
A moderate is neutral and balanced.
This word imaging label reflects the opinion/bias of the journalist.
A non-biased definition of general political factions are liberal and conservative.
The more extreme segments of each party are the radicals.
News article: Sharon Faces New Pressure as 2 Drivers Are Killed
New York Times
- Two drivers were killed today in shootings in the West Bank but Prime Minister
Sharon rejected demands by Jewish settlers that he call off Israels tentative truce with
Is this Sharon the hawk that is often vilified? Although the report is certainly
newsworthy, it did not appear in the Courant.
JUNE 21 CATEGORY
News article: Powell Is Going to Mideast to Shore Up Cease-Fire
Associated Press (Mark Lavie)
- A Jewish settler died in another West Bank shooting. . .
There is no explanation of who started the shooting. In the past, settlers who are
civilians have been targeted by Palestinian terrorists. In fact, on June 21, the New
York Times reported that A 62 year old Israeli from the Homesh settlement was killed
(ambushed) in a Palestinian village near Nablus.
- Some analysts said, that (Israeli Cabinet statement) indicated a resumption of a
much-criticized policy of targeted killing of Palestinian activists. IMAGING
There is no information as to who the analysts are. Sanitizing terrorists have now
moved up a notch from militants to activists.
News article: Gaza Blast Kills Two Soldiers, Bomber
Associated Press (Mark Lavie)
- Near the Jewish settlement of Ganei Tal, two 18-year old Palestinians were seriously
wounded by army fire.
There is no response from Israel or an explanation as to why the Israeli army fired on
the Palestinians. The most likely story the army returned fire after Palestinians fired
on settlers (civilians).
News article: Palestinian Killed; Officials Plead for Calm HEADLINE
Associated Press (Ibrahim Barzak)
The headline is misleading. Not until the last paragraph was it revealed that the Palestinian
was carrying grenades and a pistol. This important explanation should have been an
integral part of the headline or placed in a sub-headline.
JUNE 24 (continued) CATEGORY
- Palestinians regard all Jewish settlements as illegal and have killed more than two
dozen settlers in drive by attacks and roadside shootings during nine months of violence. OMISSION
There is no Israeli rebuttal/response. Nor is there mention that settlements are legal
according to the views of international legal scholars and the official U.S. position.
The killing of settlers, who are civilians, is an act of terrorism.
News article: Sharon Stung by Renewed Furor over 1982 Massacre
Washington Post (Lee Hockstader)
- The Accused, a lengthy documentary broadcast June 17 by the BBS suggests that
Sharon should or could be convicted of war crimes. . .
Palestinian survivors of the massacre asked a Belgian Court to indict Sharon for war
A Human Rights Watch called for criminal investigation of Sharon.
The article does not report on the Israel courts finding that Sharon was not directly
responsible for the 1982 incident. Nor does the article mention Sharons successful
lawsuit against Time magazine for slandering him by making this insinuation.
Who are the Human Rights Watch? There are numerous so-called Human Rights
groups that are intensely biased and use word imaging titles that insidiously distorts
their true mission.
News article: Bush Presses Sharon on Peace Plan
Associated Press (Ron Fournier)
Although the news article is generally balanced, important statements made by Sharon OMISSION
and his spokesman were not reported, such as the following that appeared in the New York
Times on June 27:
JUNE 27 (continued) CATEGORY
One must understand that if last week we had 5 dead its like the United States,
Mr. President, having 250 or maybe 300 people killed by terror, Mr. Sharon said.
Roanan Gussen, a spokesman for Mr. Sharon said: Until Arafat takes the necessary
steps, we cannot move ahead. We cant make the mistakes of past administrations and
negotiate while Israelis are under fire.
News article: Powell Guarded on Sanctions Plan
Washington Post (Steven Mufson)
This news article is primarily involved with Iraqi sanctions. The following enlightening
information on the Israel-Palestinian conflict appeared in the New York Times on June 30,
2001 but was not reported in the Courant:
- The army reported 2-shootings, 3-demonstrations in the West Bank in which rocks,
bottles and fire bombs were thrown, and 6-separate mortar launchings in Gaza.
In Jerusalem, Secretary Powell said that Mr. Sharon and his ministers would have to
make the judgment as to whether or not it is quiet and by what definition.
The Israeli government opposes monitors or observers because as Mr. Dore Gold, senior
advisor to Prime Minister Sharon, said, In situations involving the war against terrorism,
these monitors turn out to be one way filters that permit continuing warfare against Israel
but restrict the freedom of action of Israels response.