How the New York Times Whitewashed a Gruesome Videotaped Israeli Execution

Abed-al-Fatah al-Sharif
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It is really hard to ignore New York Times’ headline for the story on the disturbing video of the execution of the young Palestinian Abed al-Fatah al-Sharif, 21. Al-Sharif was executed along with Ramzi Kasrawi, 21, in Hebron on Thursday, March 24.

I know it’s the NYT after all, and pointing it out, like we did in hundreds of other cases, might not change anything, but still, one cannot and should not skip such outrageous journalistic practices.

The NYT chose this headline “Israel Soldier Detained in Shooting of Palestinian” to cover a crime that was filmed—and, had it not been recorded, one that would otherwise likely have gone unnoticed. The crime is composed of two disturbing scenes, both equally severe (and painful): In the first, an Israeli soldier executes a motionless and injured young Palestinian man in Hebron by a bullet in the head from point zero, and the other soldiers carry on as if nothing happened. And in the second, Israeli medics and soldiers ignore the injured Palestinian (before he was shot the second time) and leave him lying on the ground as if he were a piece of trash.

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