The Washington Post, in its Standards and Ethics, committed itself to “an aggressive, responsible and fair pursuit of the truth,” so that the reader may be “without fear of any special interest,” but it has abandoned its pledge. Pursuant to the recent wave of deadly Palestinian attacks against Israelis, the newspaper’s Beirut correspondent Hugh Naylor had utterly ignored the terror victims’ horrific sufferings and, instead, focused on the discomfort claimed by Palestinians.
Since September 2015, four hundred and forty-four Jews have been injured, some quite seriously, and 34 killed in what the Palestinians arrogantly call the Knife Intifada. There were also at least 851 stone-throwings and 337 petrol bomb-throwings, with many more that had gone unreported. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, a despicable, deceitful man who indoctrinates his people from toddlerhood to hate Jews, incites them to attack and kill civilians with an assortment of weaponry (knives, axes, meat cleavers, screwdrivers). This time the fabricated threat is that Israel was plotting to close down the Al Aqsa Mosque.
Israel is a democracy, however, and under Israeli rule, no religious group has ever been deprived of visiting its sacred sites. By contrast, during the 19 years of Jordanian rule, Jews were forbidden entry and Christians were under such strict government repression that they were forced to emigrate, severely dwindling the Christian population. When the Jews regained East Jerusalem in 1967, all but one of 35 synagogues were completely ravaged and used for stables and filth, Jewish tombstones on the Mount of Olives cemetery were broken, and holy books burned. More than mere vandalism or the allegation that they must destroy idols, these behaviors are intended to erase the memory and proof of existence of all religions but Islam.
The Washington Post and its journalists surely know that under Israeli rule, Muslims may practice Islam in Israel’s capital, Jerusalem, even though Muslims forcibly turn away Jews from their holiest site, the Temple Mount (location of the Al Aqsa Mosque). Israel also recently issued nearly 90,000 travel permits to Palestinians who wish to visit family and the Al Aqsa in deference to their religious month of Ramadan. The Palestinians responded with another terrorist attack, killing four and injuring at least six, possibly 17, in an upscale Tel Aviv marketplace – another challenge for Israel’s compassion and the journalists who eschew the truth.
The identity of the recent Intifada victims are known, but Naylor ignores them. They include several young rabbis who left behind wives, each with several young children; one whose wife and one child were also critically injured; and a rabbi and his son who were both killed en route to celebrate his daughter’s wedding.
Others were a professor of economics, son of Holocaust survivors; a Palestinian woman returning home from work; a 21-year-old theater major who had just completed her national service; the owner of a recording studio, married with two daughters; a civil employee of the IDF, murdered during a celebratory weekend for a friend’s birthday; a 26-year-old law student; a taxi-driver; a…