The Irish Times “clarifies” one error in the Israeli tourism puff-piece – and gives an op-ed to Apartheid’s Ambassador
As noted in my posting a couple of days ago, the Irish Times recently published a scandalous Israeli Tourism Ministry sponsored puff-piece, a piece that wiped Palestine off the map and falsely claimed East Jerusalem and Jericho as Israeli territory.
Well today, the Times published a “clarification”. Kind of. The following appeared in the ‘Corrections and Clarifications’ section of the paper:
“A map accompanying an article on Israel in last Saturday’s Go illustrated wrong territorial boundaries.”
Weasel words spewing forth from a mealy-mouth! It’s like when Fr. Jack ‘apologised’ to Bishop Brennan in Fr. Ted. The Times maintains that the article was about Israel, when the majority of sites mentioned are on Palestinian land occupied by Israel since 1967. Nor does it say which “territorial boundaries” it got wrong. Totally and utterly inadequate.
The Times is on a bit of a pro-Zionist roll this week it seems. Yesterday’s paper featured a 1,000 word op-ed from Boaz Modai, Israel’s Ambassador, on the Goldstone ‘reconsideration’ (which the Times also published in full last Saturday). Modai – Apartheid’s official propagandist in Ireland – explains why those of us who accuse Israel of committing war crimes during Operation Cast Lead should all say “sorry”. He also manages to get a dig in at the Gaza Freedom Flotilla.
The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (along with many, many, many, many others – including members of the UN fact-finding mission Desmond Travers and Hina Jilani) have already published statements and articles rebutting Goldstone’s so-called “reconsideration” (not a “retraction”, not a “revision”). Of course they are all worth reading – but apparently the Times thinks its readers deserve only to hear to the Israeli side. Though there will probably be some kind of right-of-reply from the Palestinian Mission to Ireland tomorrow – the Times playing the familiar game of ‘balance’.
And this Irish Times facilitation of Israeli “normalisation” comes in a week when at least 19 Palestinians have been killed by occupation forces in Gaza.