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New York Times Pro-Israeli Bias

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Ali Abunimah calls her "another New York Times reporter for whom Palestinians are just bit players in someone else's drama." In July, Max Blumenthal tweeted , "In Bronneresque occupation whitewash, Rudoren calls Israel's demographic separation the 'Israeli security cordon."

Her coverage of two Palestinian administratively detained hunger strikers was dismissive and contemptuous. She called them "members of Islamic Jihad, a radical and militant Palestinian faction."

She equated legitimate resistance to terrorism. On August 14 , she headlined "Enlisting from Afar for the Love of Israel." It was a thinly veiled pro-Israeli puff piece. 

It discussed a New York teenager becoming an Israeli citizen and IDF recruit days after visiting on a summer tour. "The Jewish people don't need another Jew in suburban New York," he said.

Rudoren's article read like PR urging other American youths to join him. It included Netanyahu welcoming troops for what he called a battle against "a new anti-Semitism. You've decided to defend the Jewish future," he said. "In previous times, for almost two millennia, the Jews could not defend themselves."

He omitted explaining that Israel's notion of self-defense involves decades of crimes of war and against humanity. His Jewish future comes at the expense of others.

On August 14, The Times featured a Aaaron David Miller op-ed headlined "Preserving Israel's Uncertain Status Quo." It said too many Palestinians and Israeli Arabs live in Israel and territory it wants.

"The country's demographics look bad." It's also got too many ultra-Orthodox Jews and not enough secular ones. Nonetheless, he's sanguine, saying:

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"As for the Palestinian issue that threatens to undermine Israel's future as a Jewish, democratic state, there too the dangers seem mitigated by the current situation." 

"The Palestinian Authority's state-building enterprise and the security cooperation between Israeli and Palestinian services have generated more than a manageable status quo and all but eliminated terrorism."

In other words, Abbas and PA officials serve as Israel's enforcer. They have things well in hand. The "Palestinian problem" is "tolerable," he adds. Other issues take precedence. They include  "Egypt's future and Iran's centrifuges." The "Palestinian issue" is "subordinated".to the back burner.

Despite major unresolved issues, he says Israel is "in remarkably good shape." Fewer Arabs would make it better he believes.

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A Final Comment

Last December, Obama addressed the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ). He came to enlist support. He praised the liberal legacy of American Jews.

Outgoing URJ president Rabbi Eric Yoffie introduced him. He prominently supports ethnic separation. He opposes Palestinian statehood. "I prefer to live with Jews," he says.

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Check out this local NY Times article about a conf... by Gustav Wynn on Thursday, Aug 23, 2012 at 1:41:16 PM