Israel may start annexing Palestine in just a week — but the ‘NY Times’ is barely reporting the story

Tom Friedman at Temple Emanu-El in New York in September 2019. (photo: screenshot from Jewish Broadcasting Service)
Lack of reporting by the New York Times on upcoming annexation is a glaring lack of coverage for a major news media source.

By James North | Mondoweiss | June 23, 2020

Annexation is prompting division and anxiety among the U.S. pro-Israel lobby, and in the U.S. Congress, but so far the Times’s army of correspondents in the nation’s capital have not reported on any of it.

Annexation in West Bank Palestine, which Israel may decree only a week from now, could trigger the biggest upheaval in the area in more than a decade — but the New York Times is mostly missing in action. Editorial page columnists Thomas Friedman and Bret Stephens, both of whom have extensive experience in the region, have not said a word so far. Annexation is prompting division and anxiety among the U.S. pro-Israel lobby, and in the U.S. Congress, but so far the Times’s army of correspondents in the nation’s capital have not reported on any of it.

The only coverage is emanating from the paper’s Jerusalem bureau, and it is inadequate and biased. Today’s article is typical; it is a tedious analysis of what high level Israeli and American officials think about annexation. Not one Palestinian is quoted anywhere — even though Haaretz, the trustworthy Israeli daily, reports that thousands of Palestinians demonstrated in Jericho yesterday against Israel’s illegal land grab. The protesters included ambassadors from the European Union, China, Russia and Jordan.

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