Thursday, July 21, 2005

Media Watch-Who Do You Believe?

From Haaretz:
Palestinian boy likely stabbed to death in West Bank clan feud
By Arnon Regular, Haaretz Correspondent and The Associated Press

A Palestinian boy was stabbed to death Wednesday in what was likely a brawl between rival clans in the West Bank...

...The circumstances of the killing were not immediately clear and Palestinians initially claimed the boy was stabbed during a violent clash with settlers. The boy's father blamed settlers but said he was unable to identify them for certain.

Later, however, senior Palestinian figures told Israel Defense Forces figures the boy was likely murdered within the context of a clan feud.

The same story, from Reuters:
Israeli settlers kill Palestinian boy -witnesses
Source: Reuters

Jewish settlers stabbed a Palestinian boy to death in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on Wednesday, witnesses said.
The Reuters piece offers fewer details, and states as fact what its unnamed reporter was told by unnamed witnesses.

Then, as way of explanation, Reuters can't help but throw in some slanted rhetoric:
Settler resentment has been running especially high because of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's plan to quit Gaza and a corner of the West Bank next month in what he calls "disengagement" from conflict with the Palestinians.

Palestinians welcome any Israeli withdrawals from occupied land but fear Sharon plans to leave them tiny Gaza while keeping major West Bank settlement blocs.
All of a sudden, Gaza is "tiny." I can't remember it ever being described that way, until Israel decided to leave. I won't even mention the way that some Palestinians are welcoming Israeli withdrawals (with mortar and rocket attacks). Oops, I mentioned it.

(Via Meryl Yourish).