Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Where Is The Coverage?

This story is not getting the attention that it deserves:
A young Jewish man who died after being kidnapped and tortured for weeks may have fallen victim to a racist attack, French leaders said on Monday, vowing to catch and punish those responsible for an "unspeakable barbarity."

France has been shocked by the murder of Ilan Halimi, 23, a mobile telephone salesman killed after being held captive for three weeks, and Jewish community leader Roger Cukierman urged the government to "provide the whole truth" about the case.

Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin told Jewish community leaders at their annual dinner that the judge handling the case was investigating leads pointing to an anti-Semitic attack, and said he had ordered his interior and justice ministers to shed all possible light on the affair.
Reuters, in its typical fashion, fails to describe the perpetrators until you've read quite a bit into the article, and even then they say that the gang involved is "led by an Ivory Coast immigrant with a Muslim name."

Read on, and at the end of the story, Reuters serves up another of its usual rationalizations to excuse anti-Semitism:
France's 600,000-strong Jewish community, Europe's largest, came under rising anti-Semitic attacks earlier this decade, often from disaffected Muslim youths protesting against Israeli policy toward the Palestinians.
Is Reuters trying to send the message that the kidnapping, torture, and murder of a Jewish man by a gang led by a Muslim from Africa is somehow Israel's fault?