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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review July 26, 2004 / 8 Menachem-Av, 5764

Media tales of victims leave out the real culprit

By Jonathan Tobin

http://www.jewishworldreview.com | Who are the real victims in the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians? There has been no shortage of casualties and tragic stories on either side of this terrible war. And no friend of Israel ought to be insensitive to the human cost that it has exacted on the Palestinians.

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But while Arab victims of the violence have every right to our sympathy, we have the right to ask what those who are seeking to highlight their suffering at Israel's expense are trying to do. Coming, as it does, on the heals of the International Court of Justice's preposterous ruling that Israel's security fence is illegal and a possible follow-up vote in the U.N. General Assembly, the emphasis on Palestinian victimhood has created more misperceptions than truth. Case in point was a lengthy series run by The New York Times last week, which focused on the plight of the Palestinians in the territories such as the residents of Jenin and Gaza. Similarly, The Washington Post chose the same week to devote part of its front page to the story of the members of a youth theater group that was organized during the heyday of the peace process.

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While both the tale of what happened to the seven would-be actors and the Jenin home owners were interesting, there was one key element to the story that wasn't mentioned, despite the inordinate amount of space devoted to both these stories: the reason why the peace agreements of 1993 dissolved into warfare that destroyed up the lives and the property of so many Palestinians.

Both the Times and the Post treated the impact of the conflict with Israel on the lives of Palestinians as if it were a natural disaster that swooped down out of the sky like a Kansas twister. The only context, if any, given in these stories is the constant malevolent presence of Israel and its Defense Force, whose only role in the lives of the Palestinians is that of implacable foe and destroyer.