In what could be construed as articles found in The Onion or scripted segments on the Daily Show, the New York Times has run multiple stories focusing on Palestinian “suffering” in their coverage of three Israeli teenagers who have been missing since June 12.
What we have learned from the Times is that Kayed and Hassan Jaber, Palestinian truck drivers in Hebron (West Bank), have no trucks to drive because of a one-day solidarity hunger-strike with Palestinians in Israeli prisons. This act of defiance has “shuttered nearly all of Hebron’s stores and industry.” New York Times’ Jerusalem bureau chief Jodi Rudoren added in her June 16 story, “Worse, with Israeli troops limiting entry and exit as part of a crackdown after last week’s kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers, the Jabers were worried that Monday’s wedding party for Kayed’s 17-year-old daughter would be ruined.”
Ms. Rudoren’s narrative fails to mention these inconveniences Palestinians are enduring are the result of the kidnapping of Jewish students by Islamic militants. The culprit, always, is Israel and its efforts to find its children.