NEW YORK TIMES’ BARGH­OUTI OMIS­SION

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS -

THE New York Times bowed to a rash of com­plaints this week and amended its de­scrip­tion of Mar­wan Bargh­outi at the end of an opin­ion piece he had writ­ten for the pa­per.

The orig­i­nal by­line de­scribed Bargh­outi as “a Pales­tinian leader and par­lia­men­tar­ian”.

In fact, he is serv­ing mul­ti­ple jail sen­tences in an Is­raeli prison for mur­der and mem­ber­ship of a ter­ror­ist or­gan­i­sa­tion.

The pub­li­ca­tion of the ar­ti­cle caused out­rage in Is­rael, and ques­tions have been asked, not least as to how Bargh­outi man­aged to send it to the pa­per from prison.

Osten­si­bly the ar­ti­cle was writ­ten to draw at­ten­tion to al­legedly poor con­di­tions in Is­raeli pris­ons which have led to this week’s Pales­tinian pris­oner hunger strike.

In a fu­ri­ous response in the Times of Is­rael, the leader of the cen­trist Yesh Atid party, Yair Lapid, de­scribed the pa­per’s ini­tial omis­sion of Bargh­outi’s con­vic­tion as an “in­ten­tional de­cep­tion”.

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