NEW YORK TIMES’ BARGHOUTI OMISSION
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”.