Editorial Position of the New York Times: Thumbs Up for Gaza Slaughter

By Abba Solomon and Norman Solomon

Over the weekend, the New York Times sent out a clear signal: the mass slaughter of civilians is acceptable when the Israeli military is doing the killing.

Under the headline “Israel’s War in Gaza,” the most powerful newspaper in the United States editorialized that such carnage is necessary. The lead editorial in the July 19 edition flashed a bright green light — reassuring the U.S. and Israeli governments that the horrors being inflicted in Gaza were not too horrible.

New York Times building in NYC. Photo: Haxorjoe (CC)

New York Times building in NYC. Photo: Haxorjoe (CC)

From its first words, the editorial methodically set out to justify what Israel was doing.

After 10 days of aerial bombardment,” the editorial began, “Israel sent tanks and ground troops into Gaza to keep Hamas from pummeling Israeli cities with rockets and carrying out terrorist attacks via underground tunnels.”

The choice of when to date the start of the crisis was part of the methodical detour around inconvenient facts.

For instance, no mention of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s June 30 announcement that the “human animals” of Hamas would “pay” after three Israeli teenagers kidnapped in Israeli-controlled territory in the West Bank were found dead. No mention of the absence of evidence that Hamas leadership was involved in those murders.

Likewise, absent from the editorializing sequence was Israel’s June “crackdown” in the West Bank, with home raids, area closures, imprisonment of hundreds of Hamas party activists including legislators.

Most of all, the vile core of the Times editorial was its devaluation of Palestinian lives in sharp contrast to Israeli lives.

The Times editorial declared that Hamas leaders “deserve condemnation” for military actions from civilian areas in the dense Gaza enclave — but Netanyahu merited mere expressions of “concern” about “further escalation.” Absent from the editorial was any criticism of Israel’s ongoing bombardment of homes, apartment blocks, hospitals, beaches and other civilian areas with U.S.-supplied ordinance.

At the time, there had been one Israeli death from the hostilities — and at least 260 deaths among Gazans as well as injuries in the thousands. The contrast illuminates a grotesque difference in the Times’ willingness to truly value the humanity of Israelis and Palestinians.

In the morally skewed universe that the Times editorial board evidently inhabits and eagerly promulgates, Hamas intends to “terrorize” Israeli citizens while Israel merely intends to accomplish military objectives by dropping thousands of tons of bombs on Palestinian people in Gaza.

A keynote of the editorial came when it proclaimed: “There was no way Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was going to tolerate the Hamas bombardments, which are indiscriminately lobbed at Israeli population centers. Nor should he.”

While sprinkling in a handwringing couple of phrases about dead and wounded civilians, the editorial had nothing to say in condemnation of the Israeli force killing and maiming them in large numbers.

Between the lines was a tacit message to Israel: Kill more. It’s OK. Kill more.

And to Israel’s patrons in Washington: Stand behind Israel’s mass killing in Gaza. Under the unfortunate circumstances, it’s needed.

When the editorial came off the press, the Israeli military was just getting started. And no doubt Israeli leaders, from Netanyahu on down, were heartened by the good war-making seal of approval from the New York Times.

After all, the most influential media voice in the United States — where the government is the main backer of Israel’s power — was proclaiming that the mass killing by the Israeli military was regrettable but not objectionable.

The night after the Times editorial went to press, the killing escalated. Among the calamities: the Israeli military shelled the Gaza neighborhood of Shejaiya throughout the night with nonstop tank fire that allowed no emergency services to approach. Eyewitness media reports from Shejaiya recounted scenes of “absolute devastation” with bodies strewn in the streets and the ruins.

Two days after the editorial reached Times newsprint, over 150 more were counted dead in Gaza. No media enabler was more culpable than the editorializing voice of the Times, which had egged on the Israeli assault at the end of a week that began with the United Nations reporting 80 percent of the dead in Gaza were civilians.

The Times editorial was in step with President Obama, who said — apparently without intended irony — that “no country can accept rockets fired indiscriminately at citizens.” Later, matching Israeli rationales for a ground invasion, the president amended his verbiage by saying: “No nation should accept rockets being fired into its borders or terrorists tunneling into its territory.”

An important caveat can be found in the phrases “no country” and “no nation.” The stateless people who live in Gaza — 70 percent of whom are from families expelled from what’s now southern Israel — are a very different matter.

By the lights of the Oval Office and the New York Times editorial boardroom, lofty rhetoric aside, the proper role of Palestinian people is to be slaughtered into submission.


Abba A. Solomon is the author of “The Speech, and Its Context: Jacob Blaustein’s Speech ‘The Meaning of Palestine Partition to American Jews.’” Norman Solomon is co-founder of RootsAction.org and executive director of the Institute for Public Accuracy. His books include “War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death.”


Norman Solomon

Co-Founder at RootsAction
Norman Solomon is the author of “War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death.” He is the executive director of the Institute for Public Accuracy and co-founder of RootsAction.org.

56 Comments on "Editorial Position of the New York Times: Thumbs Up for Gaza Slaughter"

  1. Sergio Poalsky | Jul 21, 2014 at 12:43 pm |

    Fucking psychopaths

  2. Erik Denning | Jul 21, 2014 at 1:01 pm |

    So Hamas WASN’T firing hundreds of rockets indiscriminately into Israel to provoke them and there ISN’T really footage of armed Hamas terrorists emerging from those tunnels into Israeli settlements? Does this mean Hamas also really DID accept Israel’s offer of a cease fire a few days ago? Is Hamas keeping their civilians clear of military targets or are they gathering them closer? I don’t know what to make of the videos showing prelaunch warning shots, used to give residents a few minutes a chance to flee before the real hit comes, or the leaflets and broadcast the IDF used to urge citizens to flee specific areas before the attacks came.

    • gustave courbet | Jul 21, 2014 at 11:44 pm |

      Between the IDF and Hamas, the Palestinian people are in a bad way.

      • Alan Franklin | Jul 28, 2014 at 3:50 am |

        The Palestinians in Gaza elected Hamas in a democratic elections Not to long ago , when they still had roofs in Gaza, these same Arabs used to sit on their rooftops and cheer every time a rocked hit Israel, give candy to each other in celebration etc. They did the same after 9/11…funny isn’t it?

  3. “For the defense of the Jewish State!” Oh…you mean New York? Or Florida?


    Srsly, NYT, yer full of shit. This could be ended in a heartbeat if the US could grasp that a nation created whole cloth by act of the UN…shouldn’t be sheltered against any obligation to accept UN rulings. I want an Israel…I believe it was necessary and reasonable to create it. I support its existence. BUT…the conduct of the government of Israel has been so vile, so routinely thuggish, cruel and downright amoral…that it has no moral high ground upon which to stand. Only by removing the issue entirely from the hands of the Israeli government will any solution ever be found…because their actions and statements have made it utterly clear that they are playing a long game end run to claim all of the immediate territory around them and ultimately displace or exterminate the people of Palestine. Had North Korea or Iran committed a fraction of Israel’s actions…they’d be smoldering chunks of fused glass with a 100k year half life by now. I’m not saying there’s no beef on the other side of this…Hamas sucks. It really does. These aren’t heroes we’re talking about. But when they decry that Israel is their enemy…THEY AREN’T wrong. The government of Israel will go to any lengths to prevent a peaceful resolution. Disarmament would not stop them. Surrender would not stop them. Only the absolute condemnation of the entire world and direct intervention will stop them. Turn off the money tap, isolate them like we do other rogue states…and let them feel at least some consequences for their actions…or this will only end when they’ve killed every last human being in the area that isn’t Jewish.

    • Liam_McGonagle | Jul 21, 2014 at 3:00 pm |

      You know, I think the world is going to have an honest discussion about this some time: “Is ethnic nationalism even theoretically possible without atrocity?”

      • emperorreagan | Jul 21, 2014 at 3:21 pm |

        In my opinion, an honest debate would be pretty quick:

        Side 1: “No, ethnic nationalism is not possible without atrocity.”

        Side 2: “I agree with you there, but would extend that to nationalism isn’t possible without atrocity.”

        Side 1: “You got me there, you win.”

  4. BuzzCoastin | Jul 21, 2014 at 1:49 pm |

    hard to believe the mouthpiece of the oligarchs
    is in support of the Israeli oligarchs

    NYT = oligarch shill
    doesn’t everyone know this by now?

    • Erik Denning | Jul 21, 2014 at 4:27 pm |

      I thought they were a business, struggling like a lot of media, to maintain and build readership and sell advertising. If they are only writing for oligarchs, that’s not many paying subscribers.

      • BuzzCoastin | Jul 21, 2014 at 4:39 pm |

        having been a publisher
        I can assure you the advertisers control editorial content
        and in really big fubucations like the NYT
        gruberment is always involved with content

        the Times they are a changing outlet of propaganda
        but they were always a tool and will be till the end

        • Erik Denning | Jul 21, 2014 at 7:03 pm |

          Everything is propaganda. Choose the news that best fits your belief system.

          • BuzzCoastin | Jul 21, 2014 at 7:13 pm |

            I chose no news
            becasuse no news iz good news
            the only “news” I embibe is here
            and that’s only for giggles

            realizing it’s all bulshit is the first step
            turning it down to a mild hiss is the goal

          • “Nine tenths of the news, as printed in the papers, is pseudo-news, manufactured events. Some days ten tenths. The ritual morning trance, in which one scans columns of newsprint, creates a peculiar form of generalized pseudo-attention to a pseudo-reality. This experience is taken seriously. It is one’s daily immersion in “reality.” One’s orientation to the rest of the world. One’s way of reassuring himself that he has not fallen behind. That he is still there. That he still counts!
            My own experience has been that renunciation of this self-hypnosis, of this participation in the unquiet universal trance, is no sacrifice of reality at all. To “fall behind” in this sense is to get out of the big cloud of dust that everybody is kicking up, to breathe and to see a little more clearly.”

            -Thomas Merton

            (reposted as it should be)

          • Echar Lailoken | Jul 28, 2014 at 4:44 pm |

            It’s interesting witnessing people bug out over information.

    • InfvoCuernos | Jul 21, 2014 at 5:35 pm |

      shocking, isn’t it? It isn’t even good for comic relief anymore.

  5. InfvoCuernos | Jul 21, 2014 at 5:44 pm |

    You know shit is bad when you have NY Hasidic Jews are protesting Israel.

    • Erik Denning | Jul 21, 2014 at 7:05 pm |

      They don’t blindly support everything Israel does. and they shouldn’t, just as it’s a bit ridiculous to be 100% conservative or 100% liberal on every issue.

    • US political support for Zionism comes primarily from the Christian Dispensationalist cult.

    • Alan Franklin | Jul 28, 2014 at 3:43 am |

      These Hasidim Jews belong to an anti-Israel sect called “Neturey Karta” they do not believe a Jewish state should exist until the first coming of the Messiah, they believe it is blasphemy. This is why they are protesting against Israel! Has nothing to do with the ongoing conflict!
      A little general knowledge never hurt anyone, I suggest you educate yourself about issues you are commenting on, It could make you look a little smarter!

      • InfvoCuernos | Jul 28, 2014 at 1:00 pm |

        Actually the protest I saw WAS protesting the current military action in Israel. I suggest you take that shit somewhere else-we are a little better educated than your average Americans here, and insulting us is not going to make you look any smarter.

        • Number1Framer | Jul 28, 2014 at 2:06 pm |

          He’s not exactly winning any hearts or minds anywhere on this thread.

          • InfvoCuernos | Jul 28, 2014 at 2:52 pm |

            Ya, pretty obviously a dummy account. I wonder if he’s a paid troll or just a regular who’s a secret zionist-He has drank of your wine and shared your bread, and he will betray you. (Using the term “zionist” makes me feel like a real conspiracy nut/ racist).

          • Number1Framer | Jul 28, 2014 at 3:13 pm |

            I postulated above he’s maybe one of the paid IDF accounts based on his Disqus feed. Still waiting to hear back. Lol

          • Alan Franklin | Jul 28, 2014 at 4:11 pm |

            “He has drank of your wine and shared your bread, and he will betray you” you comment shows you are just a low level bigot! Not trying to be a secret Zionist…. I am totally pro-Israel and proud of it!!! it is terror supporting bastards and bigots such as yourselves playing intellectuals and liberals yet you probably never have even finished high school….common white trash wanting to feel important, right?

          • InfvoCuernos | Jul 28, 2014 at 4:38 pm |

            “common white trash”-that’s not a bigoted phrase at all. Nothing racist about you. The thing I love about this forum is that I can be accused of being a liberal one minute and a conservative the next. The truth is that I do think there is a place for a Jewish homeland, and that Israel does have a right to exist, just that they do not have a right to carry out genocide on the Palestinians. But I should probably disregard those sentiments as they reflect on my poor education which included a lot of “never let the Holocaust happen again” rhetoric.

        • Alan Franklin | Jul 28, 2014 at 4:08 pm |

          There is a fairly large community of Netury Karta that live in the “100 Gates” neighborhood in Jerusalem. That community existed there long before Israel was recreated and they still don’t believe that a Jewish state should exist…..there goes your claim of your “better than average” education right our the door, genius! maybe you are having difficulty understanding what you read? By the way there are chapters of Neturey Karta in Israel (Jerusalem, Bnei Brak…) In New York (which the original comment mentions “NY Hasidic Jews”).

      • InfvoCuernos | Jul 28, 2014 at 3:15 pm |

        Here’s some actual Israelis protesting, but I’m sure that after a couple of days, you’ll be able to come back with some lame ass excuse about how this is photoshopped or that they are actually protesting for the military action. http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/1.607311

        • Alan Franklin | Jul 28, 2014 at 4:17 pm |

          A few hundred fanatical left wing, anarchists and Arabs protesting. many of these so called “activists” belong to organizations that are paid off by foreign governments. In the United States such organizations have to register as foreign agents and have their activities limited. In Israel sadly there is no such law yet and foreign agents such as these individuals make their living this way! In most democratic countries they would have been labeled as foreign agents.

          • InfvoCuernos | Jul 28, 2014 at 4:46 pm |

            LOL so who’s the one revealing their true nature? Please tell us some more about how much better it would be if this minority didn’t have a voice? I’m sure it requires outside funding to get these “left wing, anarchists, and Arabs” out on the street to protest. Otherwise, they would be content with what is going on? Is that what you are trying to say? That the Arabs wouldn’t be protesting if it weren’t for foreign governments? Its not the protests that are harming the public image of Israel right now, so much as it is the videos of what is happening. I know you are trying to establish that what we see with our eyes isn’t really what we think it is, but there are far too many independent eyes seeing this.

          • Alan Franklin | Jul 29, 2014 at 2:46 am |

            “revealing their true nature”? Its the law stupid! In the United States and in many European countries NGOs that make most of their incomes from foreign donors have to register as foreign agents! Some countries do not allow NGOs with political agenda to be financed and directed by Foreign entities and/or governments. In Israel such a law does not exist yet, The Israeli parliament is arguing having such a law in place…its democracy!

            Anarchists- seeing pictures from this demonstration you can clearly see the “Anarchists against the fence t-Shirts.

            Arabs- The red signs held are distributed by Arab parties in the Israeli parliament, some lean towards communism and therefor the red color!

            Left wing (far left liberal) can clearly see T-shirts by “Meretz” (a far left party) activists.

            Other t-shirts and signs that can be seen in this demonstration belong to a coalition of NGOs financed by foreign governments according to their own financial reports (According to Israeli law they have to make their financial contributors public).

            So my previous comment states facts, not some off the wall issue or “revealing their true nature” as you put it.

          • InfvoCuernos | Jul 29, 2014 at 10:20 pm |

            No, I don’t think you are following along. Here, let me try it this way: YOU are defending the IDF action that amounts to killing women and children by arguing about a law that doesn’t oppress people that disagree with you. You call me stupid, but you seem to be having a hard time keeping up with your own argument. You want to obfuscate this debate with pedantic definitions of who it is protesting-from the start- when the real issue is that people around the world are protesting this crime. This EXACT crime that the Israelis have been telling the world not to allow to happen “ever again”, and I’m not about to yield on this one inch to some internet asswipe that feels like they are on the side of the righteous because something they read in an old book. In case you missed the news, holocausts are bad regardless of what race is carrying them out.

          • Alan Franklin | Jul 30, 2014 at 12:50 am |

            People around the world also protesting in support of Israel’s actions and against terror and Hamas.
            The Anti-Israeli protest as you seem to call it look more like Arabs and Muslims rioting and looting.
            Interestingly enough some arab countries such as Egypt and Saudi Arabia seem to feel the same way about the Hamas, the Arabs in Ggaza, and their terror campaign.
            The Hamas murdered 20 people who tried to protest against it yesterday. I am sure that is just fine with you!
            Assad killed over 170,000 yet you have not made one response about it yet!
            You are a typical fascist Arab pro-terrorist scum. You do not care about Human rights! its terror supporting parasites as your self that have hijacked the “humanitarian” cause in order to promote and justify terror, murder and racism as long as its Christians and Jews being murdered at the hands of Muslims….driving the cause, right! The fact that you compare the war in Gaza to the holocaust, something only fanatical muslim and uneducated primitive parasites do, just shows who you really are! Right Achmed, Muchamed or what ever your real name is!

  6. Their God can suck my dick.

    • Alan Franklin | Jul 28, 2014 at 3:47 am |

      Actually speaking of religion. Did you know Mohamed, the founder of Islam liked little boys according to the kuraan he spent the night with some.

      • I know one of his wives was a little girl. What verses mention the boys?

        • Alan Franklin | Jul 28, 2014 at 10:58 am |

          if i remember correctly Hadith Number 16245

        • Alan Franklin | Jul 28, 2014 at 10:59 am |

          Hadith Number 16245, Volume Title: “The Sayings of the Syrians,” Chapter Title: “Hadith of Mu’awiya Ibn Abu Sufyan”:

          “I saw the prophet – pbuh – sucking on the tongue or the lips of Al-Hassan son of Ali, may the
          prayers of Allah be upon him. For no tongue or lips that the prophet sucked on will be tormented (by hell fire)

          He (the Prophet) lift up his (al Hassan’s) shirt and kissed his (little) penis..”
          روى أنه صلى الله عليه و سلم قبل زبيبة الحسن أو الحسين
          He (the prophet) kissed the (little) penis of al Hassan or al Husein
          رأيت النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم فرج ما بين فخذي الحسين و قبل زبيبته
          He (the prophet) put Husein’s legs apart and kissed his (little) penis

          Another Hadith. Majma al-Zawa’id, Ali ibn Abu Bakr al-Haythami, 299/9 مجمع الزوائد لعلي بن أبى بكر الهيثمي

          رأيت رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم فرج ما بين فخذي الحسين و قبل زبيبته
          رواه الطبراني و إسناده حسن
          translated into English: “I saw the Messenger of Allah pbuh putting Husein’s legs apart and kissing his (little) penis.”

          • Hadiths aren’t part of the Quran, but still, interesting…

            I don’t know if I should be telling Allah to suck my dick if Mohammad did the same thing to little boys. Allah might comply!

  7. Number1Framer | Jul 21, 2014 at 8:38 pm |

    Personally, I’m waiting for someone to uncover a gas chamber built by Israel to dispatch Palestinians en masse. They’ve already completed numerous annexations and are running a collection of disunited ghettos in the West Bank as well as a concentration camp called ‘Gaza.’

    • Alan Franklin | Jul 28, 2014 at 3:41 am |

      You need a shrink pronto! Either that or go visit and see for yourself how wrong you are!

      • Number1Framer | Jul 28, 2014 at 8:35 am |

        Soooo let’s see, your entire Disqus feed is nothing but pro Israeli garbage. You’re one of the IDF’s paid online trolls aren’t you? So are you a student or just a regular unemployed person? Does Israel pay you good for your work? Is it per post or hourly pay? As long as I’m paying taxes to prop up the entire nation, I will never support Israel. Go ahead, call me anti-Semitic. That is your next move, right?

        • Alan Franklin | Jul 28, 2014 at 10:51 am |

          So that is your line of argument? why don’t you stick to the subject? are you a Hamas paid terrorist? Are you in favor of using women and children as human shields and butchering innocent civilians? Are you another Arab terrorist? Is hamas paying you to write comments on the net (it was proven they do so) or an unemployed ultra liberal genius following “conspiracy” theories?

          • Number1Framer | Jul 28, 2014 at 11:01 am |

            You know that whooshing sound you’re hearing in your ears? That’s the sound of my original comment’s allusion to history repeating itself flying over your head.

          • Echar Lailoken | Jul 28, 2014 at 3:23 pm |

            I am more intertested in this list. Where did it come from?

          • Number1Framer | Jul 28, 2014 at 3:28 pm |

            I found it on twitter posted by a ‘parody’ IDF account (@IsraelDefenseFo). Not sure if the list in the graphic is real or a spoof. Hard to tell anymore and nothing would surprise me.

          • Echar Lailoken | Jul 28, 2014 at 3:32 pm |

            It’s fantastic, whatever it is. Thanks for sharing.

          • Alan Franklin | Jul 28, 2014 at 4:21 pm |

            Even Arafat has been recorded admitting that there is no such thing as “Palestinians”. that it is a political fallacy created in order the prevent the existence of a Jewish state. Arafat by the way was born in Egypt. Must be a shocking fact for 2 bigots ;), no?

          • Number1Framer | Jul 28, 2014 at 5:50 pm |

            I don’t get it. Are you trying to be ironic or are you accidentally lending credence to my theory that you’re a paid shill following the script I posted a pic of? Because that last post is pretty much staying in character. Do yourself a favor – next time you post on this thread, call your supervisor over to your workstation and ask for help, because you’re really bad at this.

          • Alan Franklin | Jul 29, 2014 at 2:35 am |

            Sorry to disappoint you, some people can tell the difference between wrong and right! Its a common practice of paid by terror bloggers such as yourself, when you can not address the issues, attack the writer. Isn’t that what Hamas teaches you? According to western values Hamas(a terror organization) is bad! Israel (a democratic state defending itself) is good!

          • Number1Framer | Jul 29, 2014 at 8:58 am |

            “Terror Blogger?” Lol. That’s a new one for me. Also: “Hamas is bad?” Can’t argue with that hardline logic. Your inability to properly use the English language gives you away. Can I speak with your supervisor now, I want my money back.

          • Alan Franklin | Jul 29, 2014 at 4:18 pm |

            yep! “Terror Bloggers” individuals paid to respond on blogs and forums by Hamas and other terror orgs. In case you have not heard (although i’m sure you have) Hamas held a fairly large sized work force just for that purpose! And about “Hamas is bad” just trying to simplify things for you since you seem to be facing some difficulty understanding western concepts. Now run along Achmed!

          • Number1Framer | Jul 29, 2014 at 5:07 pm |

            Do the “other terror orgs” you mention include the Israeli army who are also known to employ “terror bloggers?” Judging by your unintentionally hilarious and awkward references to “western concepts,” you’re obviously based outside the English speaking world wherever you are (Tel Aviv?) Oh ‘Alan,’ my dear little Jerusalem artichoke, you are so precious…

  8. Its obviously a land grab, after the world didn’t do anything to Putin, the doors are wide open for some medieval style sieges. They are doing it wrong tho, and that’s because who ever is leading the strategy for the attack is just plain evil. In the “Art of war” it is clearly stated that you should never go for individual human targets in your campaign, but to take territory and fence it off, even if the process is slow. Israel will never win like this and it will be almost impossible to take the west bank.

    • Don’t forget what the world let Cheney and Obama get away with. The facade of “the rule of law” is over. Laws are for little people, little more than how the strong control the weak.

      • InfvoCuernos | Jul 28, 2014 at 1:05 pm |

        I can’t agree more, and I like the way you put Cheney out there-he being the real power in the white house. I hope history with remember him to be the puppet master he was. Not the GW Bush shouldn’t take some credit, just for being a stooge, but Cheney was the man behind the curtain.

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