The New York Times and the Terrorist’s Mom


ny-times-terrorist-mom-crying[Video below.] The New York Times (here) ran an article about two events: The IDF attack on a wanted terrorist in Gaza and the murder of an Israeli waiting for a bus by the hands of another terrorist. In a puzzling move, the Times selected a picture of the weeping mother of the terrorist to run above the story.

Does this picture really help readers understand these events? Or is it another subtle (maybe not so subtle) attempt by the Times to convey sympathy for the Palestinians at the expense of the Israelis.

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  1. Your anti-Jewish (yes anti-Jewish, not just anti-Israeli) bias has sickened me to the point of finally cancelling my subscription and getting my friends to do so. I am not a rabble rouser just a family man who feels like vomiting onto the newspaper when I see a photo of a terrorist’s mother crying and in the same article no picture of the grieving family of an Israeli terrorist’s victim is offered. You have stooped beyond perverted moral equivalence of the two situations—now you assign moral SUPERIORITY to the terrorist over his victim. WE hope your paper and it’s ilk crashes and burns to bankruptcy liquidation real soon. UGH!!!!

  2. in olam hasheker always the victim is called the opressor. this exists between jews and non jews and even more so amongst jews themselves.

  3. What I sent
    As a teacher of journalism, I found it hard to explain to my students why an article on your website ( ) was illustrated with a picture of the grieving mother of someone you write up as a former member of Hamas, and a member of a group including “jihadist Salafists, Islamic extremists who have recently been challenging Hamas and have been the subject of a clampdown by the Hamas authorities” which I expect you included to indicate the potential role the victim played and not just introduce extraneous information. There was no counterbalancing picture of the Israeli victim who was a member of “an acting troupe made up of settlers from Judea and Samaria, which performs across Israel. The group incorporates improvisation, psychodrama and other role-playing techniques to help others overcome traumatic experiences through theater. In addition to his work as an actor, Borovsky was also studying to become a licensed clown therapist in order to work with sick children in hospitals.” ( ) Was there no picture that illustrated anyone’s grieving for his loss?

    Is it that, not only are the two men not equal morally or in a human sphere, but that the Israeli is somehow less a subject of sympathy or grieving?

    Please help me explain your photo choice to my Intro to Journalism class as I am at a loss.