But, beyond the slanted, pro-Israel headlines is an ugly truth about the settlers, Israel’s government and the biased news media. They are lying to cover up their own crimes. They did not tell you that Jarrar, the 22-year-old accused of killing Shevach, was orphaned in 2000, when Israel murdered his father. And they surely didn’t tell you that, in the weeks after Shevach’s killing, Israeli soldiers were given permission to go after anyone who got in the way of their search for Shevach’s killer.
The biased Israeli and American news media didn’t tell you that Israel’s government has tried to kill Jarrar several times in the past and that maybe, just maybe, Jarrar was reacting to the violence against him and all that is ugly in Israeli policy in the West Bank when he killed Shevach.
I don’t support violence. I don’t support killings or murder. I support non-violence. But I also demand accuracy and accountability.
Biased news media is complicit in allowing the Israeli government to hide some truths and exaggerate others, meaning the Palestinian victims of settlers and security forces are viewed as ‘terrorists’ all over the world.
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- Ray Hanania is an award-winning Palestinian-American columnist. Email him at email@example.com. Twitter: @rayhanania