Leo Rennert: A Letter To Mr. Brauchli Of The Washington Post
One wonders how it is at the Washington Post when an email arrives from Leo Rennert. Does Mr. Brauchli roll his eyes, and then promptly delete? Does he actually read, and take in, the cogent and coherent complaints as to the coverage of Israel and its attempts to deal with the unending Jihad against it? Does he study the details, or do his eyes glaze over, does he look bored, is he bored, does he find Leo Rennert simply a bore, whom he no longer feels he has to listen to, has no responsibility to pay attention, that nothing, really, will satisfy those complaining and carping people, such as Leo Rennert, who just won't take no, or indifference, for an answer.
I have a feeling that that's the way it is, that the actual closely-argued, based-on-the-facts complaints, whether they come once a month or once or twice a day, from Leo Rennert, are not given the attention they deserve by any of the matthew-brauchlis of this world. Their worldview is fixed, they don't intend to be bothered by appeals to the need for journalistic integrity, that is attention to the facts, to chronology, to context, to relevant history. That's all too much for them.
So that's why at least some of these letters should be put up here, so that some may read, and consider their contents, and pay attention, to the abysmal coverage that, in so much of the Western world, is given to that Jihad of which Israel may have been, during the Return Of Islam (a return that does not mean that the doctrine of Jihad ever fell into desuetude, but merely that OPEC trillions, and Muslim migrant millions, and the appropriation by Muslims of Western technological advances to disseminate their message, came together and created the conditions which allowed for an expansion of the Jihad beyond Israel and India, and that are altering the very world that the brauchlis think they know, but events are outpacing their limited understanding of Islam, not least in the maijn theatre of the war, which is not Israel but, rather, Western Europe).
Here's the latest from Leo Rennert to Mr. Brauchli, the relevant recipient at the Washington Post:
Dear Mr. Brauchli:
The sequence of events was as follows:
On Thursday, Jan. 6, Palesitnian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas released half a dozen Hamas terrorists from a PA prison, including a wanted killer implicated in the murder of four Israelis four months earlier. This was but the latest in a long string of Abbas's "revolving door" tactics with Palestinian terrorists -- grab hedlines by arresting them and then let them loose a few days or a few weeks later.
Did the Post report any of this in its Jan. 7 edition? It did not. Not a word about it.
On Friday, Jan. 7, an Israeli Defense Forces unit proceeded to reverse Abbas's shamefull act with a roundup of the terrorists he had freed the previous day. It managed to apprehend 5 of the 6 terrorists, including Wael al-Bitar, the Hamas killer implicated in the murder of the 4 Israelis. Bitar also happened to have planned a 2008 suicide bombing that killed a woman and injured 10 other civilians in Dimona in 2008. During the round-up, the IDF unit by mistake also killed an elderly Palestinian man who lived in the same building a floor up from Bitar, the principal target of the anti-terrorism operation. The IDF apologized and began an investigation about this mishap.
So how did the Washington Post report these Jan. 7 events? Did it lead off with the news that Israel had recaptured a Hamas terrorist cell a day after Abbas let these terrorists loose to murder more Israeli civilians?
No. It did not.
Instead, the Jan. 8 headline -- in big type -- across three columns blares: "Palestinian mistakenly slain by Israeli troops." In the Post's upside-down world, Israel ends up as the villain, not the terrorists who embed themselves among civilians and those "moderate" Palestinian leaders who abet their lethal pursuits.
Here is correspondent Joel Greenberg's lead paragraph:
"HEBRON, WEST BANK--Members of an Israeli special forces unit hunting for a Hamas militant shot dead a 66-year-old Palestinian man in his bed early Friday, mistaking him for the wanted man, who lived in the same building. The killing, witnessed by the man's wife, raised fresh questions about the military's conduct and rules of engagement in the West Bank."
Note that neither the lead nor the headline mentions that 5 of the 6 terrorists freed by Abbas and sought by Israel were in fact arrested. It is only the collateral fatality of the elderly man that matters most to Greenberg and the Washington Post.
The last sentence of the lead paragraph is especially instructive. According to Greenberg, the only question raised by this incident is about IDF conduct and rules of engagement in the West Bank. Not mind you about Abbas's revolving-door of arrests-cum-quick release of Palestinian terrorists. Abbas, in the eyes of the Post, comes off scot-free.
Greenberg is so intent on pinning the entire blame on Israel that he describes in meticulous detail the scene of the mistaken killing of Bitar's neighbor -- "A blood-soaked sheet remained on the bed, and blood was smeared on the headboard and an adjacent closet. Bits of flesh and bone were scattered on the floor and the ceiling."
It goes without saying that no such gruesome details were reported by Greenberg and the Washington Post when Bitar had a hand in the killing of 4 Israelis four months earlier. In fact, Greenberg doesn't even mention this episode in his Jan. 8 article (he refers only to the Dimona suicide boming). Don't expect Israeli victims of terrorism to receive commensurate sympathy from the Post.
Greenberg's gruesomely warped journalism pops up in another part of his article when he reports Hamas's suspicions that Abbas colluded with Israel in releasing Bitar and then tipping off the Israelis about his whereabouts. Greenberg himself lends credence to this theory, writing that "Cooperation between the Israeli and Palestinian security forces has improved markedly in the past two years as the Palestinian forces have cracked down on Hamas and other armed groups in West Bank cities."
Some crackdown! Arrest a Hamas terrorist on Monday and set him free on Tuesday. And Abbas gets a star!
But this isn't the end of the all-out anti-Israel bias in Greenberg's piece. To pump up his fulsome attack on his main villain -- not Hamas, not Abbas, but the IDF -- Greenberg writes that the mistaken killing of the elderly man in Hebron was the third time in a week "that a Palestinian had died in an encounter with Israeli troops in the West Bank," citing a Palestinian who was shot at a checkpoint when he approached security guards with a bottle and a "Palestinian woman died a day after inhailing tear gas fired by troops during a protest in the villag of Bilin against Israelis separation barrier in the West Bank."
Greenberg fails to mention that the Palestinian shot at the checkpoint ignored repeated calls to halt and to go through a line where the bottle could be checked. Nor does he report that the IDF concluded after its own investigation that the Palestinian woman didn't die from inhaling tear gas, but apparently from pre-existing medical conditions that may not have been properly treated.
But why provide such facts to Post readers when you're out to smear Israel? In erasing blame from Hamas terrorists and Abbas's complicitly, while putting the onus on Israel, Greenberg and the Post display a moral inversion of staggering proportions.