You gotta love this man's passion about his cause. If I were to read this without any knowledge of the man other than what he expressed I would think he had been summarily persecuted, beaten tortured and wrongfully imprisoned. Here is mu favorite passage:
The eldest of my four children is now a man of 31. Yet here I still am, pursuing this struggle for freedom along with thousands of prisoners, millions of Palestinians and the support of so many around the world. What is it with the arrogance of the occupier and the oppressor and their backers that makes them deaf to this simple truth: Our chains will be broken before we are, because it is human nature to heed the call for freedom regardless of the cost.The poor guy. I can feel the tears welling up in my eyes. That is until, at the end of the article and a full day later the NY Times posts this clarification.
Editors’ Note: April 17, 2017 This article explained the writer’s prison sentence but neglected to provide sufficient context by stating the offenses of which he was convicted. They were five counts of murder and membership in a terrorist organization. Mr. Barghouti declined to offer a defense at his trial and refused to recognize the Israeli court’s jurisdiction and legitimacy.
Woo Hoo for journalistic honesty and integrity. Yes, they did post a clarification, but it was a full day later. I am assuming that this essay appeared in the print edition on Sunday, but the editor's note was added later to the online version. Even if this was an online article only, to not include this note at the top of the op-ed on the day that it was posted, is the worst type of journalistic malpractice. How many people read the essay before the "editor's note" was posted?
The man is a convicted murderer. HE KILLED FIVE ISRAELIS. FIVE, yet he writes this drivel claiming how horrible things are. But for the Times to give this man a voice shows how truly biased and corrupt that Newspaper is.
If you want to read a contrasting point of view of what it is like inside these Israeli prisons read Son of Hamas Mosab Hassan Yousef. It is eye opening.
Fake news has many faces. You have the counterfeit sites that pretend to be news. This is a problem, but the vast majority of people can decipher these deceptions. But the biases of the mainstream press is becoming such a problem, that there seems to be nowhere to turn to get even an attempt at unbiased news. I don't have a problem with someone like Rachel Maddow. She is a leftist and does not hide it. It is the mainstream press with its bias hidden behind the false mask of objectivity that is harming this great country. When the NY Times posts an article, and neglects to provide the necessary context. it is clear that they have an agenda and no editors note can hide such bias.
This journalistic malpractice and bias is despicable and sickening.