Dozens of Twitterers criticized The New York Times over its depiction of the deaths and violence at the Gaza border ahead of the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem.
Twitter caught fire after The Times tweeted a link to its article about the deadly clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces that left dozens of Palestinian civilians dead.
The controversial tweet stated that dozens of Palestinians “have died” in the clashes, adding a link to a story titled “Israel Kills Dozens at Gaza Border as U.S. Embassy Opens in Jerusalem.”
In the clashes, Israeli forces killed 58 protesters and injured 2,700 more, as Palestinians rallied at the Gaza border to protest the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem.
Twitterers were outraged that the newspaper used the verb “have died,” failing to place the blame on Israel for the deaths. Director Judd Apatow was one of the Twitter users that pinpointed the problem. His tweet was liked 17,000 times and retweeted 4,000 times.
Stephen Kinzer who worked at the publication as a correspondent criticized The Times too. He wondered if Palestinians “have died,” what caused their deaths: “an epidemic,” a “mass suicide,” or they died of old age at a local hospice.
Kinzer likened the Times’ interpretation of the events to Nixon’s historic line: “Mistakes were made.” “No one made [the mistakes], just like no one killed the Palestinians. It’s why I tell my students to avoid the passive voice,” Kinzer added
Human rights advocates at B’Tselem slammed the Israeli government and military for the use of deadly force on Palestinians. The organization underlined that the response is nothing more than “appalling indifference towards human life.”
Palestinians urged the Arab world to take a stand and end the massacres on the Gaza Strip.
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