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February 01, 2003

Exactly what "isn't clear"?

On the recent IDF operation in Hebron, Ha’Aretz reported on January 31, 2003:
IDF launches month-long operation in Hebron

The Israel Defense Forces yesterday launched a large-scale operation in Hebron with combined ground and armored forces carrying out search missions in an effort to capture wanted militants. [sic!]
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In the past two-and-a-half months, 22 Israelis have died in attacks by Palestinian militants [sic!] in the Hebron area.
The surprise comes in one of the subsequent paragraphs, when Ha’Aretz quotes Hebron’s Mayor:
"... [I]t is not clear why they [the Israelis] seek to harm the population instead of the wanted (militants) [sic!]," said the city's mayor, Arif al-Jabari.
I wonder why nobody informed the mayor of the contents of the preceding paragraph; are twenty-two murdered Israelis not enough of an explanation? It is unfortunate that "the population" may be caught in the cross fire, but that is the nature of war, especially when "the population" shelters terrorists. But where and when did the IDF "seek to harm the population"? Why does Ha'Aretz allow such statements to go unchanllenged?

And while we’re at it, another question: when will Ha’Aretz (and the CBC) learn to call a terrorist, a terrorist?

Contributed by Joseph Alexander Norland. This piece is cross-posted on IsraPundit and Dawson Speaks.