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And a just-plain-wrong conclusion about "most" Gaza casualties being civilians. The New York-based news agency examined airstrikes on homes—interviewing witnesses, visiting attack sites and compiling a detailed casualty count.
Portrait of AP photographer Adel Hana There was some rebuttal from Israeli officials but the general approach of the article, which was illustrated with eight searing photographs, seemed designed to substantiate Ms.
It was the stuff of which journalism award submissions are made. Even Stars and Stripes, the newspaper for U.
There is just one problem. We conducted an investigation of the AP investigation. We the authors have formed a nonprofit investigative project, The Mideast Reporter, that is going to do a lot of that kind of thing. Some of it is Journalism stuff, such as failing to write accurate headlines and failing to fully and fairly quote a principal source on a crucial issue.
A video segment, released concurrently, was even worse, and was structured almost as a kind of multimedia argument for bringing Israel to the International Criminal Court for war crimes, using as its principal source a fervent critic of Israel. Comment was sought from the three AP reporters who shared the byline on the Gaza air strikes examination, Karin Laub, Fares Akram and Mohammed Daraghmeh, as well as the Gaza-based staff photographer who produced the eight photographs, Adel Hana.
None of the four would comment on the article though in fairness, we were told that Mr.
Federman responded with a short statement that only partially addressed two of our 16 questions. He offered to speak off-the-record about why AP would not respond to the others, but we declined the offer.
Responding appropriately to serious queries is not optional for the AP. It is a not-for-profit cooperative, owned by its media outlets, and it sets high ethical standards for itself.
Our conclusion is that they cannot. The photographs accompanying the February 13 article. AP ran eight, now available as a slideshow online. The images are dramatic, showing survivors of Israeli air attacks walking or standing amid the ruins of what had been their homes.
The lead photo below is especially heartrending. It shows a child standing amid the wreckage where his father, mother and two siblings were killed in an Israeli airstrike. The photo and its original captionstill unchanged at this writing, reads: The attack killed his father, a Hamas policeman, his mother and two siblings.
This photo is problematic from several perspectives.
The first is that the caption is false. The AP article as published in the Miami Herald. This has been widely reported. If the AP had wanted to find out if Mr.
Malakeh was an exception to the rule, it had a number of options at its disposal. The Israeli armed forces is one source of information. The Observer was advised of the foregoing by another logical source to interview, Reuven Erlich, a retired IDF intelligence officer who now heads the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center —an independent research institute that collects, studies and disseminates information about terrorists.
Erlich points out that Hamas fighters such as Malakeh were omitted from casualty lists generated by Hamas-affiliated agencies, even though his wife and child were on such lists. The AP knows about Mr. Erlich, and could have asked him about Malakeh, too.Even though Mr Dahlan hails from Fatah, a nationalist party that is Hamas’s bitter rival, he has steered Emirati money to Gaza and helps Hamas negotiate with Egypt, which controls the strip’s.
A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip hit a house in the largest city in southern Israel early on Wednesday, prompting Israeli air strikes that killed a militant in the Palestinian enclave.
تامر نفار من دام اغنية في باب الشمس Tamer Nafar At Bab Ashams song - Duration: 3 minutes, 20 seconds. Media caption Clashes took place along Gaza's border with Israel. He has previously called Mr Erdogan someone who "bombs Kurdish villagers" in a reference to Turkey's military operations in the.
Middle East latest news: Breaking news on ISIS, the Iranian threat, Palestinians, Israeli cooperation with Arab states and more. Nov 13, · Improbably, Mr. Abu Asaba was the only person killed in Israel in more than 24 hours of rocket and mortar fire from the Gaza Strip, a staggering bombardment of at least projectiles, many of which made it past Israel’s vaunted air defenses.