It is no surprise that the Los Angeles Times harbors an intense hatred for Israel; this is the same newspaper that to this day has suppressed the infamous video of Barack Obama honoring PLO leader Rashid Khalidi. But the lengths to which the Times will go to falsely indict and smear Israel reached another new level on November 20. The Jerusalem Bureau Chief of the Times, Edmund Sanders, wrongly identified Ramez Harb, an Islamic Jihad leader killed last week in an Israeli air strike, as a “Palestinian journalist.” Their twisting of the truth was caught by CAMERA.
Here’s what the Times wrote:
On Monday, Israel attacked the Sharouk communications building in Gaza City where it said four senior members of the Islamic Jihad militant group were meeting. Among the dead was Ramez Harb, a Palestinian journalist. Israel said he was a legitimate target because he served in the information department of Islamic Jihad.
Then, after being caught, the Times still lied. Witness the correction they offered three days later:
Gaza fighting: In the Nov. 20 Section A, an article about attacks by Israel and Hamas referred to Ramez Harb, who was killed in an Israeli strike on the Gaza Strip, as a journalist. Although initial reports said Harb worked for a Palestinian news agency, he was a member of the militant group Islamic Jihad.
Not quite. As CAMERA pointed out, Harb was a senior military figure in the group. And that had been reported in the press before the Times offered their correction.
And how does CAMERA know this? Islamic Jihad itself texted reporters that its top military leader, Harb, was killed, even according to the Palestinian supporting AP:
Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad says an Israeli strike on a Gaza media center has killed one of its top militant leaders. Monday’s strike in downtown Gaza City was part of a widening 6-day-old offensive meant to quell Hamas rocket fire. It’s the second strike on the building in two days. The Hamas TV station, Al Aqsa, is located on the top floor. Islamic Jihad has sent a text message to reporters saying that Ramez Harb was killed in the strike Monday. Harb is a leading figure in their militant wing, the Al Quds Brigades.
The Times will not stop slanting their “news” to vilify Israel. Neither will their cohorts in the mainstream media. A nationwide boycott of these papers is in order.