The Blatant Moral Equivalency of the New York Times

Dr. Joseph Frager,

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Dr. Joseph Frager
The writer is a leading American pro-Israel activist who sponsors and coordinates many Zionist events. He is clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine (Gastroenterology & Liver Diseases) at the Einstein School of Medicine as well as a practicing physician.

On Monday June 30th the day that three Jewish boys Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaar, and Eyal Yifrach were found murdered in a cave, the New York Times did what it has done for years, compared the mothers of the three kidnapped Israelis with the mother of Mohammed Aziz Dudeen who was killed jumping out of a window as Israeli soldiers and police were doing house to house searches looking for the teens.
The front page story was entitled, "One Bereft, One Hopeful, 2 Mothers Embody a Mideast Divide".
This type of moral equivalency does not bring Peace. It does not help the difficult and trying situation. It is not a comfort nor does it provide any degree of solace. It only inflames an already inflamed situation. The highlights the bias of the New York Times and the Obama Administration which seemed joined at the hip.

Despite the world outcry against Hamas and its recent pact with Mahmoud Abbas, the President felt that he should be publicly silent on the subject. This is not a President, mind you, who is silent on too many issues, but he felt it appropriate to remain silent on the kidnapping which had gripped the nation of Israel and the Jewish People. His silence was deafening.

Thank G-d, for Lionel Messi, the number one soccer player in the world who displayed a photo of the three kidnapped teens on his T-shirt after scoring a goal in the World Cup. The President should have taken his cue from Lional Messi but he did not. Lionel Messi will be a hero forever in the minds of the Jewish People. The New York Times did not show the photo of Lionel Messi displaying the three boys, to the best of my knowledge.

The New York Times obviously following the President's lead felt that making Rachel Fraenkel and Aida Abdel Aziz Dudeen equivalent was in the interest of fulfilling its trademark, "all the news that's fit to print". The fact that Rachel Fraenkel's son was an innocent teenager simply trying to go home from school compared to Aida Aziz Dudeen's son who was resisting arrest (the matter is under investigation) is totally lost in the New York Times and I daresay the President of the United States.

The fact that Naftali Fraenkel was an American citizen (at least this is mentioned in the New York Times article) should have demanded some kind of reaction from the President. It is the responsiblity of the President to protect all its citizens wherever they may be in the world. No reaction and no statement were forthcoming. This is not a very comforting thought for all Americans wherever they may be. You are on your own.

The President does not have your back. The New York Times equating a kidnapping with a house to house search by an Army and a Police Force is an extension of this purposeful silence and is unacceptable. They should know better. The New York Times blatant moral equivalency should not be tolerated. It is an affront to the families of the three boys murdered in cold blood because they were Jewish. When will this finally end?

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