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      Calling Concrete Blocks "Stones"

      HonestReporting.com's latest report notes that media outlets have been underplaying the dangers of Palestinian "rock-throwing" against Israeli soldiers.
      First Publish: 1/7/2004, 3:39 PM / Last Update: 1/7/2004, 11:58 AM

      HonestReporting.com's latest report notes that media outlets have been underplaying the dangers of Palestinian "rock-throwing" against Israeli soldiers. In a stunning example of a picture that is worth 1,000 words, the website shows a recent incident
      in which the "stones" used by the Arabs are not exactly pebbles - but full-size cinderblocks hurled down with full force.

      The Honest Reporting organization, which specializes in highlighting unfair media coverage of the Israeli-PA conflict, writes, "Media outlets regularly charge the IDF with brute over-reaction to Palestinian stone-throwers [and describe them] as mere 'protestors' who pose no serious danger."

      The latest episode took place four days ago when three Palestinian rioters were killed during a clash in Shechem (Nablus). Reuters reported two versions: Arab witnesses who claimed that one of the victims was merely "throwing stones" from above, and the IDF spokesman saying that he was actually "dropping large bricks on soldiers." At least two other news agencies, however, completely ignored the IDF's version.

      Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported: "Israeli soldiers have shot dead three Palestinians, including a 15-year-old boy, who were throwing stones in protests around the West Bank city of Nablus early on Saturday local time, Palestinian medics and witnesses said." The Associated Press gave its own version of what the army sources stated: "On Saturday, troops opened fire at a large number of Palestinians throwing stones, an army spokesman said."

      "These news outlets adopt the Palestinian version," HonestReporting.com concludes, "as if it were established fact. Readers, unaware of the flagrant selective omission, are led to the false belief that trigger-happy Israeli troops open fire against non-threatening Palestinian 'protestors.'"