Dec 16, 2004

Throwing Stones

On Jan 7 2004, HonestReporting published a communique entitled Throwing Stones. In it, they complain about an incident in Nablus where the media reported a Palestinian boy was killed while throwing stones at Israeli soldiers. HonestReporting contends that it's inaccurate for the media to use the word "stones", since an IDF spokeman claimed that the boy was "dropping large bricks on soldiers". Their communique contains a picture of two young men throwing large cinderblocks from an upper story of a building.

Yet, this picture is not from the incident in Nablus where the boy was killed and HonestReporting goes through some pains to hide this fact. Their communique then discusses how deadly a cinderblock would be when thrown from a roof.

HonestReporting includes links to AP and Reuters articles and then claims that both news organizations "completely ignored the IDF's actual version" (that the boy was throwing cinderblocks instead of stones). Yet, when reading the articles, there's no mention of cinderblocks at all. In fact, I was surprised to find statements from IDF sources using the word "stones" in each of them. Bizarrely, even HonestReporting's own communique quotes an Israeli spokesman calling them "stones": "On Saturday, troops opened fire at a large number of Palestinians throwing stones, an army spokesman said."

Does HonestReporting even bother reading their own articles???