'Intentional Deception'

Lapid slams New York Times for publishing

op-ed by Palestinian mass murderer

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Yesh Atid party leader Yair Lapid slammed the New York Times on Monday for publishing an op-ed by Palestinian terrorist and mass murderer Marwan Barghouti.

The column is a long rant by Barghouti in which he makes absurd claims of abuse by Israeli authorities, slanders Israel throughout, and justifies a hunger strike he has organized.

Lapid noted that the Times byline called Barghouti "a Palestinian leader and parliamentarian," which "isn’t an error, that is an intentional deception."

Anyone who reads the column without prior knowledge of the facts will come to the conclusion that Barghouti is a freedom fighter imprisoned for his views. Nothing is further from the truth. The missing part of the column is that Marwan Barghouti is a murderer.

In fact, Barghouti is a mass murderer, convicted of killing several people during the second intifada.

And as Lapid notes, lying is no major obstacle for someone who has already slaughtered other human beings without compunction.

"Barghouti tells horror stories about torture he underwent during Israeli investigations," says Lapid. "There is no factual basis for these stories. ... The reality is that a convicted terrorist is inventing stories about those who imprison him, as prisoners do all over the world."

Publishing the piece, Lapid points out, is an abdication of journalistic responsibility.

Instead of saying to him – as a responsible newspaper should – that if he doesn’t have a shred of evidence to support his stories then they can’t be published, the New York Times published them in its opinion pages and didn’t even bother to explain to its readers that the author is a convicted murderer of the worst kind.

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