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See positive, negative aspects of Gilad Shalit’s return to Israel

(10/19/11 4:00am)

Monday was an undoubtedly emotional day for many in Israel and around the world. The exchange of captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit for 1,027 Palestinian prisoners has elicited positive and negative feelings. The Shalit family, Israelis and Jews the world over, can breathe a sigh of relief that after five long years of captivity in Gaza, Shalit has returned home in safety to his family and people. On the other hand, the freeing of more than 1,000 prisoners who are accused of brutally murdering hundreds of innocent people inside Israel simply for being Israeli or Jewish has forced the families of the victims to relive the nightmare and cope with the fact that their loved ones’ killers are now free from justice.

Media misrepresents massacre in Israel

(03/31/11 4:00am)

With the horrific event of the Itamar massacre two weeks ago, one would reasonably think that such a crime of immense brutality and cold ruthlessness would be treated with humanity and the utmost consideration. Perhaps the biggest outrage is the media's lack of outrage and compassion for the untimely deaths of an innocent Jewish family. On the contrary, what little coverage the media has given this tragedy has been within the context of the debate over Jewish settlements and the alleged problems they cause in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. The New York Times reported on the tragedy under the headline, "Suspecting Palestinians, Israeli Military Hunts for Killers of Five West Bank Settlers."