By Alison Weir
On February 24th, theÂ Washington PostÂ reportedÂ that a âflare upâ of violence in Israel-Palestine âfollowed weeks of relative quiet.â This statement ignores massive Israeli violence against Palestinians. The following is a partial list of Israeli actions against Palestinians during the previous three and a half weeks:
(For details on the above incidents goÂ here.Â For information on additional actions that took place during this time goÂ here.Â For a Timeline of Israelis and Palestinians killed in the conflict goÂ here.)
Ruth Eglash, lead author of theÂ Washington PostÂ report that ignored the above events, moved to Israel 20 years ago, became an Israeli citizen, and was an editor of a right-wing Israeli newspaper for 10 years before moving to theÂ Post.
She has been a featured speaker at events by pro-Israel organizations in the U.S. andÂ used to be listedÂ on the speakersâ bureau of theÂ Jewish National Fund (JNF), known forÂ taking over Palestinian landÂ forÂ Israel. (Her listing by the JNF has since been removed from the Internet.)
Shortly before joining theÂ Post, Eglash hadÂ servedÂ on a panel entitled âTelling Israelâs Story,â alongside an Israeli army spokesperson. The panel was chaired by a former advisor to the Israeli government.
According to theÂ Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle, EglashÂ lives inÂ a âspacious home in Mevessert Zion,â which is one of the wealthiest enclaves in the area. It was built in the 1950s on top of the destroyedÂ Palestinian villagesÂ ofÂ Al QastalÂ andÂ Qalunya, which had been ethnically cleansed by Israeli forces. Some parts of the town areÂ in the West Bank, making the residentsÂ settlers. Settlements are illegal under international law.
Eglashâs husband, also an Israeli citizen, is originally from Milwaukee, where he âlived and breathed Israelâ as a student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He started and continues to head a PR firm called âUpstartâ that markets Israel to the US.
Media watchdog organization Fairness and Accuracy In Media (FAIR)Â reports: âUpstartâs clients include the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Tourism, the Jewish Agency for Israel and the World Zionist Organization. Other clients, like Hillel and Birthright for Israel, are active in promoting a pro-Israel message on college campuses.â
FAIR states that theÂ WashingtonÂ PostÂ seems to be violating its own ethics conflict of interest code by employing a reporter âwhose spouse works for an Israeli government-linked public relations firm.â
The Editor of theÂ PostÂ is Martin Baron, whose parents immigrated to the U.S.Â from Israel. Baron says he has visited Israel often, where he has family connections. Baron sometimesÂ gives talksÂ on Israel.
(According to Israeli law, individuals who are born to a parent who is an Israeli citizen automatically are Israeli citizens themselves. It is unknown whether this is the case for Baron.)
A member of the Israel lobby onceÂ divulgedÂ to an undercover reporter that it was easy for the lobby to get stories onto the front page of theÂ Washington Post.
Alison Weir is executive director ofÂ If Americans Knew, president of theÂ Council for the National Interest, and author ofÂ Against Our Better Judgment: The Hidden History of How the U.S. Was Used to Create Israel.