Arab newspapers spoke of a ‘massacre’. But western newspapers spoke of ‘killings’

31st May, 2021

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An Israeli border officer points his rifle at a Palestinian man in October 1990 (AFP/Getty)

Anyone who wanted to understand the Gulf yesterday – not just the Arabian Peninsula but the psychological canyon that divides Muslim East from Christian West – had only to read how the world reacted to the slaughter of Palestinians by armed Israeli police in Jerusalem. Arab newspapers spoke of a “massacre” but Western newspapers spoke of “killings” and James Baker, the US Secretary of State, referred to them as a “tragedy” – as if the deaths were caused by some natural disaster such as an earthquake or a flood.

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