Saturday, November 20, 2004

The previous posting appeared already two days ago on my blog, I reposted it because it was published in this weekend's International Herald Tribune. The first line was deleted for obvious reasons by the editor's ( they knew it was their responsibility to check whether Mr Shamir - sheyizkeh lehayim arukim - was dead or alive ). In today's IHT there was also a very good letter from a reader in Haifa, who expresses something that I have thought many times before:
Call it what it is
How dare you publish a photo caption using the word "executed" to describe what happened to Margaret Hassan, an Iraqi aid worker? "Execution" carries the connotation of a process of law. The savage beheadings in Iraq, whether of Hassan or of other unfortunate men and women, have nothing of legal about them. They are murder, pure and simple. The choice of a word carries enormous weight, whether it is calling a terrorist a "militant" or calling the beheading of an innocent person an "execution."
Zelda Dvoretzky, Haifa, Israel

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