Subject: Has Barghouti deserved your good PR service?
Date: Thursday, May 27, 2004 1:06 AM
To: Ha'aretz Letter Editor
Has Barghouti deserved your good PR service?
In Haaretz of May 21, you reported that that Barghouti had been found guilty of 5 murders by a panel of three judges. In tens of additional murders he was involved as leader of a terror organization. Yet none of these proven crimes seem to deter Ha'aretz from treating him as a hero, with a large smiling front page, picture in victory pose. At first I thought this was simply a mistaken choice of photo, but the prominent title: "Jail was a good carrier move for Marwan" convinced me that the choice was intentional.
"Good" Should a mass murderer's possible future success be called "good"? And, one may ask, why you call him "Marwan"? Is he a family member to the editor? Or a popular hero in Israel, like 'Arik'?
The excellent PR service you provide to Barghouti is unworthy of a newspaper which claims to provide unbalanced journalism and I ask you to do a rethink and a revised article about this criminal. Alternatively please explain to your readers, and to victims of Barghouti, why in your eyes is this murderer a sympathic hero.