Why was Rachel Corrie’s father on the cover of the JTNews?

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Craig Corrie in Gaza in 2012. He is wearing a map on his scarf that eliminates Israel and identifies the Israeli cities of Haifa, Jaffa, Nazareth, Ramle and Lod as being Palestinian.

On September 25th of 2003 Craig Corrie appeared with Yasser Arafat where he opined on the brutality of the Jewish state, In January of 2011 he appeared on the infamous Mavi Marmara in Turkey, together with the head of the terrorist affiliated IHH.  On November 11th of 2012  he  appeared in Hamas ruled Gaza where he promoted the “right” of  five million Palestinians to “return” to pre-1967 Israel, and on March 2nd of 2012 Craig Corrie appeared on the cover of Seattle’s JTNews where he labeled Israel an “Apartheid state” and promoted the boycott, divestment and sanction of Israel.

On March 2nd, 2012  Corrie appeared on the cover of the JTNews where he labeled Israel an Apartheid state and promoted the boycott of Israel.

Craig Corrie, father of the infamous Rachel Corrie and long time anti-Israel activist and Cover Boy of the JTNews.

Craig Corrie, father of the infamous Rachel Corrie,  long time anti-Israel activist and Cover Boy of the JTNews.

Craig and Cindy Corrie in a meeting with PLO leader, Yasser Arafat on March 25th, 2003.

Craig and Cindy Corrie meeting with PLO leader, Yasser Arafat on Sept. 25th, 2003.

The accompanying JTNews article quotes the goals of the boycott sponsors. “The international BDS network calls for boycott until the Israeli government ends its “occupation and colonization of all Arab lands,” dismantles the separation barrier, agrees to Palestinian right of return, and grants equality to Palestinians in Israel.”  But at no time does the JTNews provide context to the BDS demands, which if implemented would mean the end of Israel as a Jewish state. Nor does the JTNews note that when BDS activists refer to ending the “occupation of “all Arab Lands” they are often referring to both the 1948 and post 1967  armistice lines (i.e. all of Israel, as so artfully demonstrated by Mr. Corrie’s scarf).

Perhaps the most egregious omission is the JTNews’ failure to provide the slightest bit of context to the ferocious anti-Israel activism in which Craig Corrie and his wife Cindy engage.

Would it have made a  difference to the JTNews reader if they knew that the man on the cover that endorses the Boycott of the Olympia food co-op has embraced terror leader Yasser Arafat, referred to the Mavi Marmara casualties as “martyrs” and met Hamas leaders in Gaza? 

Ultimately the matter boils down to the role and mission of the JTNews. The JTNews reports, often glowingly, on many issues relating to the local Jewish community. The reportage is conducted in  a tone of support and investment in the  success of our communal organizations. The exception to this  is Israel, where the JTNews takes a neutral stance at best.  Ultimately there appears to be no perceived obligation to provide  real context when it comes to Israel nor does one sense in the JTNews’ an emotional stake in the survival of the Jewish state.  

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