Friday, June 13, 2008

NY Times jumps into the work-accident euphemism game: "Disputed Blast in Gaza Kills 5"

The mighty New York Times has now joined Palestinian news agencies such as Maan and Ramattan (pioneers of such phrases as "vague blast" and "mysterious explosion") in extending the boundaries of journalistic discourse. Here's where they present the case:
A spokesman for the Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, said later that the group would carry out an investigation, a tacit acknowledgment that the blast could have been caused by explosives being handled by militants in the house.

In a speech on Thursday evening for the anniversary of Hamas’s takeover of Gaza, the Hamas leader there, Ismail Haniya, made no mention of the explosion in Beit Lahiya, strengthening the supposition that it was an internal affair.
The BBC indentifies the owner of the house as "senior Hamas bomb-maker Ahmed Hamouda." Hmm, that's suggestive. According to IMRA, quoting what they identify as "#1 Arabic website Ezzedeen Al-Qassam Brigades," the paradise-inductees were "martyred as they put the final touches on their way to carry out the task of Jihad." There doesn't seem to be a great deal of doubt in this case. See EOZ for more. And see Soccer Dad.

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