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The NYT investigation proves that we must seek justice for Razan Al-Najjar

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US President Donald Trump is a purveyor of fake news and a man who enjoys a long distance relationship with the truth; he hates the New York Times. Regarded as America’s most respected newspaper, the NYT takes news gathering seriously and when it fell short of its own standards over the coverage of the war in Iraq and the hype around weapons of mass destruction, it went on to apologise to its readers.

That unprecedented move came after a forensic investigation in which the NYT “shone the bright light of hindsight” on the briefings given by US and allied intelligence agencies ahead of the war on the existence of WMD. More importantly, the newspaper then turned that same light on itself and its own coverage before making the apology.

The investigation reinforced the opinion of Tacitus, a celebrated Roman orator and politician, and probably the greatest historian of his time: “Truth is confirmed by inspection and delay; falsehood by haste and uncertainty.” As such, it is only natural that when the NYT, which has won more Pulitzer Prizes than any other news organisation, launched another painstaking investigation, people would sit up and take notice.

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It will take opinion formers and governments a few days to digest the forensic investigation by a team of NYT investigative journalists into the death of Palestinian paramedic Razan Al-Najjar on 1 June, 2018, but their conclusion reveals that the Israeli sniper responsible for her death was at best “reckless” or, at worst, guilty of “a war crime”. The Israeli military has launched another internal probe into the killing of the iconic young paramedic from Gaza as a result of the NYT investigation.

Should the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) decide to carry out a similarly deep and penetrating inquiry, it will surely find that its soldiers regularly commit such serious crimes along the nominal border with the Gaza Strip, where peaceful but heroic protests have seen nearly 200 Palestinians shot and killed since the launch of the Great March of Return on 30 March, 2018. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, more than 25,000 other Palestinians have been wounded by Israel’s forces in the intervening months.

The statistics do not include the 50 Palestinians killed in Israeli air strikes or other military action........

© Middle East Monitor