Irish Times fawns over mother of an Arab who murdered a Holocaust survivor

In our July 29 post, What does the mother of a pre-Oslo monster look like?‘, we focused on a story in The Independent about Israel’s decision to release 104 Palestinians prisoners – inmates, convicted before Oslo, largely consisting of terrorists who murdered or attempted to murder Israelis.  The Indy piece was illustrated with a compassionate photo of the mother of Ateya Abu Moussa, one of the Palestinians who may be released.


Here’s the caption:

The mother of Palestinian Ateya Abu Moussa, who has been held prisoner by Israel for 20 years, hugs her grandson upon hearing the news that her son may soon be released.

Ateya Abu Moussa, as we noted in our post, was convicted of murdering Isaac Rotenberg with an axe in 1994. The terrorist attack on Rotenberg was carried out by Abu Moussa and an accomplice as a precondition (an initiations of sorts) of their entry into a terrorist organization – information evidently not deemed interesting by Indy editors.

Additionally, we recently noticed that the following Irish Times’ story, also focusing on the renewed Israeli-Palestinian negotiations and the issue of the prisoner release, similarly included a photo of Abu Moussa’s mother to illustrate the story:


Here’s the caption:

The mother (R) of Palestinian Ateya Abu Moussa, who has been held prisoner by Israel for 20 years, reacts as she is hugged by her sister after hearing news on the possible release of her son. Abu Moussa was expected to be among more than 100 Arab prisoners to be released as a step to renew stalled peace talks with the Palestinians in Washington today. Photograph: Reuters

As we noted, Rotenberg was a Polish Jew, born in 1925 (alternately listed as 1927), who survived the Sobibor Nazi extermination camp during the Holocaust. (With the exception of Isaac, who miraculously was able to escape during a revolt, the entire Rotenberg family perished in the camp.) 

Rotenberg reached the Land of Israel in 1947, joined the IDF a year later and fought in the War of Independence. 

Isaac Rotenberg

He was survived by his wife Riva, and his two children, Tzipora and Pinhas.

Neither the Irish Times nor the Indy saw fit to mention that the son of the woman depicted in their stories brutally murdered a Holocaust survivor.  In both stories, the emotional reaction of the perpetrator’s mother is emphasized, while the victim and his family are callously ignored.

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