Finland’s Helsingin Sanomat though decided not to, but they did choose to publicize the role of a Palestinian student Jamal Al-Barghouti who took a phone (Nokia) video of police running around. Al-Barghouti didn’t save anyone, but did take the opportunity to use the tragic situation for his own purposes by comparing the shooting on the Virginia Tech campus to the West Bank.
I know where the HS’s loyalties (lie), so it doesn’t come as a surprise, besides, the majority of the Finnish press behaved in the same way. To be fair, if any of the TT’s Finnish readers have an example of the Finnish media reporting on the Israeli hero, Liviu Liberscu, please send it my way, I’ll publish it. *L* KGS
Tundraman informs me on why the Finnish media treated Librescu as a persona non grata, and refused to not see the newsworthy angle of a Holocaust survivor dying on the memorial day for the Shoah:
Tundraman: I have seen somewhere (in HS?) a report on the Holocaust remembrance day held in Israel, saying that EU has set another date for this day but that Israel wanted to keep this one because it is closer to their independence they and they want to remind of the connection between the two! So according to the Finnish media at least the remembrance day was Israeli, even if Librescu is not…
Al Avai adds: Total mistake, day was set due to Warsaw ghetto uprising.
Tundraman: Now THAT would have needed a correction, of course, but i remember vaguely that when the date was discussed at EU, the side advocating for this particular date lost (I don’t remember why), yet Israel kept it, and this is of course what HS (I think it was HS) capitalized on in their explanation for the reason for the discrepancy
Update: I spotted this in the the Finnish tabloidIltalehti
So here is at least one Finnish paper that spotted the news worthy story, unlike the biased Finnish flagship newspaper in Helsinki, the Helsingin Sanomat. Kudos to both Gerkman and the Iltalehti. *L* KGS