New York Times’ Lame “Correction” of Piece on Terrorist-Loving Reems Bakery

Last week I posted about a New York Times puff piece on Reemsthe bakery with a mural of terrorist Rasmea Odeh. The piece entitled An Arab Bakery in Oakland Full of California Love mentioned Odeh as merely a “controversial activist”, and spent most of the time talking about how great Reems and its owner Reem Assil are, while empathizing with her in the face of poor Yelp Reviews and accusations of glorifying terrorism (which she most certainly does).

Following my post, the New York Times corrected the piece.


An earlier version of this article lacked context about the Palestinian activist Rasmeah Odeh, the subject of a mural inside Reem’s. That has been added.

Here is exactly what was added:

(In 1970, Ms. Odeh was convicted by Israeli courts for her role in the murder of two students. In 2014, she was convicted of immigration fraud in U.S. federal court and deported to Jordan in 2017.)

And that’s it. Despite adding her terrorist conviction, the piece still carries the same title An Arab Bakery in Oakland Full of California Love, still focuses on the greatness of Reem Assil and her bakery, and empathizes with her in the face of poor Yelp Reviews and terror glorification accusations.

In other words, the New York Times are saying “Yes, she was involved in the murder of two students. So what?”


David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media

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