Mira Bar-Hillel is a journalist for the London Evening Standard (on property and land issues) who’s been a frequent contributor at The Independent on issues pertaining to British Jewry and antisemitism – this despite the fact […]
Here’s the latest installment in our monthly round-up of BDS fails: Economic BDS Fails · Legatum Prosperity Index retains Israel at #38 in the world, just behind Italy · Israel, Jordan launch first […]
The BBC Watch event hosted by Mike Freer MP at Portcullis House on November 9th can be viewed below or here. Readers may be particularly interested to hear Baroness Deech’s views on the […]
You’d be hard pressed to find an example of terror in world – outside of Israel – where mainstream media outlets prioritize the fate of the perpetrators over that of their victims.
Today, CST published its 2014 Antisemitic Incidents Report. The report “examines the use of antisemitic language and images in…politics and media, including social media” and “covers public discussion and debate about antisemitism, including condemnations of […]
On Nov. 24th, we posted about an ITV News segment on the latest Palestinian stabbing attack, We noted that the report failed to explain that the number they cited of Palestinians killed since Oct. 1 includes includes those involved in terror attacks.
Yesterday, we posted about an inaccurate report on the website of Europe’s most watched news channel, EuroNews. The headline and opening passage both erroneously claimed that US Secretary of State John Kerry condemned “violence between Israelis and Palestinians”, when in fact he specificallly condemned Palestinian terror attacks against Israelis.
Echoing the headline, the opening passage of the article claimed that the US Secretary of State denounced the recent “spate of violence between Israelis and Palestinians” as “acts of terrorism” at a press conference in Jerusalem following his meeting with Israel’s prime minister. However, as multiple media reports made clear, Kerry was specifically denouncing “Palestinian” violence, not “violence between Israelis and Palestinians” – a fact noted by my colleague Gidon Shaviv in the following Tweet:
Contrary to the ubiquitous Palestinian propaganda during the latest surge in violence, Israeli security personnel do not shoot Palestinians merely because they have a hunch they may be carrying a weapon. They are shot after they have attacked or attempted to attack Israeli civilians and soldiers.
Palestinian propaganda since the latest wave of terror attacks against Israeli Jews has been conspiratorial in nature, suggesting that innocent Palestinians have been “executed” by police, who then plant knives at the scene to cover up their crimes. Though most mainstream media outlets haven’t accepted this narrative, it is becoming common to see report which give credibility to Palestinian claims that Israeli police and security personnel have been using ‘excessive force’ when responding to such terror attacks.
To those who hate Israel, it will reveal feet of clay. The Guardian regards the film as so useful to its anti-Israeli mandate that it ran reviews on August 39th , October 15th and October 18th to drive home the message (“These soldiers had seen the brutal way conquered civilians were treated by their comrades“).
I’m sure there are many British Muslims who have thought rather less about the rival merits of MEND, iEngage, Quilliam Inspire, Cage and so on than the average Harry’s Place reader. But if it is true that the more liberal organisations are much less respected than the more ‘normative’ outfits – should that stop the editorial writer from at least considering the possibility that the government is correct to draw some red lines over who it deals with?
Does the BBC live up to these claims and to audience expectations? Is an in-house complaints system fit for purpose in 2015 when most other regulatory bodies have outsourced complaints to the independent sector such as an ombudsman, Ofcom, Ofsted? Does the BBC meet its expectation to be accurate and fair, insightful and independent? How does this BBC aim sit alongside a free press, unencumbered by input that is set to frame the notion of what a better citizen might be?
An Indy op-ed by cartoonist Tim Sanders criticizing a recent Daily Mail cartoon published in the aftermath of the ISIS Paris attacks, which depicts fleeing Muslim refugees as rats, correctly argues that the imagery is […]
Sandra White is a Scottish National Party MSP for the Glasgow Kelvin constituency, and is reportedly the most active MSP in lobbying for pro-Palestinian and anti-Israel positions. The SNP was recently forced to […]
Recently I expressed concerns about the methodology of the Yachad poll. My concern was that the 72 ‘seeds’ in the ‘snowball’ category of the sample were mainly recruited by the advisory group of the survey, six of whom (out of ten) are Yachad signatories with three of the rest being left-leaning. The further concern was that this would bias the 496 respondents recruited by the ‘seeds’.
ISIS’s attacks are fueled by a radical, violent and intolerant religious ideology which is impervious to reason, persuasion or self-interest. They certainly don’t desire “peace” and justice in the Middle East. Their goal is quite clear: re-establishing an Islamic Caliphate in the Middle East ruled by Sharia and, ultimately, conquest of the entire world.
Either way, Bell’s cartoon certainly seems to be echoing frequent Palestinian efforts to present themselves as the direct descendents of Jesus and Mary. Unlike the ‘adoration’ for baby Jesus by the kings, Johnson crudely tramples on the sanctity of the virgin birth.
The Guardian’s Jerusalem correspondent, Peter Beaumont, pulled off quite a feat in a Nov. 13th report on ‘violence in the region’: he managed to report on two separate Palestinian terror attacks in […]
The recent Yachad poll was widely covered in the MSM. Particularly cited was the result that 24% of British Jews would be prepared to “support some sanctions against Israel” if this would “encourage the Israeli government to engage in the peace process”
The key way to get a totally biased survey outcome matching the message you really want to put across is this: is feed your respondents a whole set of statements that embody the political views you want to push, and then invite them to agree or disagree.
Journalists increasingly insists that their role is not to report fairly and accurately irrespective of their personal political beliefs, but rather to ‘comfort the afflicted and afflict the powerful’ – in a sense, showing solidarity […]
Cross posted from the blog of David Collier I do tend to write about most of the events that I go to, but walking into a room full of people who do […]
Here’s the latest installment in our monthly series of posts detailing BDS fails Economic Snacks and swimsuits advertise Israel at London tourism fair The Israeli pavilion at the annual World Travel Market […]
On Nov. 8th, the Guardian published an obituary for former Israeli President Yitzchak Navon, who died three days earlier at the age of 94. The obituary, written by Lawrence Jaffe, included three […]
Despite the ubiquity of smart phones, it’s still not every day that a Palestinian terrorist attack is clearly captured on video. This may explain why a clip of a Palestinian woman stabbing […]
A Daily Mirror article written by Siobhan McFadyen about a Palestinian stabbing attack today in Beitar Illit (that was captured on video) included the following opening sentence: Later, however, we’re told something else: So… A Palestinian […]
Studies by groups such as the Community Security Trust and the All-Party Parliamentary Group against Antisemitism following last year’s Gaza conflict highlighted the inescapable connection between media coverage of a war thousands […]
The fact that the British tabloid chose that particular image to illustrate the putative threats faced by British tourists visiting Israel once again demonstrates the willingness of editors to seize upon and exploit even the flimsiest evidence of alleged Israeli villainy.
Yesterday, we posted about a Nov. 4th Times of London review by David Aaronovitch of a new exhibit at the Jewish Museum in London titled Blood: Uniting and Dividing. We paid particular attention to this passage […]
The Nov. 4th edition of Times of London includes a review by David Aaronovitch of a new exhibit at the Jewish Museum in London titled Blood: Uniting and Dividing. Aaronovitch explains that the exhibit explores […]
The reason why such journalists always look for an Israeli root cause when explaining such acts of terror – whether it’s the settlements, “threats” to al-Aqsa, hopelessness, etc. – is that they immediately discount any explanation (no matter how grounded in empirical data) suggesting that attacks have a racist (antisemitic) motive – an ideological orientation which has fed anti-Jewish violence in the region for well over a century.
Most Israelis – even those who don’t support the settlement enterprise – don’t believe that continued construction across the green line (the overwhelming majority of which is located in areas which will likely become part of Israel in any future peace deal) is as important as the answer to one question: What will happen the day after a ‘peace deal’ is signed?
Whether Kaufman is antisemitic or not is barely relevant here. He has said numerous objectionable things before and what goes on in his head is his business. He used to be a relatively important politician who was broadly pro-Israel and pro-Zionist. Now, he is none of those things, but as honorary Father of the House (Parliament’s most veteran MP), his actions cannot be ignored.
On Oct. 28, blogger David Collier broke the story about remarks by Gerald Kaufman MP, at a London event he hosted with the Palestinian Return Centre, which included the charge that “Jewish money” […]
Earlier we posted about a Guardian report which legitimized baseless accusations that Israeli police are planting knives on innocent Palestinians after summarily executing them. Additionally, a new Amnesty International report on Israel buttresses this Palestinian […]
Anyone even somewhat knowledgeable about Palestinian social media and news sites is likely familiar with anti-Israel (and at times antisemitic) conspiracy theories which pass as news. Such faux news often feeds into […]
As some news headlines on the recent Arab terror spree have demonstrated, the media’s capacity to use obfuscatory language to characterize Palestinian terror and extremism is at times quite extraordinary. Not only are […]
CAMERA has been continually updating a popular post on the recent “wave” of headline fails which have “relied on reportorial smoke and mirrors to obscure Palestinian terror attacks and even recast terrorists […]
On Oct. 25, The Sunday Times did what few mainstream British papers would do: they published a story – documented and relentlessly pursued by blogger Elder of Ziyon – about antisemitism and incitement by employees […]
Here’s the full-page ad which appeared in the print edition of today’s Guardian. (The ad was signed by 343 “scholars”, or less than one a quarter of 1% of the roughly 195,000 academics working in […]
CAMERA and BBC Watch are delighted to invite readers to two events which we will be hosting next month in the UK. On November 10th, at 19:30 at a venue in north […]
“The Arabs were Germany’s natural friends because they had the same enemies as had Germany, namely the English, the Jews, and the Communists.” – Haj Amin al-Husseini (1941) In contextualizing UK media coverage […]
The Guardian’s former Jerusalem correspondent Harriet Sherwood penned an article (Star authors call for Israeli-Palestinian dialogue rather than boycotts, Oct. 22) about an anti-BDS letter in the Guardian published the previous day […]
As we pointed out in our communication with Indy editors, the Temple Mount is not “officially in Palestinian territory”. Rather, it’s under the administrative control of the Jordanian Islamic Waqf, and under Israeli security control. Jews are allowed to visit but not pray there.
We demonstrated in our post that Arab terrorists have in fact been targeting Jews, not ‘merely’ “settlers’. After complaining to Times of London editors, they agreed to issue the following correction.
So if you think that Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and Fatah are not disciples of the mufti’s values then you need to be offended by Netanyahu’s efforts to link the Nazis to the Palestinian cause. Of course, you also need to keep your eyes tightly closed.
A Guardian article (Netanyahu under fire for Palestinian grand mufti Hitler claim, Oct. 21) by their Jerusalem correspondent Peter Beaumont reports on the row involving a claim made by Israel’s prime minister […]