Both the Guardian and the Telegraph failed to note that their previous 2014 reports claimed – as if it was an uncontroversial fact – that Israel was responsible for the attack on the family. Additionally, those original articles have not been amended to reflect this new information suggesting that an errant Hamas rocket was to blame for the tragedy.
The fact that the Adelson funded group does not fund the Stop the Jew Hatred poster campaign isn’t merely a tiny detail in a larger story. It’s pretty much the entire story. Remarkably, the headline and opening passage in the article have not been amended to reflect the Maccabee group’s denial.
One of the benefits of our transition from focusing entirely on the Guardian to monitoring all UK media outlets is that we’re now better able to contextualize Israel related news reports and […]
For the second time in little over a year, the Guardian has managed to portray the radical, regressive anti-Zionist group Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) in a sympathetic light. The latest article, which appeared in the Guardian on Aug. 24th and is titled ‘GOP mega-donor funds group calling pro-Palestine US students ‘Jew haters’, reports on a Sheldon Adelson funded group which targets BDS and which accuses individual pro-Palestinian students of supporting terrorism and promoting antisemitism.
The Guardian’s weapon of choice on Monday against the Jewish state was maps with Petter Hellström, a PhD candidate at the Department of History of Science and Ideas, Uppsala University, claiming, in the Science section, that Google “chose not to mark Palestine on their maps…to stay impartial in the eyes of customers and the surrounding society…their fellow westerners.”
Cross-posted from BBC Watch. Well over 24 hours after the incident took place, a day after colleagues at BBC Arabic published two articles on the story and following the appearance of this […]
By Richard Millett Last week Aditya Chakrabortty interviewed Israeli, or to be more accurate Israeli and Palestinian, conductor Daniel Barenboim for the Classical music section of the Guardian. In his article headlined “Daniel […]
By Richard Millett Henry Barnes, site editor of theguardian.com/film, recently wrote about Anne Frank: Then and Now “starring Palestinian girls reading from the German-born Jew’s diary” which, quoting Deadline.com, Barnes described as a “clandestine […]
Cross-posted from BBC Watch Sky News’ reporter noticed them. So did journalists from the Guardian, the Telegraph, the Daily Mail, the Mirror and numerous other media organisations. In fact, one might well have concluded that only BBC Sport failed […]
Cross-posted from BBC Watch Like many other UK media organisations, the BBC devoted considerable coverage to the story of the conviction of British Islamist extremist Anjem Choudary which broke on August 16th. […]
By Richard Millett If something bad happens to Jews or the Jewish state there are some, inexplicably, in British media or politics who cannot pass up the opportunity to use it against […]
A serious journalist who wished to provide analysis to Economist readers on the recent Olympic scandal involving an Egyptian judoka who refused to shake the hand of his Israeli competitor may have contextualized the incident by noting widespread antisemitism in Egyptian society. Indeed, though Cairo and Jerusalem signed a peace agreement in 1979, and ties between the two countries (on the governmental level) have never been closer, there is little if any sign that Egyptian animosity towards Jews – not just Israelis, but Jews qua Jews – has waned.
First, the characterization of the Jews who visited the site as “radical” (without quotes) seems to be uncritically accepting the Jordanian statement as detailed in the 5th and 6th paragraphs. Also, to describe the Jerusalem site as an “Islamic holy site” in the headline is also extremely misleading. As the article eventually makes clear, the Temple Mount is said to be the third holiest site in Islam, but is also the holiest Jewish site in the world. The Jews weren’t visiting a Islamic holy site. They were visiting a Jewish holy site.
Throughout their pre-state history, Jews inhabited a precarious position, ever exposed to the whims and wishes of rulers and the resentment of the populace. Their trust in G-d as the absolute architect of history allowed them to endure unimaginable indignities, turning inward to concentrate on their own moral excellence. Wisse concludes that “Jews who endured the powerlessness of exile were in danger of mistaking it for a requirement of Jewish life or, worse, for a Jewish ideal.”
Headlines have enormous power in shaping news consumers’ immediate impressions of a news story. While pursuing a print or online newspaper, or browsing news sites on your Twitter feed, the headline chosen by editors not only sets the tone for how the article is framed, but often represents the primary source of information on a given issue for those who either quickly skim the article, or don’t read it at all.
Editors somehow managed to turn a dry legal decision by the state’s independent and widely respected high court into an act of Israeli aggression.
The issue here is that Zionism is seen as the ‘enemy’. The equating of Zionism with Neo-conservative thought, with money, with power. It is the way antisemitism works. Whichever group you are in, wherever you sit on the political map, people around you are blaming the Jews for being the unseen force standing behind the opposition. Jews are the communists, the capitalists, they are the divisive force, the troublemakers. Antisemitism in this sense is a distinct and particularly odious form of racism. It morphs and changes with the times.
This morning, we contacted Guardian editors and argued that the passage falsely suggests that Tel Aviv is Israel’s capital. We noted that, in 2012, the Guardian was forced to acknowledge that it is wrong to state that Tel Aviv is Israel’s capital, and that their style guide was updated to note that – regardless of the international community’s views on the status of the city – Jerusalem is the seat of government.
The headline not only obfuscates the racism and intolerance at the heart of the row, but uses neutral language (“competes” for the bus) which obscures the fact that this was a shared bus with enough room for both Israeli and Lebanese athletes. The word “compete” makes it sound as if there was only enough room for one team, and both parties were trying to gain exclusive access.
Elder of Ziyon noted the disturbing fact that, in his book, Ehrenreich seems genuinely fond of the family of Ahlam Tamimi – the Sbarro massacre mastermind. (This Tuesday will be the 15th anniversary of the deadly attack.) Elder observes “the fact that the Tamimis not only continue to justify the Sbarro attack, but are openly cheering pretty much every terror attack that has been perpetrated over the past year”.
Even by the low standards we’re accustomed to in our continuous monitoring of the British media’s coverage of Israel, the uncritical review of Ben Ehrenreich book, The way to the spring: life and death in Palestine, which appeared in the Aug. 6 print edition of The Telegraph is appalling. Similar to the Economist review of the same book that we posted about last month, the Telegraph reviewer’s shows extraordinary credulousness in the face of Ehrenreich’s Pallywood tale featuring the Tamimis of the West Bank town of Nabi Saleh.
Celebrations over the murder of Jews is common for Fatah and the Palestinian Authority – representing an extremist political culture which the British media almost always ignores.
CST just published its latest Antisemitic Incident Report, and revealed that the first six months of 2016 saw an 11% increase in antisemitic hate incidents in the UK compared to the same period” last year.
The Times of London photo choice is consistent with a curious pattern within the broader British media, whereby reports about Jews – in both Israel and the diaspora – are illustrated with photos depicting Haredim. More relevant to the article in question, it should be stressed that Haredim represent an extremely small percentage of British Jews.
Last evening, we Tweeted a Telegraph journalist to point out an error and omission in a report (by Megan Charles) on an incident last month in which an Israeli Border Police officer allegedly confiscated a Palestinian girl’s bicycle in Hebron.
Moreover, the specific inaccuracy in their report concerning the cause of slow reconstruction serves to advance a broader misleading narrative – suggesting that the militarism of Gaza’s youth is a natural byproduct of the ‘humiliation’ Palestinians feel under Israeli restrictions. Young Palestinians, the argument goes, enthusiastically train to kill Jews not because of Hamas’s extremist indoctrination or endemic societal antisemitism, but because of cruel Israeli policies which incite otherwise peaceful people to pursue jihad.
Shah admirably acknowledges what Jenny Tonge would not: that you can style yourself an anti-racist and genuinely care about the ideals of equality and social justice but, when it comes to Israel, still be drawn towards narratives, rhetoric and tropes associated with classic antisemitism.
The rewriting of history by the Palestinian Authority is nothing new. As Palestinian Media Watch continually documents, the Palestinian denial of 3,000 years of Jewish history, and the invention of a several thousand year old Palestinian history, represents the foundation of their political ideology.
Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki has threatened to sue Britain for issuing the 1917 Balfour Declaration because, he claims that it led to mass Jewish immigration to British Mandate Palestine “at the expense of our Palestinian people.” The Palestinian threat is not as laughable as it sounds. It’s not unexpected either, as part of the current Palestinian strategy to exploit any law and abuse any forum to delegitimise Israel.
So Nicola, are Jews welcome at the Edinburgh festival? Not shadows of Jews, scared to express their identity, looking over their shoulder, worried about what they can and cannot say for fear of persecution. But real Jews, proud, Zionist, Israeli flag waving Jews. Jews that are free to walk in the light. Are they welcome?
Let’s begin by stating what should be obvious: Israel, like all countries, should not of course be immune to criticism. However, those of us who comment on the disproportionate criticism the Jewish […]
On July 20th, CAMERA posted on a story by Agence France Presse (AFP), about new Israeli legislation to allow for the ouster of members of Knesset accused of racial incitement, which included […]
Though Economist editors (and cartoonists) no doubt fancy themselves sophisticated and progressive, and part of an elite group of opinion leaders not prone to voicing “astoundingly stupid” ideas, the textual and graphic depiction of Palestinians in the article parrots the same regressive racism of low expectations which, as much as any other factor, embodies the mindless sloganeering of the radical left.
A Guardian report by Peter Beaumont about new Israeli legislation to allow for the ouster of MKs accused of racial incitement, or supporting terror, included the following background information: Pressure to pass […]
The first sign the Daily Mail decided, despite conflicting claims and a dearth of evidence, to immediately pronounce Israel guilty of murdering a 12-year-old Palestinian boy is in the sensational headline: Note […]
Yesterday, we posted about a Telegraph op-ed by Bryony Gordon (Now they have come for families, July 16) on the Nice terror attack which claimed that the truck-ramming assault that killed at least 84 people (including […]
Yesterday, we posted about a Telegraph op-ed by Bryony Gordon (Now they have come for families, July 16) on the Nice terror attack which erroneously suggested that the truck-ramming assault that claimed at least 84 lives (including 10 children) represented the first time in the West that jihadists targeted children. As we noted, contrary to Gordon’s claim, Nice did not in fact represent a monstrous “first” in the West. In 2012, three Jewish children (ages 3, 6 and 8) and one adult were brutally murdered by a jihadist named Mohammed Merah in an attack on a Jewish school in Toulouse. Following our post, we tweeted Ms. Gordon, asking for a comment.
It’s hard to imagine how, when writing her op-ed, Gordon could have forgotten about the Jewish children targeted in Toulouse, an attack accurately characterized as the “worst antisemitic atrocity on French soil in decades”.
In an Op-Ed in the Israeli Walla news site, Goren and Rom argued that while they did not think BtS was intentionally lying, the organization’s vetting process was “superficial and not strict enough.” In their opinion, BtS would be more credible were it present the soldiers’ accounts as testimonies for the public to debate and raw material for journalists to investigate, as opposed to verified actual events.
Last week we posted about a Guardian article by Donald Macintyre on a confidential report by EU Heads of Mission in Jerusalem which allegedly recommended that the EU should “step up efforts to halt trade” […]
The same Palestinian Authority leadership which continues to incite terror attacks, rewards and honors Palestinians who murder Jewish civilians (including the murderer of a child in Kiryat Arba), had the audacity to express moral outrage over the attack in France.
The Guardian published a story today (July 14th) by Chris Johnston on the appointment, by Britain’s new prime minister, of former London Mayor Boris Johnson as foreign secretary titled ‘Britain’s new foreign […]
Whilst the problem of sexual violence against women in war zone is a serious problem in some parts of the world, what it seems we’re left with in this case is an IDF chief rabbi who denied ever suggesting that soldiers raping Palestinians was justified in a country where such sexual assaults almost never happen.
According to multiple news reports (including AP, Times of Israel and Al Jazeera), of the more than 800 Jerusalem homes recently approved, only 240 are for Jewish neighborhoods – 140 in Ramot and 100 in Har Homa and Pisgat Zeev. The rest (600) are for Palestinians in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Safafa – a fact, of course, which undermines the narrative of the story.
In 2011, we interviewed Jonathan Spyer about the publication of his book The Transforming Fire: the Rise of the Israel-Islamist Conflict. Our first question focused on his contrast between the real Israel and what […]
We’ve often argued that any news organization truly devoted to accurate coverage of the region must provide readers with background on Palestinian antisemitism – one of the major ideological factors driving the […]
The final paragraph of that article tells readers that in 2014, during the conflict between Israel and Hamas, Elie Wiesel accused Israel of committing genocide in the Gaza Strip.
We previously posted about an op-ed by Rachel Shabi published in The Independent which included an extremely misleading claim concerning the position of Israel’s defense minister, Avigdor Lieberman, on the issue of the two-state solution. Here’s the relevant […]
False reports on Israel sometimes turn up in the most unexpected places. Earlier in the week, we received a complaint about an article in a UK-based online sports journal called Inside the […]