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Daily Mail: ‘extreme right’ Baruch Marzel vs ‘firebrand’ Haneen Zoabi


CAMERA recently commented on a Haaretz op-ed about a decision by the Central Elections Committee to disqualify MK Haneen Zoabi and Baruch Marzel from the March 17 Israeli elections.

CAMERA focused on the following sentence:

The Central Elections Committee on Thursday disqualified a Jewish far-right extremist and an outspoken Arab lawmaker from running in the March election.

By what criteria, CAMERA asked, did Haaretz determine that Zoabi is merely ‘outspoken’ (which has a positive connotation), while Marzel is an “extremist”?

Though it seems accurate to characterize Marzel (a former member of the outlawed Kach party) as an extremist, it appears equally fair to describe Zoabi, (who said that the kidnappers of three Israeli teens last summer were NOT terrorists, and participated in the 2010 terrorist affiliated flotilla) in the same manner.

Well, since the Haaretz editorial was published, the Israeli Supreme Court overruled the Central Election Committee ruling which disqualified Marzel and Zoabi – as an AFP/Daily Mail story on Feb. 18 noted.

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Though the headline characterized them both as “right wingers”, the lead sentence followed in the double standards employed by Haaretz:

The Israeli Supreme Court overruled Wednesday a ban on a firebrand Arab-Israeli MP and an extreme right-wing Jewish activist from running in next month’s election, an official said.

Whilst the term “extreme right-wing” naturally conveys very negative connotations, the word “firebrand” is a neutral term to describe someone who gets others riled up for a political cause.

In its application of inconsistent standards in characterizing the two Israelis, the Daily Mail article appears inconsistent with the spirit of the Editors’ Code demand that newspapers clearly distinguish between news and views.

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  1. “By what criteria, CAMERA asked, did Haaretz determine that Zoabi is merely ‘outspoken’ (which has a positive connotation), while Marzel is an “extremist”?”

    There is only one criterion: Haaretz is a pathological Jew-hating and Israel-hating cage-liner.
    I remember when it wasn’t.

  2. Wow advocating for equal rights is extreme right and calling for murder is merely outspoken. George Orwell was right, just wrong on timeline

    • “Police detectives arrested Yishai Marzel, 19-year-old son of nationalist activist Baruch Marzel, in the Kiryat Moshe neighborhood of Jerusalem.

      “The arrest came several hours after Marzel received a restraining order, barring him from the community of Yizhar for six months. The young Marzel was one of twelve people whose homes were raided by security forces early Thursday morning and who received restraining orders by Central Command.”

      http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/151465

  3. Islamofascism
    http://www.english.rfi.fr/europe/20150216-hollande-valls-condemn-anti-semitism-after-jewish-cemetery-vandalism
    Valls on Monday said he “regretted” Netanyahu’s remarks, pointing out that he is “in the middle of an election campaign”.
    While saying that there are no clues yet as to who carried out the cemetery attacnk, he also called on French Muslims to “assume their responsibilities” to combat “Islamofascism”.
    One of the France’s two major Islamic umbrella groups, the CFCM, responded by condemning the “inhuman and revolting profanations” with “the most extreme vigour”.
    Hollande would attend a ceremony to mark the cemetery attack on Tuesday, if the investigation into the vandalism permitted, his office said on Monday.