Guardian and Independent parrot Hamas talking points on “Great Return March”.

Hamas’s staged, six-week long provocation on Israel’s border titled the “Great Return March” which began on March 30th took months of planning and siphoned off an estimated $10 million from government coffers, funds that of course could have been spent on infrastructure and other projects to relieve the suffering of the enclave’s population.  

But, actually, if you look at it another way, $10 million is a bargain if you factor in how much more the government would have had to cough up for public relations if they weren’t confident that the Western media would parrot the terrorist group’s talking points.  

The fact that 10 out of the 16 Palestinians killed since Friday have been verified by the IDF as members of terrorist groups, or that the border protests have included the throwing of Molotov cocktails, the planting of IEDs and – in at least two cases – shots fired at Israeli forces hasn’t hampered the desired media narrative: a ‘disproportionate’ Israeli response to ‘peaceful’ Palestinian protesters.


Here are just a few examples that we tweeted today in response to articles published at the Guardian and Independent.

“773” Palestinians shot with live ammo: Hazem Balousha and Oliver Holmes at The Guardian

Hamas’s “peaceful protest”: Hazem Balousha and Oliver Holmes at The Guardian

Palestinian shot whilst picking parsley: Simon Tisdall at The Guardian

Violent protest morphs into a civil rights-style “sit in”: Clark Mindock at The Independent

Parroting Hamas’s language: Sara Helm at The Independent

Here are a few other errors we flagged today:

Number of terrorists killed: Anshel Pfeffer and Louise Callaghan at Times of London

Number of terrorists killed: Alex Mathew-King at The Independent

Palestinian ‘refugee’ claim: Raf Sanchez at The Telegraph:

Hamas-led provocation characterised as a “sit-in”: Sky News

We’ve lodged complaints regarding several of these misleading or inaccurate claims and will update this post when we receive replies or secure corrections. 

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  1. The only proportionate Israeli response for The Guardian of Propaganda and The Independent of Truth is for Israeli soldiers to shoot themselves.

  2. What will newspapers like the Guardian say if the UK was ever to become an Islamic state? Oh, now let me see…..I know, people working for these papers would have been be-headed and wouldn’t be able to report on anything.

  3. They are cooperating with Hamas so they are directly responsible for the expected future victims too.

  4. It’s the same low quality of reportage that requires forcing a narrative over uncooperative facts. A recent example occurred with President Trump’s declaration of US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, in conformance with a decades old US law. The media and pundits expected an eruption of Arab violence. Although the response was in fact very muted, for the first few days, the media was on the lookout for anything and attempted to magnify every small protest through tight photos and filming. When that ultimately failed, the media never acknowledged their mistake but simply moved on to the next story while continuing to criticize the US decision.

  5. At least in totalitarian societies there is an excuse. In the British and other western media the smears and demonization are voluntary and signifies a degradation of western standards of objectivity and fairness in favor of rank and lazy conspiratorial thinking and a return of antisemitism,

  6. Accusing Jews as a people of being responsible for real or imagined wrongdoing committed by a single Jewish person or group, or even for acts committed by non-Jews.

    That is the working definition of anti-Semitism.

  7. WOW, I just had a read of Sarah Helms Twitter @SarahHelm1 , she smears for The “Independent”, she makes no bones about who she is for, even RT’s JVP and much Gaza Twitter. Total fruit cake. If you want proof of a activist-“journalist”, there you have it. At least she does not pretend anymore.