Though we don’t know what motivated Pfeffer’s characterisation of Joint List as “left-wing”, at many media outlets there seems to be an instinctual belief that since the party represents and putatively defends the rights of Israel’s Arab minority, they must, by definition, be on the left side of the political divide – a variation of the same halo effect that inspires uncritical coverage of politically regressive, but pro-Palestinian, political movements in the West.
The Palestinian man wasn’t, as The Times claimed, merely “described as a militant”. As multiple media outlets make clear, the Palestinian man, Ahmed al-Qanba, was a “convicted” terrorist – a member of the cell that murdered Rabbi Raziel Shevah in Havat Gilad in 2018.
The Times article fails to note precisely why nearly 80,000 Jews left: the government’s imprisonment, torture and expulsion of Jews, anti-Jewish violence and other anti-Jewish policies that made it impossible for Jews to stay.
Here are the endorsements by major British media outlets for tomorrow’s general election, and what they wrote about antisemitism in their editorials. The Guardian: Endorsement: Labour On antisemitism: [Corbyn’s] obdurate handling of […]
Of course, beyond ‘merely’ his hatred of Israel, the overwhelming majority of British Jews (87%) believe that Corbyn is personally antisemitic, which renders Rifkind’s suggestion, towards the end of her op-ed, that it’s the responsibility of the Jewish community to reach out to and reconcile with Labour a moral inversion of the highest order.
The original article included the wild and completely unsubstantiated claim that, upon invading Lebanon in 1982, the IDF rounded up “all males” as young as 9 years old.
In comparisons to other British media outlets, The Times is normally one of the more reasonable and thoughtful news outlets in their coverage of the Israel-Palestinian issue and antisemitism in the UK, a fact that makes their glorification of a pro-violence, antisemitic teen especially perplexing.
The revised article now asserts only that Jews entered the larger Temple Mount/Al-Aqsa compound, which they are legally permitted to do, as the Temple Mount is Judaism’s holiest site.
Though a column in Times of London by Janice Turner (Let’s break free of this age of intransigence, April 28) included two sentences about Israel, nearly every word is misleading or false.
Our pinned tweet highlights the fact that Times of London – though one of the fairer British media outlets – continues to erroneously suggest that Tel Aviv is Israel’s capital.
We sent a complaint to Times of London editors arguing that whilst it’s perfectly fair to note that a significant minority of the residents of the Australian voting district are Jewish, their reference to the wealth of the Jewish residents seemed gratuitous and, though unintended, evoked toxic tropes about the influence of ‘Jewish money’ on democratic politics.
For 2nd time in 3 weeks, Times of London, Telegraph and Indy ignore deadly Palestinian terror attack
The journalistic axiom ‘if it bleeds it leads’ isn’t entirely true when it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, where selective concern for the suffering of one side is the norm – indicative of a broader pattern of double standards which continues to compromise British media coverage of the region.
A Times of London list of failed Israeli-Palestinian peace effortsstrangely omitted Ehud Olmert’s widely reported far reaching peace offer to the Palestinians in 2008 which was rejected by Mahmoud Abbas – a story which was actually covered by Times of London in 2009. Following communication with editors, they agreed to add a new paragraph with information on the 2008 offer.
Times of London omits Olmert’s 2008 peace plan (rejected by Abbas) in their list of “failed peace efforts”.
An article in The Times included, as a bit of historical context on the new US peace plan, a list of “Failed Peace Attempts” going back to 1919. However, the list curiously omits two historically significant peace efforts – in 1947 and 2008:
Times of London improves article, but smear that IDF uses “expanding bullets” (against kids) remains
A June 28th article at Times of London once again demonstrates the media’s frequent failure to challenge incendiary and unsubstantiated accusations against Israel by Palestinians or pro-Palestinian campaigners. The article included a quote by Irish senator David Norris charging that the Israeli army used expanding bullets (aka “Dumb-dumb bullets”) when firing at “children” during Gaza border riots.
Following our communication with editors at Times of London, the article was amended, and new language was added noting that the proposed amendment – which they initially claimed was approved and had amended Israel’s Basic Law – was withdrawn.
UKMW prompts Times of London correction to claim 1st Hamas suicide bombing was retaliation for Cave of Patriarchs massacre.
Last week, following communication with UK Media Watch, Times of London editors corrected a false claim, in an article by David Aaronovitch, that the first Hamas suicide bombing was an act of retaliation in response to Baruch Goldstein’s massacre of 29 Muslim worshipers in 1994.
Following communication with UK Media Watch, Times of London corrected a story from that day which erroneously claimed that Syrian air defences responded to an Israeli missile attack over Homs that targeted Shayrat airbase. As we noted in our post that day, it turned out that a false alarm led to Syrian air defense missiles being fired overnight and there was no fresh attack on Syria of any sort.
Though accusations regarding “fake news” are used way too often these days, the Times of London report on an “Israeli attack” last night over Homs in Syria clearly deserves to be labeled as such.
UKMW prompts Times of London correction to claim E. Jerusalem Palestinians have ‘no political rights’.
An article in the Sunday Times on US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital included the false claim that east Jerusalem Palestinians, who are permanent residents but not citizens, have “no political rights”. After communication with UKMW, editors agreed to amend the passage to reflect the fact that east Jerusalem Palestinians have the right to vote in local elections and to run for city council.