This revision is far from ideal, as the correct course of action would have been to delete the misleading image entirely. Nonetheless, it’s still an improvement in that it no longer claims that Palestinian celebrations of the terror attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people represents “fake news”.
Much like the maps recently being paraded by Palestinian leaders purporting to show how much of “Palestine” their leaders have been willing to compromise, Private Eye has peddled a historical fiction, obfuscating the simple fact that there has never been – at any time in history – a sovereign Palestinian state.
The political premise of the recent UN blacklist of companies doing business in the West Bank, which represents conventional wisdom in the mainstream media, is that Israeli ‘settlements’ represent the biggest obstacle to peace. Yet, this conclusion regarding the ‘root cause’ of the conflict simply doesn’t hold up to critical scrutiny.
To mark Independent Arabia’s first anniversary, we’re presenting six of the headlines their editorial staff found worthy of publishing (under The Independent’s logo) during the past year.
Like other cases we’ve carefully documented before, this one also shows how Sky News and The Independent do not hold their Arabic-speaking subsidiaries to serious journalistic standards, certainly not those the English outlets presumably adhere. Noteworthy is the fact that both outlets have publicly declared they would do so.
Though there is serious disagreement about whether Zwaiter was directly involved in the Munich attack itself, his connection to Fatah/PLO, and his involvement in helping to plot terror attacks more broadly, isn’t debatable.
Either way, the claim that he was assassinated merely “for being Palestinian” is a flat-out lie.
Here’s the latest installment in our ongoing series of posts documenting #BDS fails.
Independent Arabia’s Gaza Strip correspondent ‘Izz ad-Deen Abu-‘Eisheh continues his series of interviews with Palestinian “experts” who level absurd claims about Israeli, Jewish and Zionist affairs – allegations that aren’t challenged by […]
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.
We argued that the omission of such information represents a significantly distortion of events that took place that day, an incident which some suggested was a pre-planned provocation, not by Israel, but by the French President, designed to evoke Chirac’s 1996 incident and, thus, project an image of assertiveness.
Whilst such footage should never be used to vilify Muslims as a whole, the Guardian’s suggestion that Palestinians never in fact celebrated the murder of nearly 3,000 innocent people by al-Qaeda terrorists is clearly a lie.
We’re not arguing that peace isn’t possible, nor that, over time, such regressive Palestinian views couldn’t change. But, the polling does clearly indicate – at least to those who genuinely care about “what Palestinians think” – that Palestinian attitudes, as they exist today, represent a major impediment to a peaceful solution to the conflict.
An official editorial in the Observer (sister publication of the Guardian) on Brexit, “The Observer view on leaving the European Union”, Feb. 2, included the following paragraph: In the coming months, Britain […]
By presenting the map held by Abbas in the photo, with the caption “maps of historical Palestine”, the Daily Mail is promoting Palestinian propaganda, and legitimising an outrageous historical lie.
If Guardian editors are not, as we argue, guilty of the bigotry of low expectations, and do impute moral agency to Palestinians, then we’d love it if they attempted to prove us wrong by publishing an editorial on what Palestinian leaders can do to promote peace in the Middle East.
Whatever one’s views on Trump’s plan, the failure of media outlets like ITV to provide news consumers with some basic facts on the history of Palestinian leaders’ rejectionism denies them the important context they need to fully understand the PA’s reaction.
If we were to conceive of the Private Eye article as a person, we’d be forced to say that he didn’t have a honest bone in his body.
As journalists cover Holocaust commemoration events today in Jerusalem, the lofty rhetoric by world leaders, diplomats and intellectuals evoking the idea ‘never again’ – the moral imperative to never again allow Jew hatred to go unchallenged because we know now where this leads – will ring hollow if the principle of anti-antisemitism is not applied universally.
We’re back in the Axis of Evil! Back in our rightful place as World Badass Numero Uno!
Guardian readers should – but, of course, won’t – take note: For Saeb Erekat, words and lofty, progressive rhetoric don’t have objective meanings. They mean ‘just what he chooses them to mean, neither more nor less’.