An article at the Independent by their Mid-East correspondent Bel Trew yesterday shortly after hostilities between Islamic Jihad and Israel commenced yesterday morning was relatively balanced – at least by Indy standards. However, today’s piece on the conflict contains two significant errors.
The implicit argument that the religious background alone of David Friedman and Jared Kushner renders them biased, and may help explain US policy, is a toxic and racist charge that should have no place in mainstream British publications.
What do Tibetans, Kurds & Uighurs have in common? All are marginalised by media’s Palestine fixation
A recent op-ed by The Independent’s Mid-East correspondent has the air of an expose on the tragic plight of an obscure tribe in some under-covered part of the globe. But, in fact, quite the opposite is true. As we’ve documented continually, the Palestinians are the source a grossly disproportionate coverage by foreign journalists.
The bottom line is that there is literally no real evidence to support The Independent’s assertion that Israel’s wars with Hamas were launched for the purpose of improving the governing party’s electoral results.
An op-ed by the Independent’s Mid-East correspondent on the electoral hopes of Benny Gantz expresses skepticism that the former IDF Chief-of-Staff truly holds a more centrist view on the Palestinian issue – and, in so doing, falsely accuses him of “glorifying” the deaths of Palestinian civilians.
An article at the Independent, by their Mid-East correspondent Bel Trew, charged that Israeli racism against Arabs was reaching “unprecedented levels”. Yet, the article is full of distortions and half-truths – and devoid of any semblance of balance or objectivity.
Palestinians, it seems, are not quite the peace and social justice warriors of media lore. They are arguably ‘far-right’, and certainly far from ‘woke’.
Regardless of whether Netanyahu’s comparison between Hamas and ISIS is accurate, the point is that Hamas – like other Islamist extremist movements – can not be placated in the long-term by Western political concessions. The antisemitic extremist group’s fundamental grievance isn’t an economic one, but, rather, the continued existence of a Jewish state – and no journalist covering the region can possibly report accurately on the conflict if they fail to comprehend this most basic truth.
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.
The “both sides blame each other” phrasing used by the Indy Middle East correspondent is one in a long list of tropes and cliches employed by journalists to avoid reaching the morally intuitive conclusion that the violent extremist group that controls Gaza is more interested in stoking conflict than the Jewish democracy they’re trying to destroy.