The repeated media lie that ‘Tel Aviv is Israel’s capital’ represents a broader UK media pattern of what we call ‘advocacy journalism’: the belief held by many reporters that they have a moral duty (in the spirit of ‘comforting the afflicted and afflicting the powerful’) to advocate on behalf of Palestinians and give credence to their narrative, a duty which transcends their ethical responsibilities as professional journalists to be objective and tell the truth.
Would the Daily Mail ever describe an attack in London by black men on a Jewish man as a ‘black attack’ or highlight the attacker’s skin colour in the headline? Unless there’s recently been a spate of such acts of violence in London by orthodox Jews, we fail to see why the religion of these alleged attackers is pertinent to the story at all.
Once again, a British publication has told news consumers Tel Aviv is the capital of Israel, and, once again, UK Media Watch has prompted a correction to this false claim. The most recent example involves a Daily Mail article in the Nov. 7th print edition about the Priti Patel row.
Following our complaints to Daily Mail editors, we received a reply from the journalist who wrote the piece, apologising for using the word “tentacles” to describe the influence of a pro-Israel group in the UK. He explained that he was unfamiliar with its antisemitic associations and informed us that the word would be removed from the op-ed.
Here are recent corrections prompted by UKMW to articles at the Guardian, Daily Mail and Independent.
Whilst nobody familiar with Banksy would be surprised by his use of imagery associated with classic antisemitism, it’s troubling that journalists who pride themselves on critically scrutinising every Israeli claim didn’t challenge the pro-Palestinian artist when he floated the risible claim that his latest project was benignly designed to promote dialogue.
The White House expressed the view that the overwhelming majority of settlement construction is not an impediment to peace. However, most UK media reports on the announcement instead focused on the muted condemnation of new settlements and construction beyond existing settlement boundaries.
Al Jazeera on Sunday published “bombshell footage” covertly filmed in a West London restaurant involving Shai Masot, a political officer at the Israeli embassy, and Maria Strizzola, a civil servant and former aide […]
The Guardian, The Sun, The Telegraph, The Spectator, the Evening Standard and the Daily Mail all reported on Jeremy Corbyn’s controversial appointment of Jayne Fisher, a former Sinn Fein staffer who worked for Gerry […]
By uncritically repeating such toxic canards, and fail to make a serious effort to separate facts from anti-Zionist fiction, the Indy may increasingly be viewed by many within the British Jewish community as something akin to a purveyor of fake news about the Jewish state.
Mazzig and Jewish attendees were repeatedly intimidated and harassed and eventually had to be evacuated by police. The incident prompted a chorus of criticism from MPs and Jewish organizations, which led to an announcement by the university that an official investigation would be launched. UK news outlets reporting the incident include the Times of London, the Telegraph, the Daily Mail, the Independent, the Express, the Evening Standard, Channel 4 News and LBC. Yet, the ‘anti-racism’ campaigners at the Guardian have thus far completely ignored the story.
As Israellycool and Yair Rosenberg reported, an internet myth was reported as news by the tabloids Page Six and Daily Mail on Sept. 26th regarding the reception received by Israel’s prime minister. Both publications claimed that Netanyahu was booed as he and his wife took their seats for a performance of “Hamilton” on Saturday night at Richard Rodgers Theatre in NYC.
First, the characterization of the Jews who visited the site as “radical” (without quotes) seems to be uncritically accepting the Jordanian statement as detailed in the 5th and 6th paragraphs. Also, to describe the Jerusalem site as an “Islamic holy site” in the headline is also extremely misleading. As the article eventually makes clear, the Temple Mount is said to be the third holiest site in Islam, but is also the holiest Jewish site in the world. The Jews weren’t visiting a Islamic holy site. They were visiting a Jewish holy site.
The headline not only obfuscates the racism and intolerance at the heart of the row, but uses neutral language (“competes” for the bus) which obscures the fact that this was a shared bus with enough room for both Israeli and Lebanese athletes. The word “compete” makes it sound as if there was only enough room for one team, and both parties were trying to gain exclusive access.
On July 20th, CAMERA posted on a story by Agence France Presse (AFP), about new Israeli legislation to allow for the ouster of members of Knesset accused of racial incitement, which included […]
The first sign the Daily Mail decided, despite conflicting claims and a dearth of evidence, to immediately pronounce Israel guilty of murdering a 12-year-old Palestinian boy is in the sensational headline: Note […]
On June 7th, we posted on the following photo caption from a June 6th Daily Mail article about the ‘radical’ British graffiti artist known as Bansky: We complained to Daily Mail editors, arguing that characterizing […]
Shortly after news of deadly ISIS terror attacks in Brussels on Tuesday, Gregg Carlstrom (who reports for Times of London) tweeted this, expressing outrage at comments by an Israeli MK. One of […]
Our colleague Tamar Sternthal recently reported the following: One year ago, when HaMevaser, an ultra-Orthodox newspaper in Israel not well-known outside that community, altered a page-three photograph to eliminate Chancellor Angela Merkel of […]
Richard Millett’s first hand account of violence by pro-Palestinian activists at an LSE Israel Society talk at Kings College featuring former Israeli Shin Bet chief Ami Ayalon – cross posted here – not only went viral, but […]