An article in the Independent suggests that Israel denied a travel visa for a 28-year-old Gaza student who was due to begin a masters programme at Goldsmiths, University of London in Oct. However, UK Media Watch contacted a spokesperson at COGAT (Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories), who denied the claim and clarified that the student’s visa was approved for the date requested by the Palestinian Civil Authority.
Indy slams Israel’s ‘continuing’ arming of Burma, but omits fact there’s been no major sales since 2011
The Indy runs a story focusing exclusively on Israeli arms sales to the Myanmar government.
The Indy contextualises the story in a manner suggesting an anti-Muslim racist motive.
The Indy fails to note that these sales represent less than 1% of total international arms sales to Myanmar over the last six years.
The Indy fails to acknowledge that there haven’t been any major Israeli arms sales to Myanmar since 2011.
Tellingly, nowhere in her new article warning of the dangers of Middle East conspiracy theories – published, interestingly, on the 16th anniversary of the September 11th attacks – does the intrepid journalist allude to her own recent ‘fake news’ faux pax of relying on the sage advice of a 9/11 truther.
Editors at The Independent upheld our complaint about two misleading claims in an article focusing on the aftermath of the 2006 Gaza beach incident, in which eight Palestinian civilians were killed by an explosion under highly disputed circumstances.
After UK Media Watch alerted the Independent that a police investigation over the tragic death of a young Palestinian girl had cleared the Israeli driver of negligence, they updated their article on the incident accordingly.
Similarly, al-Abed’s apparent belief that Jews are subhuman certainly at least partially explains his motivation for entering an Israeli home and stabbing several Jews to death. By omitting this key passage in al-Abed’s Facebook post, the Indy has again obfuscated the lethal impact of Palestinian antisemitism and incitement.
Though most articles which refer to the 2006 Gaza beach incident now refer to the cause as ‘disputed’, an article in The Independent written by Bethan McKernan published on August 1st reported that the girl, now 23, has graduated college, and provided background on the incident which takes practically as a given that Israel was to blame.
For the sixth time in a little more than a year, UK Media Watch has prompted a UK media correction to a false claim or suggestion that Tel Aviv is the capital of Israel.
In the spirit of efforts by the Palestinians (and UNESCO) to erase and rewrite Jewish history, The Independent published an article legitimising an obscure author’s claim that King Solomon was actually an Egyptian Pharaoh, […]
UK Media Watch prompted a correction at The Independent to the claim that Israel prevents Gaza doctors from traveling abroad for training seminars. The new text cites statistics on the hundreds of such crossings over the past two years alone.
Ken Loach’s claim in The Independent that there are apartheid-style, “racially segregated roads” in the West Bank is an outright lie, and we encourage you to lodge a complaint at the Indy using this online form.
As is often the case with many pro-BDS polemics, the justification offered by British director Ken Loach to politically, economically and culturally isolate Israel – and only Israel – included distortions and at least one outright lie: that there are “racially segregated roads” in the West Bank.
The Independent uncritically quoted an NGO claim that Gaza doctors are prevented by Israel from traveling abroad for training. However, we contacted a spokesperson from the Israeli agency responsible for coordinating such travel and they flatly denied the claim, citing hundreds of such crossings for Gaza doctors each year.
By citing just three seemingly damning words within a longer, more nuanced interview with the head of Israeli Electric about the power shortage in Gaza, the Indy journalist did what the Indy does best: taking the comments and actions of Israelis and Israeli leaders out of context to impute maximum malevolence.
The Indy journalist not only effectively ignored Judaism’s holiest site, but also managed to parrot Palestinian talking points, thus leading many readers to falsely believe that the location of the Israeli government meeting represented some sort of provocation against Palestinian Muslims.
The claim, that there’s been 750,000 Palestinian prisoners since 1967, stated as fact by McKernan, is at minimum highly disputed. As blogger Elder of Ziyon has persuasively demonstrated, it’s almost impossible for these numbers (cited frequently despite the fact that it originated from a radical NGO with ties to a terror group) to add up
Editors at The Independent upheld our complaint that the headline accompanying a February 5th article falsely suggested that there’s an Israeli “wall” which completely surrounds Gaza.
The sole source for the alleged quote appears to be a book by Hirsh Goodman published in 2005, which purports to recall a radio broadcast by Ben-Gurion on June 10th, 1967, day five of the Six Day War. We could find no other evidence to back up Goodman’s claim.
Once again, the Indy fails to include information that would undercut their desired narrative about the UK debate over Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, mischaracterising sincere efforts to no-platform extremism as a cynical effort to stifle criticism of the Jewish state.
Whilst we commend Indy editors for removing the article, the fact that one of their Middle East correspondents respects and was willing to amplify the views of such an anti-Zionist extremist serves as a troubling reminder of institutional anti-Israel bias which informs so much of their coverage of the region.