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3. New Campaign Targets New York Times’ Anti-Israel Bias
Looking out their office windows, NY Times editors and writers see a massive billboard that reads: “The New York Times At it AGAIN: Defaming Israel with distorted ‘news’”.
By: JNS and United with Israel Staff
The Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) unveiled a giant billboard this week outside the offices of The New York Times, criticizing the major daily newspaper for its biased coverage against Israel.
Looking out their office windows, editors and writers now see a massive billboard that reads: “The New York Times at it AGAIN: Defaming Israel with distorted ‘news.’ Stop the bias.”
“The billboard represents the collective voice of hundreds of thousands of people frustrated at the Times’ shoddy reporting and bias against Israel,” says Andrea Levin, executive director of CAMERA. “We’re inundated with complaints about The New York Times—and for good reason.”
Since the beginning of 2018, the Times has published so many egregiously factual errors that CAMERA created what it calls a “New York Times Line,” a timeline that tracks the newspaper’s errors on Israel. It provides a visual counterpoint to the Times‘ own recent ad campaign that lauds the paper as the arbiter of truth.
“Numerous examples of error-ridden articles at the Times have been documented by CAMERA analysts,” says Levin. She added that “there are years when the coverage seems more attentive to objectivity and balance, and other times when opinion pours into the ‘news’ and editors allow this—and refuse to correct clear-cut factual errors. We seem to be back in one of those periods.”
“All we ask is that the Times live up to its own standards of accuracy and accountability,” stated Gilead Ini, a senior research analyst at CAMERA. “The New York Times can and should provide excellent journalism, but unfortunately, its coverage of Israel right now is often marred by errors, bias and significant omissions. In the recent Gaza violence driven by Hamas—to mention just one instance—the Times termed the barrages of fire bombs, rocks and attempts to tear down the border fence an ‘experiment with nonviolent protest.’”
CAMERA has documented coverage over many years, including a detailed analysis in its monograph, Indicting Israel: New York Times Coverage of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict.
In 2013-14, the organization also rolled out a billboard campaign across New York City focused on bringing attention to biased coverage of Israel by the Times.
“Once again, readers won’t be silent when Israel is maligned by the publication,” Levin added.
History of Anti-Israel Bias
The prominent newspaper has been roundly and repeatedly criticized for its anti-Israel bias, and even one of its editors admits – it’s a real bias.
Asked in a recent interview about what the most common complaint is about the paper’s opinion coverage, Andrew Rosenthal, editor of the Times‘ opinion pages, said it’s “that we’re anti-Israel.”
A 2014 study published by CAMERA shows the Times is nearly seven times more likely to publish pieces critical of Israel than of the Palestinians. The analysis also revealed that the newspaper is twice as likely to publish opinion pieces predominately supporting the Palestinian cause — in relation to which side deserves more sympathy or criticism — than articles supporting the Israeli narrative.
4. Analysis: European doublespeak on Abbas
PA President Mahmoud Abbas (C) arrives for a lunch with EU foreign ministers in Brussels, Jan. 22, 2018. (AP/Olivier Hoslet, pool)
Why did the Germans and the European Union suddenly discover Abbas’ anti-Semitism?
By: Daniel Krygier, World Israel News
In a rare move, Germany and the European Union (EU) rebuked the PLO leader Mahmoud Abbas for his latest anti-Semitic remarks. Abbas blamed the Jews for the Holocaust and whitewashed 3,000 years of Jewish history in Israel.
Referring to the Holocaust, German Foreign Minister Heiku Maas stressed that his country was responsible for “one of the worst crimes in history” and “therefore, we must respond resolutely to any anti-Semitic expression.”
“The speech Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas delivered on 30 April contained unacceptable remarks concerning the origins of the Holocaust and Israel’s legitimacy,” an EU spokesperson stated.
Abbas’ “moderate” regime in Ramallah has for years been disseminating vile Jew-hatred and fighting against Israel’s existence, without upsetting the Europeans, who even largely fund activity against Israel’s interests in the name of “peace.”
So why did the Germans and the EU suddenly “discover” Abbas’ anti-Semitism? While Jew-hatred is officially banned in Europe, in practice it has been more than tolerated as long as it was carefully branded “anti-Zionism” and focused on the Jewish state without embarrassing references to the Holocaust. The same EU that annually commemorates the Holocaust of six million murdered Jews has willingly ignored and indirectly financed Ramallah’s genocidal Jew-hatred against more than six million living Jews in Israel. By bringing up the Holocaust with Israel, Abbas apparently crossed the line from “acceptable” Jew-hatred to unacceptable anti-Semitism that embarrassed the European leadership.
The EU spokesperson’s statement revealed the depth of the European hypocrisy. “Such rhetoric will only play into the hands of those who do not want a two-state solution, which President Abbas has repeatedly advocated,” he said.
The EU knows that this is a lie. While releasing duplicitous statements in English about “peace,” Abbas has for years embraced classic anti-Semitism and in Arabic incited against the Jewish state’s existence within any borders.
In 2016, Abbas received standing ovations in the EU parliament during a speech where he revived the old anti-Semitic blood libel by accusing Israeli rabbis of “poisoning” water used by Arabs in Judea and Samaria. In January 2018, Abbas called Israel a “European colonial project” and demanded that Britain apologize for the Balfour Declaration. Since the Holocaust was left out, it was largely ignored by the Europeans.
The same Europe that erects Holocaust memorials willingly trades with the genocidal Iranian regime that has called for Israel’s destruction. The dishonest double speak from Berlin and Brussels has disqualified Europe from any serious mediating role in resolving the Arab-Israeli conflict.
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