The New York Times' Distorted Coverage of Israel Is Getting Worse

(Israel Hayom) Adi Schwartz - In November 2021, the New York Times published a magazine piece about American Jews who have stopped supporting Israel; a complimentary profile of Refaat Alareer, a literature teacher at the Islamic University of Gaza, who in the last two years has compared Israel and Israelis to the Nazis and to Adolf Hitler 115 times on social media; an online documentary film produced by the newspaper featuring former IDF soldiers from Breaking the Silence; an article about American laws that aimed at defending Israel from BDS; and an article accusing Israel of silencing Palestinian civil society because of the decision to designate a number of Palestinian NGOs as terrorist groups. Not a single article appeared supporting Israel or its policies. During the May 2021 war against Hamas, the newspaper published pictures of Palestinian children who had been killed during the war on its front page. Concern for children's lives is heartwarming, but when tens of thousands of children have been killed during the war in Afghanistan and in Iraq by the American army, they didn't do the same thing. According to Prof. Eytan Gilboa, an expert on America, and founder and director of the Center for International Communication at Bar-Ilan University, "The newspaper is extreme in its attitude towards Israel, even in relation to other newspapers who are identified with the left in the United States, like the Washington Post or the Boston Globe. Their hostile treatment of Israel stands out on its own. Today, the New York Times sees itself as a flag-bearer of anti-Israeliness and anti-Zionism." Ashley Rindsberg last year published The Gray Lady Winked: How the New York Times's Misreporting, Distortions and Fabrications Radically Alter History. Rindsberg told Israel Hayom, "Anti-Zionism, which was always part of the newspaper's DNA, allows the newspaper to present the Jews as villains, who exploit and enslave the Palestinians. There's no more nuance. It's not that the separation fence was designed to stop terror, rather Israel installed it in order to oppress the Palestinians. The assumption that Israel is the villain in the story precedes any other logical explanation."

2022-01-06 00:00:00

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