Jewish Voice for Peace and Jews Say No! take credit for faux ‘NYT’ highlighting biased coverage on Israel/Palestine

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Yesterday we reported on a parody edition of the New York Times being handed out on the streets of New York City. Since then the fake paper has generated headlines around the world and the Twitter account and website associated with the effort have been suspended. Today, the New York chapter Jewish Voice for Peace and the organization Jews Say No! have claimed credit for the project. Here is a press release the organizations sent out this morning:

(February 3, 2016)–Ten thousand copies of a special supplement of The New York Times focused on Israel and Palestine were distributed across NYC yesterday, while thousands of on-line versions made their way across the internet. The special supplement, which was a parody, includes such articles as “Congress to Debate US Aid to Israel” and “In the Footsteps of Mandela and King: A Non-Violent Movement Gains Ground Ten Years On,” as well as an editorial, “Our New Editorial Policy: Rethinking Israel-Palestine.”

Created by members of Jewish Voice for Peace New York (JVP NY) and Jews Say No!, (JSN), two NYC organizations devoted to justice in Palestine and Israel, the paper was created to “point out how biased current reporting is on Israel and Palestine and to show what a paper that was fair and accurate could look like,” according to JSN member Alan Levine, one of the paper’s writers.

“As a leading source for news in the United States and in the world, The New York Times has a responsibility to its readers to provide fair, balanced, and fact-based coverage. Our paper reflects the news that we wish The Times and other papers would report,” says Candace Graff, one of the organizers of the action from JVP NY. “It includes the context and facts too often missing from The New York Times and other U.S. media outlets.”

The articles highlight Israel’s ongoing policies of military occupation, displacement, and oppression, and “facts on the ground,” such as settlement expansion, the rise in settler violence, discriminatory anti-democratic laws targeting Palestinian citizens of Israel, and the increase of right-wing voices in the Knesset.  “These are all subjects that deserve to be covered and reported on,” Graff added. In a nod towards how U.S. policy on Israel might change if the mainstream media reported fairly on the continuing human rights abuses against Palestinians, the paper includes an editorial that calls on Congress to condition further Israeli military aid on compliance with the Leahy Law, which forbids U.S. military aid to foreign units that have committed human rights abuses.

The two groups will release a brief video about the action tomorrow (2/4) that includes footage of the group distributing the paper on the streets of NYC. Jane Hirschmann, a member of Jews Say No!, and Ben Norton, a writer at Salon who first revealed the creators of the paper, discussed media bias around Israel/Palestine on Democracy Now this morning (2/3). The faux paper’s domain and twitter account were suspended, but can be viewed here and here.


Editors: Elly Bulkin, Nina Felshin, Donna Nevel, Rosalind Petchesky
Designer, print edition: Sarah Sills
Designer, online edition: Asa Diebolt
Production, Online edition: Talia Baurer
Writers: Gordon Beeferman, Brandon Davis, Naomi Dann, Candace Graff, Alan Levine, Aurora Levins, Morales, Donna Nevel, Rosalind Petchesky, Ellen Ross, Lynn Lopez Salzedo, Carl Schieren, Irene Siegel, Pamela Sporn
Copyeditor: Dorothy Zellner
Videographers: Rona Merrill, Pam Sporn
Media team: Naomi Dann, Beth Miller, Donna Nevel
Distribution coordinators: Candace Graff, Jane Hirschmann
A large group of volunteers distributed the papers across the city.

The New York City chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace is part of a national, grassroots organization inspired by Jewish tradition to work for a just and lasting peace according to principles of human rights, equality, and international law for all the people of Israel and Palestine. Jewish Voice for Peace has over 200,000 online supporters, over 60 chapter, a youth wing, a Rabbinic Council, an Artist Council, and Academic Advisory Council, and an Advisory Board made up of leading U.S. intellectuals and artists. Jews Say No!, based in NYC, engages in community education, street theatre, and organizing, and makes their voices heard within the Jewish community and as partners in the broader movement for justice in Palestine/Israel.

29 Responses

  1. lysias
    February 3, 2016, 10:20 am

    I heard this on Democracy Now! this morning. The show can be listened to at link to

    • Emory Riddle
      February 4, 2016, 11:33 am

      You guys seen this crap yet?

      New search engine to target anti-Semitism.

      Meet the Sniper, an app that will scan the net using a new algorithm, looking for anti-Jewish content. Individuals will be able to check the content and take action as needed.

      The World Zionist Organization (WZO) is expected to launch its Sniper app, which it says is a search engine for anti-Semitic content.

      The Sniper system is set up to scan the internet using an algorithm that will identify certain keywords in different languages. A crew of WZO members will scan the results, confirm the cases that actually show real anti-Semitism, and respond with direct replies or contact authorities in the offending party’s country.

      WZO emphasizes the fact that the app will be monitored and supervised, so that its use will be proper, and not aimed at shaming individuals or groups without proper evidence.

      “The Sniper will create deterrence,” say the entrepreneurs behind it, “it won’t be so easy to publish a status calling for the murder of Jews, or pictures of burning Israeli flags.”

      The Sniper’s first users will be members of the WZO’s global network for combating anti-Semitism, at the WZO’s communications center. Later, other users are expected to join in.

      Their role will be to create a kind of “wall” on the site, on which they will write the personal details of anti-Semitic content publishers, as well as what they published (quotes, screen grabs, pictures, videos, and more).

      The app is set to be launched Sunday, during a WZO conference aimed at combating anti-Semitism in the modern era, which will be attended by Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon and Knesset Speaker MK Yuli Edelstein.

      It will initially operate on a trial basis in countries in Latin America, which has seen a recent rise in anti-Semitism that has not been as well-publicized as European anti-Semitism.

      • Annie Robbins
        February 4, 2016, 4:30 pm

        O my emory. get ready cuz here they come.

      • lyn117
        February 4, 2016, 5:52 pm

        Apt name though. Reminiscent of IDF snipers targeting Palestinian protesters or children.

        WZO and the like are sadly giving anti-semitism a good name.

      • Keith
        February 4, 2016, 8:28 pm

        EMORY RIDDLE- “New search engine to target anti-Semitism.”

        And you better believe that one criterion of anti-Semitism will be criticism of Israel and/or Zionism. The Zionists are on the attack. They are always on the attack. And conflating burning the Israeli flag with (non-existent?) calls for Judeocide is despicable, their Gentile hatred on full display.

  2. Annie Robbins
    February 3, 2016, 12:58 pm

    GREAT work! thank you so much New York chapter Jewish Voice for Peace and Jews Say No!

    i still have my pages open to the articles from yesterday because i knew they would have to be removed. i copied all the articles and took screenshots of everything including close ups of the fantastic ads, i so loved it. they are still on my computer. i don’t want to close the pages knowing i can’t open them again.

    salon covered this > link to

    and added a wayback machine archived embed > link to

    they also mentioned phil and mondoweiss:

    Critics point to one symbol in particular that they say encapsulates the Times’ pro-Israel bias. The newspaper reportedly owns an apartment in Jerusalem that is built on the ruins of a home that used to belong to Hasan Karmi, a Palestinian journalist who worked for the BBC.

    Karmi and his family were forced to flee during the Nakba, the 1948 ethnic cleansing in which Zionist militias violently expelled approximately 800,000 Palestinians, almost three-quarters of the indigenous population.

    New York Times Jerusalem bureau chiefs have lived in this apartment. Ghada Karmi, the famous Palestinian journalist’s daughter, told journalist Philip Weiss, a co-editor of progressive Jewish publication Mondoweiss, that former Times Jerusalem Bureau Chief Steven Erlanger once invited her to visit the apartment, which she confirmed had been built over her family’s home.

    • Mooser
      February 3, 2016, 7:14 pm

      “GREAT work! thank you so much New York chapter Jewish Voice for Peace and Jews Say No!”

      So Nue, so Jews, so sue!

      • Tchoupitoulas
        February 4, 2016, 12:52 pm

        I am waiting impatiently to read about this at the Volokh Conspiracy.

  3. Les
    February 3, 2016, 3:22 pm

    More evidence that zionism is a Jew versus Jew issue.

    • Mooser
      February 3, 2016, 6:55 pm

      “More evidence that zionism is a Jew versus Jew issue.”

      I believe this is the second time you have emphasized this. What do you mean? Can’t quite understand. Could you explain me more than that flat statement “that zionism is a Jew versus Jew issue” does? Leaves me baffled. Thanks.

      • Keith
        February 3, 2016, 7:18 pm

        MOOSER- “Could you explain me more than that flat statement “that zionism is a Jew versus Jew issue” does?”

        I assume he means that concerning important questions involving the political economy and foreign policy that Gentiles should stand aside.

      • RoHa
        February 4, 2016, 4:00 am

        Zionism is a “Zionist Jew versus the rest of the Universe” issue, and non-Zionist Jews are part of the rest of the Universe.

      • Mooser
        February 4, 2016, 3:07 pm

        “I assume he means that concerning important questions involving the political economy and foreign policy that Gentiles should stand aside.”

        Oh yes, and can you think of a group more prepared to pressure Israel, and to make itself felt in Israel, than organizations of non- or antizionist Jews? Sure, non or antizionist, they won’t like that, but the “Jew…” means they must listen and respond. Tribal Unity, you know.

        All the power of Judaism, without Zionism. What ideology, what country, can resist that?

        (I love JVP and JSN, but I suspect it might take a leeetle help from Gentiles, too, not that JVP&JSN exclude them now.)

      • Les
        February 4, 2016, 6:45 pm

        Mooser January 31, 2016, 12:32 pm

        “Too few anti-zionist Jews see this as a Jew versus Jew issue…”

        That is very, very true, Les. I think it’s been pretty obvious that most anti-Zionist Jews do not want to see this as a Jew-versus-Jew issue. Whether it’s “too few” I don’t know.

        But Zionists, you might notice, are very, very eager to put it on that Jew-versus-Jew basis.

        link to

      • Mooser
        February 5, 2016, 11:52 am

        “But Zionists, you might notice, are very, very eager to put it on that Jew-versus-Jew basis.”

        Yes, I agree with me on that. Thanks, Les.

  4. ckg
    February 3, 2016, 5:15 pm

    Kudos to the New York chapter JVP and Jews Say No! Their satire of NYT coverage of the conflict is especially sweet because the NYT, as Mondoweiss writers have often noted, is loathe to admit that there are many American Jewish voices in the struggle for Palestinian rights.

  5. Kay24
    February 3, 2016, 8:43 pm

    Good job JVP and Jews Say No! Nothing like a strong message coming from people who know, and care, about what their own do, and show their disapproval in most creative ways.

    I hope we see more of these great ideas in the future.

  6. rugal_b
    February 3, 2016, 8:59 pm

    You will never see Alison Weir produce sharp, intellectual criticism of pro-Israeli media bias in the US like this. She is the Donald Trump of the IP activism circles.

    • Mary T
      February 4, 2016, 8:29 am

      Alison does her own thing; this just doesn’t happen to be it. People contribute in all sorts of ways to support the Palestinians in their quest for human rights. Alison must be doing something right for you to go after her right out of the blue in commenting on an article unrelated to her.

      • Annie Robbins
        February 4, 2016, 4:25 pm

        Alison must be doing something right for you to go after her right out of the blue

        not uncommon here. they do it to start fights and highjack the topic.

    • Emory Riddle
      February 4, 2016, 11:45 am

      Here is some of the stuff at her website on the media bias aspect you criticize her over. I believe the facts show you to be 100% incorrect:

      Bias and Distorted Media Coverage of Israel/Palestine

      As shown by our Media Report Cards, the American press tends to provide extremely distorted coverage of the Israel-Palestine conflict. There are a number of factors that contribute to this troubling pattern of omission and misrepresentation. One of them is bias. In this section, we will provide information about how bias influences media coverage of this topic, and where this bias originates.

      The Tel Aviv Stabbings: What the media left out
      If Americans Knew – U.S. media coverage of the recent bus attack in Tel Aviv painted a picture of Israeli citizens living in fear of deranged Palestinian terrorists, yet omitted significant information on Palestinians killed and injured by Israelis during the period reported on. more

      Another New York Times’ reporter’s son is in the Israeli army
      Philip Weiss and Adam Horovitz, Mondoweiss – Yet another reporter for the New York Times has a son in the Israeli Defense Forces. Isabel Kershner, a correspondent in the newspaper’s Jerusalem bureau, says that her son is in training in the army. This is the third time in recent years that a writer who covers the conflict for America’s leading newspaper has a son serving in an army that is regularly accused of human rights abuses. more

      NYT’s David Brooks’ Son Is In the Israeli Army
      Rob Eshman, Jewish Journal – Yet another powerful journalist with the New York Times, David Brooks, has a son in the Israeli military. more

      The Aftermath of Israel’s Latest Assault on Gaza
      If Americans Knew – Contrary to U.S. media spin, this assault was not defensive. Israel had blamed Hamas for the June kidnapping and murder of three Jewish settlers in the West Bank, although there was evidence to the contrary, using that as a pretext to attack the Gaza Strip. more

      The NYT and the Flotilla Inquiry
      Alison Weir, CounterPunch – The New York Times, whose regional bureau chief has a son in the Israeli military, reports that Israel has just appointed a panel charged with investigating its attack on an aid flotilla that killed nine aid volunteers, including a 19-year-old American. more

      NPR Watch: Linda Gradstein Has Done It Again on Gaza
      Felice Pace, CounterPunch – NPR’s reporter Linda Gradstein has done it again. She has managed to take a “must report” story on Israeli-Palestinian relations – the new report by B’Tselem on the non-combatants, including children, killed by the Israeli military during the Israeli attack on Gaza – and report it in a manner which minimizes the story’s potential to create opposition to Israeli treatment of Palestinians on the West Bank and Gaza. more

      US Media and Israeli Military: All in the Family
      Alison Weir – Recent exposés revealing that Ethan Bronner, the New York Times Israel-Palestine bureau chief, has a son in the Israeli military have caused a storm of controversy that continues to swirl and generate further revelations. more

      Ethan Bronner’s Conflict With Impartiality
      Alison Weir, CounterPunch – Ethan Bronner is the New York Times Jerusalem bureau chief. As such, he is the editor responsible for all the news coming out of Israel-Palestine. It is his job to decide what gets reported and what doesn’t; what goes in a story and what gets cut. more

      The invisible government: Propaganda Disguised as Journalism
      John Pilger – In a speech in Chicago, John Pilger describes how propaganda has become such a potent force in our lives and, in the words of one of its founders, represents ‘an invisible government’. more

      Killing Palestinians doesn’t count: Is a ceasefire breached only when an Israeli is killed?
      Alison Weir, – On January 27th media headlines trumpeted that Palestinians had broken the latest cease-fire: a bomb had killed one Israeli soldier and injured two or three. Virtually every media outlet reported this action as a major breach in the ceasefire that had begun on January 18th: Associated Press, CNN, Fox News, CBS, the New York Times, The Washington Post, the LA Times, the McClatchy Newspapers, etc, all pinned the resumption of violence on Palestinians. There’s just one problem. Israeli forces had already violated the ceasefire at least seven times. more

      BBC chief holds peace talks in Jerusalem with Ariel Sharon
      Guy Adams, The Independent – The BBC is often accused of an anti-Israeli bias in its coverage of the Middle East, and recently censured reporter Barbara Plett for saying she “started to cry” when Yasser Arafat left Palestine shortly before his death. Fascinating, then, to learn that its director general, Mark Thompson, has recently returned from Jerusalem, where he held a face-to-face meeting with the hardine Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. more

      UK Press bias towards Israeli Ambassador
      Peter Tatchnell – The London-based press watchdog, Arab Media Watch (AMW), has produced research demonstrating that British press reporting of the Middle East conflict has massively favoured the Israeli Ambassador to the almost complete exclusion of the Palestinian Ambassador. more

      Is “pundit” actually Israeli military officer?
      Alison Weir – CNN, CBS and others use an analyst who appears to be in the foreign military on which he is commenting and yet don’t divulge this fact. more

      A pro-Israel group’s plan to rewrite history on Wikipedia
      Electronic Intifada – A pro-Israel pressure group is orchestrating a secret, long-term campaign to infiltrate the popular online encyclopedia Wikipedia to rewrite Palestinian history, pass off crude propaganda as fact, and take over Wikipedia administrative structures to ensure these changes go either undetected or unchallenged. more

      More shabby journalism from the Associated Press
      Palestine Media Watch – The Associated Press continues to dish out shabby journalism, as the hollow piece on the killing of Palestinian Journalist Nazeh Darwazeh below from Karin Laub again amply illustrates. more

      The Greatest Story Never Told
      Stephen Lendman – No issue is more sensitive in the US than daring to criticize Israel. It’s the metaphorical “third rail” in American politics, academia and the major media. Anyone daring to touch it pays dearly as the few who tried learned. Those in elected office face an onslaught of attacks and efforts to replace them with more supportive officials. Former five term Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney felt its sting twice in 2002 and 2006. So did 10 term Congressman Paul Findley (a fierce and courageous Israeli critic) in 1982 and three term Senator Charles Percy in 1984 whom AIPAC targeted merely for appearing to support anti-Israeli

      • rugal_b
        February 5, 2016, 4:28 am

        Thank you for the detailed collection of Alison Weir’s work Emory. Not everyone is 100% bad or 100% good, and this of course applies to Ms. Weir as well. My problem with her is her negatives outweighs whatever positives she contributes the field. As such, it is not surprising she is struggling to maintain relevancy and gain new audiences, while JVP is growing at an exponential rate.

      • Annie Robbins
        February 5, 2016, 2:33 pm

        struggling to maintain relevancy

        source or hunch? last i heard her books were flying off the shelves. and i know she’s still touring around giving speeches.

    • rugal_b
      February 8, 2016, 9:14 am

      “last i heard her books were flying off the shelves. and i know she’s still touring around giving speeches.” – Annie

      Ms. Annie, I just looked at your profile and just realized you are the editor of this website. I felt embarrassed thinking back on my previous dialogues with you, where I may have not carried myself as well as I should have been, considering the status of the person I am engaging with.

      May I know why Mondoweiss has completely stopped sharing and publishing Ms. Weir’s works, review of her tours around the country, and perhaps articles on her books that are flying off the shelves?

      I honestly thought it was because of JVP’s fallout with Ms. Weir, and MW took the side of JVP by adopting a gentleman’s agreement to not work with Ms. Weir in any capacity. It is surprising to know that this may not at all be the case, based on your stance on Ms. Weir, as the editor of MW.

      • Annie Robbins
        February 8, 2016, 8:15 pm

        so that would be a “NO”, you have no supporting source that weir is “struggling to maintain relevancy”? interesting — albeit not surprising in the least.

        check out our staff at our about page. link to
        phil and adam are the co-editors here at MW, allison is assistant editor and i am editor at large. iow, we all take part in the editorial functions here — but i am definitely not “the editor”.

        as far as i know we’ve never ‘published weir’s work’, so it’s not something we’ve ‘stopped’ per se nor do i recall we’ve ever done a “review of her tours” so i am not sure where you got this. i covered her billboard campaign awhile back, not un- similar to covering stop 30 billion or palestine advocacy project’s billboard campaigns– because it is news.

        MW has never had a “stance” on alison weir that i am aware of, nor do i, nor feel a need to have one — nor has anyone here (staff) been pressured to make or take a “stance” that i am aware of (other than the defacto positioning the entire movement was place in during the outcasting scandal). we have noticed tho that certain posters such as yourself, have an obsession w/weir, (continually) seek to insert her into comment sections to instigate discussions — time and again — it’s generally OT (off topic) and a diversion.

        we have a thread where we hosted a discussion of the controversy and anyone is welcome to add comments to it at any time, you should too if you want to discuss her in the future: > > > link to .

        It also may interest you to note there’s a conference coming up in DC phil is speaking at (it’s currently advertised on the front page right now) . i think it’s the same annual conference he spoke at last year as did weir and i think she’s one of the hosts of the conference along w/grant smith, although i am not sure — but she has been in the all the past conferences and there is no particular reason to believe she is not still involved.

        i hope that addresses you assumptions, and in the future i’d appreciate you using the round table to share your thoughts about her rather than this or other OT (off topic) threads. and any further queries about a site “stance” regarding weir write adam and phil (email at the about page), they would be the ones to ask. thanks!

  7. Ossinev
    February 4, 2016, 6:42 am

    A1. Hopefully this will give heart to the minority of decent moral Israeli Jews who must have been despairing over the lack of truthful coverage in the US press over what has been going on in Israel and the stolen territories for decades. What really hit home for me was the description by Ben Norton on the Democracy Now programme of how the Israelis routinely break windows and spray skunk water into Palestinian homes. This “skunk” water is a fairly recent Israeli “invention” which was not available to the Nazis – no doubt they would have been delighted to have had it as a control and clearance weapon for Jews,Gypsies,Communists,Slavs etc.
    link to

  8. Ossinev
    February 4, 2016, 1:00 pm

    Just read the NYT report on the sentencing of the two Israeli youths for the murder of Mohammed Abu Kdheir:
    link to

    Is it just wishful thinking or do I detect a little bit of “balance” in the report ?

  9. lyn117
    February 4, 2016, 6:04 pm

    I don’t detect any “balance” in the NY times report. It’s full of excuses for the condemned murderers and examples of Palestinian violence. Like noting rockets from Gaza without noting the preceding numerous and virtually continuous attacks on Gaza by Israel. And also presents Israelis as virtuously condemning the murders, even as Israelis support and protect other Israeli murderers of Palestinians who entirely escape condemnation since their attacks are less gruesome.

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