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A lesson from the New York Times on how to mislead with numbers

Anna Flagg and Moiz Syed on
Israeli aggression is frequently “justified” in the article text. Similar justification is not included for Hamas violence. Editorializing much?

On July 31, 2014, the New York Times published an interactive article about the Israeli assault that was underway in Gaza. In an expertly designed data visualization, the Times guided us through its own version of events, which boils down to: Hamas started it, and Israel responded in self-defense. A common misconception about data journalism is that it’s somehow less biased than traditional print journalism, but Anna Flagg and Moiz Syed breakdown some ways that design can be misused to tell a slanted story. This New York Times article reminds us that design is just as much an editorial tool as it is a tool of aesthetics.

Israeli racism takes center stage at Manhattan JCC

Philip Weiss on
Batya Kahana-Dror

When Batya Kahana-Dror tells a NY Jewish audience that she wants “maximal territory with minimal Arab citizens” inside Israeli borders, no one criticizes her. But when a woman in the audience calls on ending US aid to Israel, Rabbi Ayelet Cohen says that she’s being disrespectful.