Category Archives: Media
NYT public editor Margaret Sullivan says she’s “very sorry” for the hurt caused by bigotry about drunken Irish contained in news story blaming balcony collapse that killed 5 in Berkeley on partying students. When will that sensitivity be extended to Palestinians?
Former Israeli ambassador Michael Oren’s new book singles out US Jewish journalists for being especially critical of their “nation-state” Israel in ways reminiscent of historical anti-Semitism
“Every generation hears the voice of Sinai anew,” Peter Beinart says of Jews; and young Jews are being called to anti-Zionism and support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement because of its idealism. The Jewish community must welcome them in and argue with them, he said. Israeli writer Ari Shavit says, No.
NPR ignores the Israeli military report whitewashing the country of war crimes against Gaza last summer, including the slaughter of four boys playing soccer on a beach, and features an Israeli writer talking about his son’s fear of rockets. Is this balanced coverage of an international conflict?
Alan Dershowitz says the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in the Jerusalem passport case is “dangerous” because it gives Obama power to “make a bad deal” with Iran, beyond the scrutiny of the Supreme Court. For some, obviously, that’s what this case was always about, and never about a little boy’s passport
‘NYT’s Rudoren Jodi Rudoren acts as a stenographer for an Israeli government report that whitewashes the military of war crimes in last summer’s invasion of Gaza, notably the slaughter of four boys playing soccer on the beach last July 16
‘You have dual citizenship with Israel’ NPR host Diane Rehm questions Bernie Sanders. The internet canard may dog Sanders — who worked on a kibbutz — the way Kenya canard dogged Obama
Israel always depended on two principles of power: dependence on a superpower and maintaining the “moral high ground” in the west, says Haaretz columnist Ari Shavit. It is in danger of losing both
Dan Cohen responds to Jewish Daily Forward editor in chief Jane Eisner who wrote a piece called “Why the Forward Sent a Brave Reporter to Gaza,” about the decision to send their Middle East correspondent to Gaza for a three day reporting trip. Cohen writes, “As a journalist who happens to be Jewish and having spent almost four months on the ground in Gaza including the last weeks of the war last summer, it is clear to me that Eisner knows nothing of reality on the ground in Gaza. More than anything else, Eisner’s hysteria over sending Zeveloff to a place where journalists – Jewish and gentile — make regular visits, exposes her anti-Palestinian racism.”
Treasury Secretary Jack Lew never mentioned “Palestine,” “Palestinians,” occupation, settlements, or even the two-state solution in his speech yesterday; and still he got booed and heckled at an Israeli-organized event in New York city.
Who says the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign isn’t having an effect? Page 7 of the New York Times today is the Boycott Israel page. Though one article irresponsibly portrays BDS as a threat to Jews, leaving out the sizable support among Jews for the campaign
Before a downtown NY audience, photographer Eman Mohammed spoke of Palestinian families “wiped off the planet” last summer in Gaza, and happily neither Avner Gvaryahu of Breaking the Silence nor Peter Beinart offered a defense of Zionism
Jeffrey Goldberg says that Israel is destroying Israel, Obama isn’t doing that, in an interview with David Rothkopf of Foreign Policy marred by Jewish narcissism
The New York Times once again serves as a pipeline for Israeli propaganda. An article about suffering in Gaza leaves Israel’s role till the 14th paragraph, when it states that the blockade is justified for military reasons.
Describing Palestinians as a “demographic” threat to Israel’s existence is widely considered racist, but the New York Times does so in an article saying that Palestinian refugees pose a “demographic death warrant” to the Jewish state.
Why isn’t the New York Times telling its readers that a spring it featured in tweeting its story on Israeli water is not in Israel but occupied Palestine? And B’Tselem says that Israel has “exploited” the Palestinian resource for its own profit.
Israel discriminates sorely against Palestinians in their water supply and 90 percent of the water in Gaza is undrinkable but you’d learn none of this in an article that takes up the top of the front page of the New York Times on the Israeli water miracle
Peter Beinart says that Jewish public opinion in the U.S. doesn’t matter on Israel yet because Sheldon Adelson has too much money. But the community leadership plays an important role. A look at the totalitarian nature of the Israel lobby inside Jewish life, and how it may be breaking up.
A rave review of Max Blumenthal’s account of the Gaza war in Publisher’s Weekly is an important signal to the New York Times, which blacked out Blumenthal’s last book on Israel, Goliath.
Rand Paul is doing a better job of criticizing the neoconservatives than Hillary Clinton is. Does she really regret the Iraq war? Chris Matthews asks
Avi Melamed brags that he works for the Israeli army and prisons and for rightwing Israel lobby groups like AIPAC and Israel Project. So why is the New York Times making him an “expert” for 25 elite travelers to Israel and Palestine next fall? Because it’s on one side of this conflict.
Netanyahu Foreign Ministry aide Dore Gold is this generation’s answer to Abba Eban. Eban said Auschwitz borders, Gold says “defensible borders”. And Gold draws $227,000 from a Baltimore, MD, outfit devoted to “Jewish peoplehood” and backed by Sheldon Adelson
President Obama’s speech to Adas Israel Congregation in Washington yesterday had an air of entitlement. Pandering to alleged liberals at this synagogue, he gets laughter for saying that Palestinians are “not the easiest of partners” and applause for completely ignoring the Nakba and every act of Israeli violence from 1948 to the present.