‘NYT’ and ‘Newsweek’ need to fact-check their propagandists

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Rightwing rabbi Shmuley Boteach recently published a full-page ad in the New York Times accusing John Kerry of anti-Semitism. As you can see below, the ad begins with these words:

For the last few weeks, Palestinian terrorists have slashed, stoned, shot and rammed to death scores of innocent Jews on the streets of Israel.

That’s false. You cannot speak of scores dead when the number of Israelis killed was 15 at the time, according to the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. (It is now 22; a little over one score.) I thought the New York Times did not publish ads that were so patently false, or asked for revisions. BTW, scores of Palestinians have been killed.

Boteach's ad accusing John Kerry of anti-Semitism
Boteach’s ad accusing John Kerry of anti-Semitism

Two days ago, Newsweek ran a Tel Aviv diary by a pro-Israel writer, Marc Schulman. He wrote of the recent attacks on Israelis:

Without question, Israeli history is full of tragedies that are worse than the events of the past two months, such as wars that claimed thousands of lives and a second intifada during which busses blew up daily and took dozens of lives with them.

This is what Huck Finn called a stretcher. Buses didn’t blow up daily. Wikipedia’s list of Israeli civilian casualties of the Second Intifada says 887 were killed and lists many bus bombings over five years. They plainly did not occur daily. The toll in these terror attacks were, at the highest, 15, 19, 16, and 23, by my count. Yes, certainly dozens killed over five years, but Schulman is purposely exaggerating the truth.

This is not to diminish the slaughter of the Second Intifada on the Israeli side. But facts are facts; journalistic publications become reliable or not based on whether their facts are right. And if a speaker is misstating such basic information, why should you trust their judgment?

P.S. You can see that Boteach is proud of the fact that he has lately been called Ted Cruz’s rabbi in the press, a vital link for the rightwing Texas senator so as to apply for Sheldon Adelson’s millions. Remember that just two years ago Boteach was Ambassador Samantha Power’s rabbi to the Israel lobby; so that she could get a seal of good housekeeping so as to obtain her job. There is no more stark proof of the power of the Israel lobby in our politics than the manner in which the services of this intolerant man are sought out by right and left. And not because they like him. Because he’s necessary.

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“For the last few weeks, Palestinian terrorists have slashed, stoned, shot and rammed to death scores of innocent Jews on the streets of Israel.” Maybe a score if you count “attempts” to stone or slash. “To death” might be taken as a dangling modifier. However, virtually none of this occurred on the streets of Israel, and most weren’t innocent Jews, but ones guilty of directly aiding and abetting their government’s illegal settlement enterprise, i.e., settlers.… Read more »

The Newsweek comment section is horrible, with people on both sides making genocidal statements.

A picture worth a thousand words – just look at his body language.

“as wars that claimed thousands of lives”

Here’s a wild thought: If Israelis dont’ want their citizens to die in wars (we know they don’t care about non-Israelis) how about they stop fighting those wars?

Every single one of Israel’s wars has been of its own choosing.

The Zionist arguments always begin with the presumption that Israel has the moral high ground. They never engage in any discussion of this presumption. They cannot afford to have a discussion of this, with actual evidence presented. They count on the fact that Zionist money controls the mainstream media, and all the reporters, anchors, and pundits will lick the sh*t from the soles of their boots. Many of these people, being educated and informed, are… Read more »