Have you noticed how many articles about Palestine don’t actually quote Palestinians – the people living and breathing the brutal realities of apartheid, occupation and annexation?
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As news was breaking about Israel’s plans for annexation, New York Times Jerusalem bureau chief David Halbfinger cited Israeli, British and U.S. elected officials, the Shin Bet and right-wing settlers, but not a single Palestinian voice in 1,000 words.
And, as I reported in this article in Mondoweiss, as of July 2 none of the paper’s top three Israel commentators – Thomas Friedman, Bret Stephens or Bari Weiss – had written anything about the annexation controversy. Not a word.
Other news outlets didn’t do much better. In a 1,300-word report about annexation, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. cited Israeli officials, diplomats, Arab heads of state and Trump. Unnamed Palestinians got a mere 25 unattributed words. A Reuters article declared simply, without attribution, that “Palestinians seek the West Bank for a future state…” A UPI report on annexation included no Palestinians. Zero.
Mondoweiss exists to bring you critical news and information that mainstream media ignore.
At Mondoweiss, staff writer Yumna Patel was reporting on the twin crises of annexation and COVID-19. Tareq Hajjaj broke the news about critically ill Gazans dying without access to medical care. Badia Dwaik told us how Hebron became a Covid hotspot. And Sam Bahour addressed the realities of apartheid within Israel.
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James North is a Mondoweiss Editor-at-Large, and has reported from Africa, Latin America, and Asia for four decades. He lives in New York City.