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The Truth About "Israel Apartheid Week"

by: Contributing Writer

Sat Mar 01, 2014 at 13:56:24 PM EST

(CAMERA) On a number of college campuses, this week is "Israel Apartheid Week," a week where anti-Israel activists try to fool students into believing Israel systematically and legally oppresses minorities.

This is a particularly ironic accusation since Freedom House, an independent watchdog group dedicated to the expansion of freedom around the world, has rated Israel as the only free country in the Middle East.

If these activists were concerned with human rights, they would be sponsoring a "North Korea Apartheid Week," an "Iran Apartheid Week," or a "Syria Kill-More-Than-140,000-Civilians Week."

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Abbas Welcomes Palestinian Murderers as Heroes

by: Contributing Writer

Wed Feb 12, 2014 at 10:39:06 AM EST

(CAMERA) Melbourne, Australia's Herald Sun published an article revealing the cruelty that manifests among the Palestinians.

In the article Israel may pay for tolerance it shows to killers, Alan Howe wrote about some of the individuals released by Israel as a gesture for the current round of peace talks:

Take Issa Abd Rabbo. When he was released recently, he was welcomed home personally by the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, who raised Rabbo's hand in victory and referred to the double killer as a hero.

He calls men like Rabbo "the best of the Palestinian people".

Rabbo killed two university students, Revital Seri, 22, and her friend Ron Levi, 23.

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New York Magazine, Fox News Libel Israel in PM Sharon Obituaries

by: Contributing Writer

Sun Jan 12, 2014 at 08:34:28 AM EST

(CAMERA) the passing of the former Israeli prime minister, Ariel Sharon, has unearthed many old falsehoods.

Fox News

Conor Powell erroneously reported that Sharon entered the Al Aqsa Mosque in September 2000:

"His actions helped spark the second Palestinian uprising in 2000 when he pushed past security and entered the Al Aqsa Mosque, one of Islam's most sacred places."

Sharon never entered the Al Aqsa Mosque. He visited the Temple Mount — the most sacred site in Judaism, the third most sacred site in Islam, and the plaza upon which the Al Aqsa Mosque sits.

Nor did he "push past" security; the Israeli security was in place to protect him as he visited Judaism's most holy site.

New York Magazine

Caroline Bankoff wrote that Israeli soldiers, not the Phalange militia, killed hundreds of Palestinian refugees in Sabra and Shatilla.  

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AP Claims Rouhani Speech "Absent" of Anti-Israel Rhetoric

by: Contributing Writer

Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 13:08:46 PM EDT


Courtesy of The Cartoon Kronicles.
(CAMERA) An AP story today opened by informing readers that "The Iranian president's first speech to world leaders was absent anti-Israel rhetoric...." The problem is, Rouhani in fact leveled some of the harshest, most inflammatory anti-Israel slurs available during his U.N. speech yesterday, describing Israel as engaging in "brutal repression," and as practicing something even worse than apartheid.

In language that differed little from the predictable anti-Israel venom often heard from Iranian leaders, Rouhani told delegates at the United Nations:

What has been — and continues to be — practiced against the innocent people of Palestine is nothing less than structural violence. Palestine is under occupation; the basic rights of the Palestinians are tragically violated, and they are deprived of the right of return and access to their homes, birthplace and homeland. Apartheid as a concept can hardly describe the crimes and the institutionalized aggression against the innocent Palestinian people.

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Palestinian Parents Opting for Israeli School Curriculum

by: Contributing Writer

Tue Sep 17, 2013 at 16:09:44 PM EDT

(CAMERA) In an article published on Sept. 13, Why Some Palestinians Want to Learn Like Israelis, The Christian Science Monitor exposes how Palestinians in east Jerusalem are torn between their commitment to an ideology, that rejects any accommodation to the reality of a unified Jerusalem under Israeli control, and their desire to provide a better future for their children. According to David Koren, adviser on east Jerusalem to the Jerusalem mayor, Nir Barakat:
The Palestinian Authority, Fatah and Hamas may oppose this but parents know that the future of their children is in Israel... In a series of meetings with us, parents requested having the option of the Israeli curriculum. People were paying 12,000 shekels ($3,430 dollars) for private courses to prepare their children for Israeli universities and they asked the mayor, why not open a track within the school?
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Where's the Coverage? Israel Surrounded by Threats

by: Publisher

Sat Aug 31, 2013 at 22:53:27 PM EDT


Courtesy of The Cartoon Kronicles @ http://cartoonkronicles.com
CAMERA has reported:
Recent statements by U.S. President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry portend a forceful American response to the Syrian government's alleged use of chemical weapons.

Should the United States — and allies — strike Syria, both Iran and Syria have threatened to retaliate against Israel. This has received coverage in the popular press. The news media have also reported that Israel has had to call up reservists and deploy extra missile defenses, and even recounted:

In addition to [gas] masks, the Israeli government handed out small plastic tents designed to protect newborns and was running videos with step-by-step instructions on how to correctly don the gear.

What the media have missed are the multiple threats that Israel confronts beyond this immediate crisis. Israel literally faces peril on every border and Israelis are in danger from terrorists even when they travel abroad.

Infographic from the Israeli Embassy depicting some of the dangers, and more following the jump.

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Palestinian Minister Admits Peace Talks With Israel to Be a Ploy

by: Contributing Writer

Thu Aug 15, 2013 at 10:03:05 AM EDT


"In less than two years, the Prophet returned and based on this treaty, he conquered Mecca. This is the example, this is the model." PA Minister Mahmoud Al-Habbash.
(CAMERA) Last month, as preliminary negotiations were set to begin between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, PA Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash delivered a Friday sermon. PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas was present and it was broadcast on official PA-TV on July 19, 2013.

Did he talk about peace? Did he preach about achieving a treaty? Well, sort of. Palestinian Media Watch posted and translated a video of the sermon, in which Al-Habbash starts off well:

We hate war. We don't want war. We don't want bloodshed, not for ourselves, nor for others. We want peace. We say this because our culture is founded on this, and because our religion is based on this. Yes, we want peace, but not any peace. We want a peace based on justice, therefore the Palestinian leadership and the PLO have not missed any opportunity for peace...

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Toronto Crowd Cheers Young Boy's Hate Speech

by: Publisher

Thu Aug 08, 2013 at 17:23:11 PM EDT

(CAMERA) The hateful incitement offered by Elias Hazineh, the former president of Palestine House in suburban Toronto, at an Al Quds rally in Toronto has attracted a lot of attention, as well it should. The man openly called for the murder of Israelis in the public square of Toronto.

At the same rally, a young boy who could not have been much older than 11 or 12 years old described the Jewish state as the enemy of humanity. No, that is not an exaggeration. He said it: "Israel is an illegal, terrorizing racist group which works for the destruction of humanity and peace in the world." During his rant, he referred to Israel as "cancers." This is incitement to the destruction of the Jewish state.

And the crowd cheered him on.

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The Proof That Israel Is Not an Apartheid State

by: Contributing Writer

Sat Aug 03, 2013 at 18:11:21 PM EDT

(CAMERA) On August 1, an Arab member of Israel's parliament, the Knesset, Jamal Zahalka, stood at the podium and declared, "We [Arabs] were here before you and we'll be here after you." In response, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu indicated that he wanted to speak, went to the podium and answered, "The first part is not correct and the second part will not happen."

It is clear that this could not happen if Israel were an "apartheid" state, because there would be no Arab members of Knesset. And, if Israel were not a free state, certainly no member of the Knesset could openly declare a desire for the end of the state without fear of prison or even censure.

Imagine even the most radical member of Congress, from anywhere across the political spectrum, standing on the floor of the House or Senate and envisioning the end of the United States. It would cause an uproar. But in Israel, it only elicits a brief remark from the Prime Minister.

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Outlandish European and Quaker Boycotts

by: Publisher

Wed Jul 24, 2013 at 21:46:28 PM EDT

Cartoon reprinted courtesy of Yaakov (Dry Bones) Kirschen http://www.drybonesblog.blogsp... Video courtesy of CAMERA.

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Palestinian Official: "If We Had a Nuke, We'd Have Used it on Israel"

by: Contributing Writer

Sat May 25, 2013 at 19:17:07 PM EDT

(CAMERA) On April 30th, a senior Palestinian Authority official, Jibril Rajoub, deputy secretary of the Fatah Central Committee and chairman of the PA Olympic Committee said in regards to Israel, "We as yet don't have a nuke, but I swear that if we had a nuke, we'd have used it this very morning." Most of the popular press has not covered this threat.

Maybe, you're thinking, they haven't reported this shocking statement because they don't know about it. Maybe he said it in a closed room or maybe to himself. Well, no. Rajoub made this declaration on Lebanese television and the video has been posted, translated and transcribed by Palestinian Media Watch.

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Israel 10 Years Ago: Imagine a Boston Bombing Every Week

by: Contributing Writer

Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 14:01:36 PM EDT

(CAMERA) In a piece in The American Thinker, novelist Noah Beck writes sympathetically about the tragic Boston Marathon bombing, calling victims "the epitome of innocent." He continues:
But imagine if this happened again next week, at a pizzeria, killing 15 diners. And again, a week later, on a bus, killing 19 passengers. Then at a discotheque, killing 21 teens. Then at a church, killing 11 worshipers. And so on, with a new bombing terrorizing us almost every week.

Israelis don't have to imagine; they just have to remember. Between 1995 and 2005, each year saw an average of 14 suicide bombings, murdering 66 victims. Two thousand two was the worst year, with 47 bombings that slaughtered 238 people. That's almost one Boston bombing every week. Adjusted for population differences, Israel's victims in 2002 amounted to the equivalent of three 9/11s in one year. And these bombing statistics don't include all of the shootings, stabbings, and other violent attacks by Palestinian extremists during those years.

Unfortunately, as Beck notes, "the incidents usually received only scant and perfunctory media coverage, if they were mentioned at all."
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Special Coverage: A Palestinian Died (Okay, and 6,000 Syrians Too)

by: Contributing Writer

Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 14:11:43 PM EDT

(CAMERA) An Associated Press report published on April 1 noted that at least 6000 Syrians were reported killed in the civil conflict in March, the highest single month toll yet. During this same period, the main news item of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was the death of a single Palestinian hunger striker, a convicted terrorist, in an Israeli prison.

According to a tally from a Lexis-Nexis media search, the New York Times published a total of 39 articles (news articles, editorials, and on its blog) in March that were mainly focused on Israel and the Palestinian conflict, plus an additional 24 on U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Israel. The Nexis search turned up 59 pieces — a substantial proportion were brief blog items — focused on the conflict in Syria.

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No Mention in US Media for Discrimination Against Israeli Athletes

by: Contributing Writer

Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 06:24:36 AM EST


CAMERA has reported The New York Times' penchant for covering racism in soccer, especially where Israelis are concerned. In a Jan. 31, 2013 article about protests by Beitar soccer fans against the recruitment of Muslim players, bearing the headline "Some Fear a Soccer Team's Racist Fans Hold a Mirror Up to Israel," the "newspaper of record" used the event as an opening to indict all of Israeli society as racist.

In fact, The Times printed a second article in the span of ten days with the same false narrative — that because there are some intolerant Israelis, there is "a broad phenomenon of racism in all of Israeli society."

Of course, this is an example of how Israel is held to a separate and unequal standard because, as CAMERA noted:

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Ben Dror Yemini Points out Anti-Israel Bias in Textbook Study

by: Contributing Writer

Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 04:09:31 AM EST

(CAMERA) Ben Dror Yemini delves into the controversial study of Israeli and Palestinian textbooks, and makes some interesting points:

Let's leave aside the professor's political opinions for the moment and examine the research itself. I obtained memos written by two members of the study's Scientific Advisory Panel, Professors Amnon Groiss and Elihu Richter. While the research was still ongoing, these two scholars highlighted substantial methodological flaws and the "omission of more than forty significant texts" that appear in Palestinian school books. To be clear, the omitted texts are precisely those that contain the highest degrees of incitement ("invading snakes"; "the enemies that split open women's bellies" etc. etc.) The demand that these texts be included was turned down with the excuse that it was not clear that the words referred to Israelis or Jews.

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Yahoo Runs Deceiving Photo with Reuters Article

by: Contributing Writer

Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 07:48:26 AM EST


(CAMERA) A Reuters article was posted yesterday on yahoo.com,with the headline"Israel Hits Target in Syria Border Area: Sources" under which was posted a large photo of children carrying a dead body. The Israeli strike was on a Syrian convoy transferring weapons to the Hezbollah terrorist group in Lebanon. And the photo, in fact, had no connection whatsoever to the article about the Israeli strike.

We traced the origin of the photo. It was taken by a Reuters stringer on Jan. 25, 2012 and it showed children carrying the body of a friend that was killed by shelling during heavy fighting between the Free Syrian Army and the forces of Syrian President Bashar al Assad in Jobar district of Damascus. Here is the screen capture of the article, as it appeared around noon, Jan. 30, 2013 on Yahoo's news site.

The question is who at YAHOO made the decision to run an old photo falsely insinuating that Israelis were responsible for the death of a child? It represents journalistic bias at its worst.  

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New York Times and Ha'aretz Get An F In E-1 Geography

by: Publisher

Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 09:06:49 AM EST

With Israel's announcement that it plans to proceed with construction in Area E-1, east of Jerusalem, earlier falsehoods about that land reemerge. Thus, Ha'aretz reports that construction in E-1
would effectively bisect the West Bank and sever the physical link between the Palestinian territories and Jerusalem.

Similarly, the New York Times reports:
Construction in E1, in West Bank territory that Israel captured in the 1967 war, would connect the large Jewish settlement of Maale Adumim to Jerusalem, dividing the West Bank in two. The Palestinian cities of Ramallah and Bethlehem would be cut off from the capital, making the contiguous Palestinian state endorsed by the United Nations last week virtually impossible.

So is it true that construction in E-1 would bisect the West Bank, and severing Palestinian contiguity, and cutting off Palestinian areas from Jerusalem? The answer is no. As CAMERA pointed out in 2005 (The Contiguity Double Standard):
Palestinian contiguity in the West Bank would be no more cut off with the so-called E-1 corridor than would Israeli contiguity if Israel were to withdraw to its pre-1967 borders, even with slight modifications.
Here's why. First, take a look at this map of the region.

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Correction of Correction Still Incorrect: If I Forget Thee Jerusalem

by: Publisher

Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 23:09:35 PM EDT

In April, we published an article by CAMERA about a correction The Guardian, a British national daily newspaper based in London, issued for a photo caption appearing on April 20 which inadvertently revealed that Jerusalem was the capital of Israel.

On April 23, The Guardian issued this correction:

The caption on a photograph featuring passengers on a tram in Jerusalem observing a two-minute silence for Yom HaShoah, a day of remembrance for the 6 million Jews who died in the Holocaust, wrongly referred to the city as the Israeli capital. The Guardian style guide states: "Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel; Tel Aviv is".

Pressure continues to mount against the Guardian,
The watchdog group HonestReporting filed a complaint with the UK Press Complaints Commission, which ruled that the newspaper could refer to Tel Aviv as Israel's capital and was not in breach of accuracy clauses.

HonestReporting then launched legal proceedings against the commission.

Under pressure from the commission, The Guardian issued a correction and changed its style guide. The correction does, however, assert that Israel's designation of Jerusalem as its capital is not recognized by the international community.


The correction issued Wednesday by The Guardian reads:
A correction to a picture caption said we should not have described Jerusalem as the Israeli capital. It went on to relay the advice in our style guide that the capital was Tel Aviv. In 1980 the Israeli Knesset enacted a law designating the city of Jerusalem, including East Jerusalem, as the country's capital. In response, the UN Security Council issued resolution 478, censuring the 'change in character and status of the Holy City of Jerusalem' and calling on all member states with diplomatic missions in the city to withdraw. The UN has reaffirmed this position on several occasions, and almost every country now has its embassy in Tel Aviv. While it was therefore right to issue a correction to make clear Israel's designation of Jerusalem as its capital is not recognized by the international community, we accept that it is wrong to state that Tel Aviv — the country's financial and diplomatic centre — is the capital. The style guide has been amended accordingly.

This "correction" actually creates more confusion than it clears up. The 1980 Jerusalem Law does extend the border of Jerusalem to include East Jerusalem. However, the law does not make Jerusalem the capital of Israel.

It was already the capital of Israel.

Israeli Prime Minister Ben Gurion declared Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel on January 4, 1950.

Jerusalem is not only the capital city of Israel and of world Jewry, it should also become, according to the word of the prophets, the spiritual capital of the entire world.
Shortly thereafter on January 23, 1950, the Knesset confirmed this choice.

If other countries object to Israel having annexed East Jerusalem in 1980, this should not have any impact on whether or not Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. Except for a brief period in 1949, the Knesset has always convened in West Jerusalem. Claiming that Jerusalem is not the seat of Israel's government is simply being blind to reality.

Furthermore, even if one is somehow grant that Israel has no right to choose its own capital. What gives The Guardian the right to choose Israel's capital in its place? Tel Aviv is no more the capital of Israel than is Haifa or Eilat or London for that matter.

"Correction": The first paragraph of this article wrongly referred to London as the place of publication of The Guardian. The "Philadelphia Jewish Voice style guide" states: "London is not the headquarters of The Guardian; Tel Aviv is".

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AFP, When the Egyptian-Israeli Peace Treaty?

by: Publisher

Mon Jun 25, 2012 at 08:48:44 AM EDT

While some are raising concerns about the future of the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty now that the Muslim Brotherhood candidate has won Egypt's presidential race, AFP has a different issue with the historic bilateral agreement. Today AFP refers to "1980, the year after Cairo signed its peace agreement with Tel Aviv." (Emphasis added.)

AFP would hardly be the first to relocate Israel's capital from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv, but the misinformation is all the more jarring in light of then-President Anwar Sadat's unprecedented trip to Jerusalem in 1978, paving the way to the Egyptian-Israeli peace agreement.

Perhaps AFP would do well to review its own archives from that time, including this AFP photograph of Sadat addressing the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, in the capital city, Jerusalem:

AFP's own caption reads:

Egyptian President Anwar al-Sadat (L) addresses the Knesset (Israeli parliament) in Jerusalem 20 November 1977 during his historic visit to Israel, as Israeli Premier Yitzhak Begin (C) listens to him. Thirty years ago, the Egyptian leader became the first Arab leader to visit the Jewish state. AFP PHOTO/FILES

Anwar Sadat's obituary in the New York Times states:
Eleven days before Mr. Sadat made his trip to Jerusalem, he said in Cairo that he was willing to go to ''the ends of the earth,'' and even to the Israeli Parliament, in the cause of peace. The Israeli Government made known that he was welcome in Jerusalem, and after complex negotiations he flew there, although a state of war still existed between the two nations.

His eyes were moist and his lips taut with suppressed emotion as he arrived, but his Arabic was firm and resonant when, hours later, he told the hushed Israeli Parliament, ''If you want to live with us in this part of the world, in sincerity I tell you that we welcome you among us with all security and safety.

In 1978, the leader of the Egyptian nation, which at the time was in a state of war with Israel, could bring himself to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, but in 2012, AFP cannot?

Reprinted from CAMERA

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Methodists Reject Divestment, But Tolerate Anti-Semitic Rant

by: Publisher

Thu May 03, 2012 at 18:26:27 PM EDT


CAMERA reports:

For the past several days, the United Methodist Church has been meeting in Tampa, Florida for its General Convention that is held every four years. At this convention, the delegates approved a resolution calling for a boycott of Israeli products made in the West Bank.

The assembly also rejected a resolution that would require the denomination's Board of Pensions and Health Benefits to sell its stock in three companies that do business with Israel — Caterpillar, Hewlett Packard and Motorola.

Yesterday's video of processeds regarding these two resolutions:

The defeat of the divestment proposal was a bitter pill to swallow for many of the activists that descended on the UMC's General Convention. Jewish Voice for Peace was out in force at the assembly, as were a number of anti-Israel activists from inside the denomination.

As is to be expected at the national assembly of any mainline church in the United States, the proceedings bespoke of a monomaniacal obsession on the alleged sins of the Jewish state and absolute silence about the misdeeds of other countries in the region.

Search the legislation before the assembly for resolutions regarding Coptic Christians in Egypt or Assyrians in Iraq and you will find nothing.

One of the more outrageous moments of the assembly took place after it became apparent that the proposal to demand that the UMC sell stock in the three companies mentioned above was not going to pass. A woman who introduced herself as Margaret Novak said the following to the gathered assembly:

I would just ask us all to imagine we were United Methodists in the 1930s and 40s [and] that our Board of Pensions held stock in the very successful manufacturing firms in Germany that bid and received the bids to manufacture the ovens for the concentration camps. At what point would we decide it was time to divest? How much evidence would we ask for before it was time to stop the wholesale destruction of people?

Source: Video of 2nd Session +0:05:47 to +0:06:37

The moderator did not call her out of order, but merely asked if her speech was for or against the non-divestment resolution then before the assembly. (She was against.)

Margaret Novak compared Israeli policies in the West Bank to the destruction of Jews in Europe. She made this statement in front of several hundred people and the moderator of the assembly let her statement pass unchallenged.

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If I Forget Thee Jerusalem...

by: Publisher

Wed Apr 25, 2012 at 16:57:20 PM EDT

The Guardian: "Jerusalem is not the Capital of Israel, Tel Aviv is"

CAMERA and many others routinely expose the subterfuge at the heart of The Guardian's coverage of Israel. This deceit was clearly demonstrated in a correction issued for a photo caption appearing on April 20 which inadvertently revealed that Jerusalem was the capital of Israel.

On April 23, The Guardian issued this correction:

The caption on a photograph featuring passengers on a tram in Jerusalem observing a two-minute silence for Yom HaShoah, a day of remembrance for the 6 million Jews who died in the Holocaust, wrongly referred to the city as the Israeli capital. The Guardian style guide states: "Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel; Tel Aviv is".

Israel's Knesset and government resides in Jerusalem. That is a material fact. The Guardian could have remained consistent with its hostile stance towards Israel by stating that the paper does not recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. But to deny reality by stating that Tel Aviv is the capital, when it demonstrably is not, provides an example of a news source allowing dogma to overrule physical reality. It is even more ironic that the photo caption dealt with the Holocaust, an incontrovertible reality subject to denial by individuals inimically hostile to Jewish interests.

Reprinted courtesy of CAMERA

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Ha'aretz's Lousy Headline

by: Publisher

Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 09:20:35 AM EDT

From CAMERA:

Yet again, Ha'aretz provides an example of how its distorted coverage provides fodder to anti-Israel writers abroad. Yesterday Ha'aretz's Web site published the following headline:

This dismal headline implies that the Israeli army is seeking to upgrade means in which to harm civilian populations. Indeed, one must read the article itself several times to understand the new brigade's actual purpose: to increase precision of attacks on combatants so as to minimize harm to civilians. But the dismal online headline, coupled with the lack of clarity in the article itself, points falsely instead to IDF intentions to massacre, a notion that anti-Israel blogger Richard Silverstein jumps on.

One need only look at the English print edition for a straight-forward headline: "IDF plans to set up first short-range rocket battalion." Ha'aretz editors take note: an accurate subheadline would read: "New rockets would reduce casualties among non-combatants during strikes against terrorist targets in populated areas."

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What Do Romney And The New York Times Have In Common?

by: Publisher

Mon Mar 12, 2012 at 08:56:03 AM EDT


They both take liberties with their "quotes."

President Obama's AIPAC speech last week was well received on both sides of aisle, but perhaps the New York Times found it message standing up to the Iranian nuclear program a little too clear, and sought to muddy the waters. Helen Cooper wrote

CAMERA: Mr. Obama, who has often lamented the United States' invasion of Iraq in 2003, made reference to European and American intelligence assessments that have found no evidence that Iran has decided to pursue a nuclear weapon.

A March 6 page-one story by Mark Landler in the International Herald Tribune made the same claim (in virtually the same words). And, yet, you can watch or read the speech until Ahmadinejad is a Zionist and still you will not find a single reference to European or American intelligence assessments that have found no evidence that Iran has decided to build a nuclear weapon.

Similarly, Gov. Mitt Romney has earned a reputation for playing fast and lose with his "quotes" when the actual source does not quite fit his narrative.

The Romney campaigns very first television  ad earned a Pants on Fire rating from Polifact. According to Think Progress, Romney
Romney Campaign TV Ad

Thinkprogress Parody Ad

dishonestly presents a 2008 McCain campaign quote as the words of President Obama. The ad features a voice-over of Obama saying "if we keep talking about the economy, we're going to lose." Then-candidate Obama indeed said those words, perhaps dozens of times during the closing month of the 2008 campaign. The only problem? Obama was actually quoting the words of a strategist from Sen. John McCain's campaign.

Another eyebrow-raising moment in the ad comes when it attacks "record foreclosures," despite the fact that Romney's stated housing policy is "don't try and stop the foreclosure process."

Politico reports that the Romney campaign is asserting that its ad was intentionally deceptive and dishonest. "We used that quote intentionally," Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstorm said.

ThinkProgress has produced a parody ad, using Romney's own standards for accuracy.


Here is the actual October 2008 Obama quote in context. The portion used by Romney is in bold:
Even as we face the most serious economic crisis of our time, even as you are worried about keeping your jobs or paying your bills or staying in your homes, my opponent's campaign announced earlier this month that they want to 'turn the page' on the discussion about our economy so they can spend the final weeks of this election attacking me instead. Sen. McCain's campaign actually said, and I quote, 'If we keep talking about the economy, we're going to lose.'"

Well, New Hampshire, last night we had a debate. I think you saw a bit of the McCain attack strategy in action. But here's what Senator McCain doesn't seem to understand. With the economy in turmoil and the American Dream at risk, the American people don't want to hear politicians attack each other - you want to hear about how we're going to attack the challenges facing middle class families each and every day. You want to hear about the issues that matter in your lives. You want to hear about how we're going to bring about the change that we desperately need for our country. That's what the American people want to hear.


Even when Romney is being endorsed by newspapers, he is very selective in editing the endorsement to remove any sign of hesitation by the newspaper emailing that endorsement to the voters. According to Ryan Lizza at the New Yorker, the Romney campaign "has no better friend than the ellipsis".

Examples of some of the fine redaction by the eager staff at the Romney Campaign follow the jump.

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The Economist's Red Light Libel

by: Publisher

Sun Oct 03, 2010 at 17:24:06 PM EDT




The Economist and Al Jazeera accuse Israel of creating racist traffic lights which "flick green only briefly for car from Palestinian districts while staying green for car from Jewish settlements for minutes." CAMERA (Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America) debunk this libel in the video to the right.

Also read CAMERA's article by Yishai Goldflam, Ricki Hollander and Gilead Ini.

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Delegitimization

by: Publisher

Mon Sep 13, 2010 at 07:17:15 AM EDT


Reprinted courtesy of Yaakov (Dry Bones) Kirschen www.DryBonesBlog.blogspot.com.  
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