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The Times, The Guardian Misrepresent Conflict

From subtle to egregious, major media outlets drop the ball

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Front Page of the New York Times(Adam Chandler)

If you’re one of the millions of people to pick up the New York Times this morning then you, like me, saw the layout above.

The first issue is the front page’s biggest headline “Israel and Hamas Step Up Air Attacks in Gaza Clash,” which one could argue makes no distinction between Israel’s pursuit of terrorist targets and missile stockpiles and the intention of Hamas to fire indiscriminately upon a civilian population.

Fixed beneath this headline are two pictures of the war dead. The first picture is from the Gaza City funeral of terrorist Ahmed Jabari, who was honored as a martyr after being killed by Israel on Wednesday afternoon. Jabari was killed for being a Hamas strongman, who directed terror activity for a decade and was one of the central figures in the planning of the Gilad Shalit kidnapping.

Beneath his picture is the picture of the body of Mina Scharf, a 25-year-old mother of three, who worked for Chabad in New Delhi, India and who was one of three civilians killed when a Hamas rocket struck a residential building in Kiryat Malachi. Her only crime was being a victim of the weather. Scharf’s husband had planned to attend the Kinus Hashluchim Chabad gathering in New York, but had been held up by a snowstorm. According to Vosizneias, had her husband been able to attend, Scharf would have stayed with her family in Jerusalem instead of staying at her home in Kiryat Malachi, where she was found after a Hamas rocket crashed into her building.

This was a subtle flubbing of war coverage compared to the Guardian, which published this cartoon by Steve Bell:

The Guardian here reverts to the dangerous and ancient trope of Jew as international puppet-master with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu depicted controlling British Foreign Secretary William Hague and Mideast Envoy Tony Blair.

As Liam Hoare writes:

When it comes to matters Israeli and Palestinian, The Guardian maintains a transparent editorial slant, one which favours highlighting the injustices perpetuated against Palestinians over those inflicted upon Israelis. I know this to be a fair perception because I can read. There is nothing necessarily heinous about this. After all, a news organisation is free to maintain any editorial bias it wishes. In doing so, it is only reflecting the sensibility of its readership, provided it does so within certain boundaries of taste, civility, and fair play.

This cartoon, however, is a clear instance where to say The Guardian has crossed the frontier between decency and obscenity would be to understate things. Here, the paper has lent its imprimatur to something that is so crassly anti-Semitic, that reinforces one of the worst tropes people have used against the Jewish people for hundreds of years, one has to wonder how on Earth it got through the various stages of the editorial process.

So do I.

Earlier: Dispatch from Kinus Hashluchim
Israel and Hamas Step Up Air Attacks in Gaza Clash
[NYT]
Kiryat Malachi Rocket Attack Victims Mourned By Friends and Family [Vosizneias]
Steve Bell on Hague-Blair Role in Gaza Clash [Guardian]

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Oh, The Guardian. Well, don’t forget, the former editor of Comment is Free, an unregenerate Stalinist named Seumas Milne, has been credibly accused of having spent time training with Palestinian terrorists in his salad days, an allegation whose claim for veracity is bolstered by his apparent habit of boasting about it among friends at cocktail parties. Steve Bell is just one of their sous-chefs, churning out the same predictable antisemitc fare, year in and year out. Check out his tribute to Yasir Arafat on his death. It’s questionable which is funnier, the magic carpet fashioned from a Palestinian flag on which Arafat is borne, or the peace sign he is making.

The Guardian nailed it just exactly right.

jacob_arnon says:

If it’s an antisemitic article, cartoon, or letter,the Stalinist Yenta Yevak is for it.

jacob_arnon says:

Here is Yenta Yevka again with his/her usual salon antisemitic parody of the conflict from Salon.

Hey, Yenta, Yevka, I know were Salon is and if I and (others here ) wanted to read antisemitic screeds we know where to find them.

Don’t need the help of a hate filled Stalinist like you.

jacob_arnon says:

Here is Yenta Yevka again with his/her usual salon antisemitic parody of the conflict from Salon.

Hey, Yenta, Yevka, I know were Salon is and if I and (others here ) wanted to read antisemitic screeds we know where to find them.

Don’t need the help of a hate filled Stalinist like you.

fred capio says:

No other country has been so treacherous for so long to the Jewish people like the fraudulent british (not capitalized on purpose). But they are about to pay the price, soon…

You keep saying that word. I do not think you know what it means.

jacob_arnon says:

Keep using what word? Yenta? Stalinist? or antisemitic?

herbcaen says:

Steve Bell has written anti-semitic cartoons before. He lacks the talent of Julius Streicher or Joe Goebbels

emunadate says:

Antisemitism is alive and well for centuries and unfortunately it seems it will continue…http://www.emunadate.net/2012/02/exhibition-jew-in-antisiemitic-art.html

genelevit says:

NYT is not an antisemitic newspaper; it is just a “progressive” newspaper and as a true “progressive” it bases its reports on the main concept of social justice – the concept of the “universal equality”: “everybody is equal – blacks and whites, Jews and Arabs, Hamas and IDF”. What if somebody is not equal? What if somebody kills a criminal and another – just the mother of 3 children? In such case the concept of the “universal equality” demands correction: in order to equalize both the killers of the criminal must kill in addition 10 more mothers. The Jewish fighters for the social justice are appalled: “this is not true, it is not the same, there is the difference between intentional killings and accidents and so on, for which they are rightfully accused in hypocrisy from their fellow non-Jewish “progressives”: universal justice demands universal equality, there is no exception for the Jewish soldiers and Arab terrorists – they all must be equal. NYT

Antisemitic. The only Yenta I know is the matchmaker from Fiddler on the Roof, so I can’t tell if you’re using that right, and I never click on any of yevka’s links, so I don’t know if they’re really a Stalinist.

Pam Green says:

If you don’t click on the links, and don’t know if they’re really Stalinist, how can you complain that Jacob is misusing the word ‘anti-Semitic’?

pvbella says:

Liberals have sided with the Palestinians for decades. They will always misrepresent the facts to make the criminal look like the victim. The new trope is referring to Jerusalem as the “so-called capital of Israel” or worse, like CNN did, stating Jerusalem’s status as Israel’s capital is in “dispute”. The NYT and their anti-Semitic liberals and progressive brethren will do anything and everything to support the criminals and terrorists over the legitimate state.

pvbella says:

Progressives are anti-Semitic.

Not all the posts contain links.

Pam Green says:

So read her past posts! Do your homework! Then try to defend Yevka’s bigotry.

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