Add news
March 2010
April 2010
May 2010June 2010July 2010
August 2010
September 2010October 2010
November 2010
December 2010
January 2011
February 2011March 2011April 2011May 2011June 2011July 2011August 2011September 2011October 2011November 2011December 2011January 2012February 2012March 2012April 2012May 2012June 2012July 2012August 2012September 2012October 2012November 2012December 2012January 2013February 2013March 2013April 2013May 2013June 2013July 2013August 2013September 2013October 2013November 2013December 2013January 2014February 2014March 2014April 2014May 2014June 2014July 2014August 2014September 2014October 2014November 2014December 2014January 2015February 2015March 2015April 2015May 2015June 2015July 2015August 2015September 2015October 2015November 2015December 2015January 2016February 2016March 2016April 2016May 2016June 2016July 2016August 2016September 2016October 2016November 2016December 2016January 2017February 2017March 2017April 2017May 2017June 2017July 2017August 2017September 2017October 2017November 2017December 2017January 2018February 2018March 2018April 2018May 2018June 2018July 2018August 2018September 2018October 2018November 2018December 2018January 2019February 2019March 2019April 2019May 2019June 2019July 2019August 2019September 2019October 2019November 2019December 2019January 2020February 2020March 2020April 2020May 2020June 2020July 2020
1234567891011
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
News Every Day |

New York Times Revives Apartheid Charge Against Israel Amid Anti-Annexation Push

A taxi passes by in front of The New York Times head office, Feb. 7, 2013. Photo: Reuters / Carlo Allegri / File.

The New York Times is up to its old tricks — and even some new ones — in a no-holds-barred campaign against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s West Bank annexation plans.

The bias and tendentiousness of the Times‘ news coverage is clear right from the subheadline of a recent news article. The subheadline warns, “Unilaterally taking territory the Palestinians have counted on for a state could cement Benjamin Netanyahu’s legacy. It could also destabilize the region.”

The Times‘ obsession with stability, rather than freedom or justice, is one of its many double standards imposed on Israel. It’s actually a quadruple standard, or a double double standard.

One way is that the Times isn’t worried about stability when it comes to causes the Times supports, such as the Black Lives Matter protests or even demonstrations in favor of the rule of law in Hong Kong. It’s only Israel and the surrounding Arab dictatorships where the Times makes a fetish of stability.

A second way is that the Times often bemoans the status quo in the Middle East, for which it often blames Israel. Yet when Israel considers a policy choice the Times opposes, such as annexation, all of a sudden anything that might disturb that status quo is a threat to the treasured stability.

The Times article uses adjectives to signal sneakily which side Times readers should support. The article reports that “a growing chorus of respected former Israeli military, intelligence and diplomatic officials is denouncing any unilateral annexation as a grave risk to Israel’s security.” It also refers to “a prominent group of opponents, Commanders for Israel’s Security.”

Opponents of annexation get “respected” and “prominent,” while proponents get showered with no such admiring treatment. This is a classic Times trick: we’ve noted in the past that the Times describes the foreign minister of Iran, Mohammad Javad Zarif, as “the urbane, American-educated diplomat,” while usually neglecting to mention Netanyahu’s American education. Instead Netanyahu is described as “brash,” as well as loquacious” and “usually taciturn,” two diametrically opposed terms.

The Times article about the possibility of annexation goes on to report that “the German foreign minister flew to Jerusalem last week to urge Israel to stand down.” The Times does not stop for a second to take note of the irony that Germany has Poland as a buffer to stop Russian tanks from rolling in from its east, plus a NATO garrison that consists largely of U.S. troops. Not to mention the gall of Germans, who exterminated 6 million Jews in the Holocaust, second-guessing Israel on national security.

The Times goes on to say that, “relegating the Palestinians to self-government in confined areas — places Israeli critics have likened to ‘bantustans’ — could close the door to a viable state, forcing Israel to choose between granting Palestinians citizenship and leaving them in an apartheidlike second-class status indefinitely.”

It’s unusual to see the “apartheidlike” accusation in the Times’ own voice in a news article. This one ran on page one in some editions. It shows how far the Times has traveled on the issue: Back in 2007, when former President Jimmy Carter published his book, Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, a Times review justifiably faulted Carter for “the word ‘apartheid’ in the title, with its false echo of the racist policies of the old South Africa.”

And the Times’ own op-ed columnist, Bret Stephens, has written, “the comparison of Israel to apartheid South Africa is unfair to the former and an insult to the victims of the latter.” It’s a revival of the Soviet-era “Zionism is racism” lie, and a lie that is particularly pernicious in the current era of heightened consciousness against racism in America.

Reasonable people may have different views of whether Netanyahu should go ahead with annexation. But it shouldn’t be controversial that paying New York Times readers should be able to obtain news coverage of the issue that doesn’t abandon journalistic neutrality and veer instead into outright cheerleading for the opponents of annexation.

Ira Stoll was managing editor of The Forward and North American editor of The Jerusalem Post. His media critique, a regular Algemeiner feature, can be found here.



Read also

Schenectady County coronavirus update

LinkedIn sued over allegation it secretly reads Apple users’ clipboard content

Vanessa Guillen murder raises questions about how female service members are treated



News, articles, comments, with a minute-by-minute update, now on Today24.pro




Today24.pro — latest news 24/7. You can add your news instantly now — here