In 2005, when Britain suffered a quite sharp rise in Anti-Semitic attacks the Israeli government said Anti-Israel media coverage is to blame. The Diaspora Affairs cabinet member at the time Natan Sharansky said “years of hostile reporting and commentary about Israel…is now spilling into the streets.” A Sharansky advisor commented, “You can’t brainwash people for four years that Israel is an illegitimate country and that Israelis are like the Nazis and that Israelis are monsters and expect that nothing will happen to Jews.” Indeed, for every action there is a reaction.
Following this weekend’s New York Times feature by an anti-Zionist who encouraged a violent uprising against Israel with the article “If There is a Third Intifada, We Want to be the Ones who Started It”, can anyone dispute the media bears part of the responsibility when Arabs increase their violence against Israelis? In the Middle East, it isnt an academic exercise – real people re hurt, maimed and killed during any “Intifada.”
This article was a call for violent uprising against Israel. Are rock-throwers indeed non-violent? Would rock-throwing protesters be treated as “non-violent”? They wouldn’t and shouldn’t be. (Watch this video showing that Rocks Kill People.)
This article glorified violence as it mentioned in passing that a poster of Jerusalem hung in the Tamimi family living room. Indeed, they want to destroy all of Israel – not just the “West Bank.” The article says “In mid-November, Israeli rockets began falling on Gaza”, and overlooks the fact that thousands of rockets fell on Israeli cities. Is responding to terrorists the same as “rockets fell on Gaza”?
As Arnold Roth said whose daughter was killed at the Sbarros bombing by a terrorist related to the family portrayed in NYT, this article was “pure advocacy journalism. If consumers of the news believe they are being given objective reality when they read and view what is served up to them, they are unaware of just how ill-informed and agenda-driven so many of the practitioners in the news-packaging industries are.”
This media bias harms Israel and it is simply wrong and dangerous.
As CEO of a PR firm, I hope others in the media, Jewish community and government stand up and urge the media to stop calling for violence.