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Michael Berenhaus

Inaccuracies abound in WaPo article on Israel/Gaza

In “Israeli drone strike inside Lebanon targets senior Hamas member” (2/11/24), The Washington Post is once again forcing their ‘corrections’ department to work overtime.
The article states that “at least 28,064 people have been killed [in Gaza] …since the war began, according to the Gaza Health Ministry.” Several corrections are needed in just that one sentence! The death toll figure has not been independently verified. The Post typically uses such words of disclaimer solely on occasions when they describe the actions of Israelis but not when they report the acts of Palestinians.  More significantly – the casualty number includes Hamas terrorists! Further, the Gaza Health Ministry is run by the terrorist organization Hamas, which is fighting largely a propaganda war since they have no hope militarily. Therefore, at the minimum, the casualty figure requires a disclaimer. Washington Post please correct.
Another needed correction pertains to The Post quote: “the Israeli military said it had uncovered a tunnel that passes beneath UNRWA’s main headquarters and was used by Hamas.” According to other news services with reporters who actually visited the site, the Israeli military didn’t just “say” it passed underneath the UNRWA main headquarters; journalists saw it.  According to Media Line, “it was apparent that at least a part of the tunnel ran beneath the UNRWA compound, according to an Associated Press report.” There was also video of the tunnels in the UNRWA compound.
The Washington Post anti-Israel bias is incessant – and the Post corrections department should be equally incessant, making up for their errors.
About the Author
Dr. Berenhaus has worked tirelessly as a watchdog for anti-Israel bias in the media. His efforts monitoring and responding to false media reports on Israel have compelled several news organizations to retract inaccuracies and publish letters clarifying the truth about Israel. He has been published widely in highly distributed newspapers and online publications including The Washington Post, The NY Times, The Economist, The Baltimore Sun, The Washington Jewish Week, and The American Thinker. He is a crusader in online/social media working to educate the general public as an advocate of Israel and against anti-Semitism. Dr. Berenhaus is a co-founder of ‘Boycott The Post’ and of ‘Eye on the Post’ - two non-profit organizations that monitor media coverage to ensure accuracy, fairness and truth as it relates to Israel. He is also a founder of The Pakistan Israel Peace Forum, an organization dedicated to creating peace between Muslims and Jews. Although many people in the Washington Jewish community know Dr. Berenhaus for his work in journalism, most don't know how generous he is to the Jewish community with both his time and money. Dr. Berenhaus has spent countless hours throughout the years volunteering for Israel and Jewish organizations. He went to Ethiopia and worked with the last remaining Ethiopian Jews. He has lectured to Interns and community groups providing direction and techniques for Israel Advocacy in the media. Currently, Dr. Berenhaus is working with JSSA to coordinate and donate eye glasses to the entire Washington DC region of needy Holocaust Survivors. That effort has now been expanded nationally.
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