Yisrael Medad
Analyst and commentator on political and cultural issues.

On the Use of “Alleged”

Have you ever noticed the use of the adjective term “alleged” when issues connected to activity of Arabs-called-Palestinians?

Here is one I read Saturday evening:

“Palestinian president issues apology over his alleged anti-Jewish speech”

That came from the AFP, a known pro-Arab news outfit. But appearing in the UK’s Telegraph, without that paper’s editorial oversight, it becomes, well, influential.

I can understand that when a court case is involved, to be circumspect is advisable.

However, the use of that term seems to be quite useful when reporting on the Arabs-called-Palestinians:

But can you imagine if someone would suggest that the Arabs who reside in this area are really but “alleged Palestinians”?

What an outcry would erupt.

If the news media cannot recognize anti-Semitic statements and pronouncements for what they are, they have lost any claim to objectivity and reliability.


About the Author
Yisrael Medad, currently is a Research Fellow at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem and Deputy Editor of the English Language Anthology of Jabotinsky's Writings. American-born, he and his wife made Aliyah in 1970. He resides in Shiloh since 1981. He was a member of the Betar Youth Movement World Executive and is a volunteer spokesperson for the Yesha Council. He holds a MA in Political Science from the Hebrew University and is active is many Zionist and Jewish projects and initiatives.
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