Michael Berenhaus

WaPo Anti-Israel Bias in Full Display

It’s hard to imagine that a large contingent of Americans would side with a group that murders and takes babies hostage, and then even further, complains when the other side attempts to defeat the source of their baby killers. It seems inexplicable! But those are the Hamas supporters! Further, they have the Washington Post in tandem.

In “Michigan’s Arabs and Muslims push to defeat Biden in critical state” (2/1/24), The Washington Post continues to challenge Israel’s credibility and prop up Hamas’. In Hamas’ propaganda war, it’s no coincidence. That is their strategy. They try to defeat Israel through the pressure of world opinion.

The Post states that on “October 7, … Hamas militants rampage through Israel’s border fence with Gaza, killing about 1200 Israelis and taking 253 hostages, according to the latest count from the Israeli government” (italics added). However, when it came to Hamas’ casualty count, the Post presented it this way:  “Israel launched a punishing retaliatory military campaign that has killed more than 26,000 Palestinians.” They take Hamas for their word – without qualifier – but insinuate doubt about Israel. How more blatant a bias — or rather an allegiance — can there be?

Further, what Israel did was not “retaliation!” The Post attempts to mislead the reader with that claim. Israel’s military operation is not vindictive, as the Post implies; it’s an act of self-defense to ensure that Oct. 7 never happens again. It’s the primary job of any nation – to protect its citizens. This redirection by The Washington Post article is a shameful departure from journalistic ethics. If they can’t be honest about this conflict, they should recuse themselves from reporting on it.

The Post said that Michigan voters were disillusioned about voting for Biden since Biden stated that “Hamas had beheaded babies, a claim for which there has been no evidence.” However, Politifact documented several eyewitness reports of such beheadings. In addition, there was plenty of evidence of barbarism absent from the article that could have responded to the voters’ protests. For example, Hamas paraded pictures showing beheadings of adults, evidence that they murdered and burned babies, and evidence that children were tied up and shot. None of that was mentioned in the article.

Throughout the article there were claims of deaths of family members of Gazans, an unfortunate reality when their militants shoot from behind, below and around their citizens. Further, Hamas doesn’t provide shelters for their citizens, only for themselves. There is hardly any mention of this despicable act of sacrificing their citizens in any news source. And this is yet another piece of evidence that makes one ponder how any sane person – much less our elite universities — can side with Hamas!

When the Post mentions these claims of deaths of Gazan family members, once again they do not question, or qualify the veracity of the accounts. They must know well that all reports emanating out of Gaza must be vetted by Hamas. Any public comment critical of Hamas uttered by a Gaza resident would put the offender on death’s doorstep.

Conversely, when discussing the butchery of Israelis on October 7, the Post downplays the facts. They state, “according to some reports, some women were sexually assaulted.” That’s “some” twice in one sentence – is that a record? Why don’t they ask the released female hostages who were sexually assaulted? Didn’t The Post watch the video of Israeli women taken hostage bleeding from their privates?

The Washington Post should be on the Hamas payroll … if they aren’t already. If Hamas were to win (by remaining in power), the Post should get an ‘honorable mention.’ It’s hard to imagine that this was once a great newspaper.

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.