Author Archives: Simon Plosker

Only Israel is “Hard-Line” According to AP

Israel’s coalition government doesn’t always speak with one voice when it comes to dealing with the Palestinian issue. But why does the Associated Press refer to it as “hard-line”? Members of Israel’s hard-line government have questioned Abbas’ readiness to make peace. But ahead of Monday’s meeting, Abbas received a boost of support from Israeli President

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It’s Just “Tit-For-Tat” For the Financial Times

While its actual article doesn’t employ such terminology, the Financial Times’ subhead on its Middle East news page raises some eyebrows: “Tit-for-tat” expresses a false moral equivalence between Palestinian terrorists initiating the firing of rockets towards Israeli civilian targets and Israeli counter-measures to protect its civilians. Suspiciously similar to the all too familiar “cycle of

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Only Israel to Blame In UNRWA’s Eyes

UNRWA’s deputy commissioner-general Margot Ellis writes on The Guardian’s Comment is Free how the greater media focus on Syria has impacted UNRWA’s fundraising ability for emergency projects for Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank: Aid money follows the cameras. Cameras follow conflict. Syria is no exception. … Gaza hit the headlines during the upsurge in

AFP Retracts False Palestinian Charge

It’s all too easy to accuse Israel of any crime you can imagine, especially when the media rely on unnamed Palestinian sources for their stories. Take this from AFP under the headline “Palestinian dies after Israel troops fire on his car“: A Palestinian died on Tuesday after Israeli troops fired on his car near Tulkarem in the

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Guardian Headline Screams Bias

What would you think if you saw this in The Guardian? A headline referring to discrimination against women in the workplace plus a photo of Benjamin Netanyahu in the Knesset would suggest a serious problem for women’s rights in Israel. It’s only when you look at the rest of the article that you will see

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Guardian Removes “Jewish Lobby” Reference

The Guardian’s report on the IDF capture of an Iranian weapons ship contained the following paragraph: The reference to a “powerful Jewish lobby” is insidious as well as inaccurate (AIPAC is not an exclusively Jewish organization). HonestReporting Managing Editor Simon Plosker tweeted the following to The Guardian’s Middle East Editor Ian Black: CiF Watch also

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