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Financial Times Unilaterally Decides on Israel’s Capital

In an article covering British Foreign Secretary William Hague’s visit to Israel, the Financial Times (registration required) writes: Tel Aviv continues to press Britain for reform of its laws on “universal jurisdiction”, under which any UK citizen can apply to a court for the arrest of visiting foreign officials on alleged war crimes. While Tel Aviv is

The Times: Reinterpreting International Law

When do journalists become experts in “international law”? The Times’s James Hider writes an analysis piece “Geneva Conventions give the lie to Israeli stance on new settlements“. Putting aside one’s personal views on the desirability or otherwise of Israeli settlements, it is a particularly inappropriate turn of phrase in the headline to accuse Israel of lying.

Breaking the Silence: More Rumour and Hearsay

Will the media never learn? In March 2009, Ha’aretz published a story alleging “war crimes” and serious ethical failures on the part of the IDF in Gaza. Predictably, many international media outlets repeated the allegations without bothering to do any rudimentary checks. Subsequently, it was revealed that the soldiers’ testimonies were based on nothing more than rumors

Nahal Oz: A Case Study in Flawed Reporting

A brief survey of some UK media’s coverage of a Palestinian terror attack on the Nahal Oz fuel depot identifies some examples of subtle bias and weak reporting. Skewed headlines: “Israel hits back after two die in crossing attack“: Despite the fact that Palestinian terrorists instigated this fatal cross-border attack on Nahal Oz, The Guardian’s

Littlejohn C4 Documentary Takes on Anti-Semitism

The UK media’s treatment of Israel has undoubtedly contributed to an atmosphere conducive to rising anti-Semitism in Britain. Criticism of Israel is, of course, legitimate and not all critics are anti-Semites. However, under the guise of “anti-Zionism”, Jew hatred has reared its ugly head and crossed into mainstream discussion. Media commentator Richard Littlejohn is to be commended

The Times: A Non-Story With No Context

Wednesday’s Times states in an short news item: Ultra-Orthodox Jews have joined Muslims in a demonstration against Israeli excavations near the al-Aqsa Mosque compound. They carried banners, some written in Arabic, that read: “Jerusalem belongs to the Palestinians” and “Jews are forbidden to insult Islamic religious sites”. Much of the mainstream media has yet to correct the

Report Critical of BBC Mideast Coverage

For many years, HonestReporting, through our communiques and initiatives such as TerrorPetition.com, along with the efforts of many other worthy organisations, have campaigned for the BBC and other media outlets to adopt accurate language when referring to terrorism. Current holder of HonestReporting’s Dishonest Reporter Award for 2005, the BBC has long been a source of

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