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May 28, 2010

Wall Street Journal Misleads Readers on Gaza Flotilla

Ha'aretz's Amos Harel and Avi Issacharoff correctly note that the pro-Palestinian activists attempting to sail to Gaza are engaged mostly in "a battle of public relations that is meant to strike a blow at Israel."

The flotilla is organized to a large extent by prominent members of the International Solidarity Movement, including ISM co-founder Huwaida Arraf, who has described suicide bombings as "noble" and argued that Palestinian so-called resistance "must" include violence.

Despite this, the Wall Street Journal's Charles Levinson refers to the anti-Israel activist's ships as a "flotilla of peace activists." This language is not only prejudicial and subjective, but, in light of the above, is also grossly misleading to readers.

In fact, although Levinson, like Harel and Issacharoff, refers to the PR implications of the voyage, his reference to the group as "peace activists" is, in effect, an abandonment of impartiality in favor of participation in the very PR he describes in the article.

The Wall Street Journal notes that readers can comment about articles by emailing wsjcontact@dowjones.com.

Posted by GI at May 28, 2010 03:48 PM

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Re Mr. Levinson's article on the Gaza Fleet: Given the position of the ISM co-founder that suicide bombing is "noble," to describe that organization as "peace activists" is ludicrous and an affront to truth.

Posted by: paul at May 28, 2010 06:11 PM

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