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February 04, 2013

CAMERA Op-Ed: Exposing Double Standards at The New York Times

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A report about racism among Israeli soccer fans is turned into an indictment of Israeli society

CAMERA's Ricki Hollander writes in the Times of Israel:

Israel is the only country whose leaders, policies, and society are routinely singled out for condemnation in the newspaper. Take, for example, last week’s report about racism among Israeli soccer fans. The article purported to cover recent protests by Beitar soccer fans against the recruitment of Muslim players for the team, but this was merely an opportunity to present a sweeping indictment of Israeli society.

Racism among soccer fans is not unique to Israel, nor does it reflect on society at large. In fact, The New York Times, only a few weeks earlier, published a story about racism among soccer fans and players in Europe, noting that it is “hardly a new phenomenon.” The article pointed out that it is an acute problem in Russia, Ukraine, and the Balkans, as well as in Britain and France. It also mentioned that 25 racist incidents occurred during the latest soccer season in Italy. But there was no suggestion that European soccer fans represent their nation’s values.

So how was a story about the deplorable message of some Israeli soccer fans, which provoked widespread condemnation within Israel, turned into an indictment of Israeli society?

The Op-Ed provides examples of the tactics employed by The New York Times to implicate Israel in wrongdoing.

Posted by RH at February 4, 2013 02:10 PM

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"Explosing"? I don't think that's a word yet :-)

Posted by: Jacob at February 4, 2013 04:37 PM

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