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March 04, 2014

The New York Times Persists in Emphasizing IDF Defensive Strikes While Downplaying Palestinian Terrorism


CAMERA’s monograph, Indicting Israel: New York Times’ Coverage of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict, noted the newspaper’s consistent emphasis on Israel’s defensive military strikes while downplaying Palestinian violence. During our 6-month study, Palestinian attacks –including those that killed Israelis – were never featured prominently, but the newspaper repeatedly highlighted Israeli military actions or vandalism by radical Israelis. While 12 headlines implicated Israel for killing Palestinians none referred to Palestinians killing Israelis even though 14 Israelis were killed by Palestinians during that time. (See: Indicting Israel, Chapter 4 “Violence Double Standards?, page 57)

Well, it seems this pattern of coverage is endemic to The New York Times. Correspondent Jodi Rudoren, recently back from a speaking jaunt in the U.S., just published an item about an IDF air strike on an Islamic Jihad rocket squad about to fire missiles into southern Israel. The problem is, the article was headlined “Israeli Airstrike Kills 2 in Gaza? and introduced as follows:

An Israeli airstrike killed two Palestinian men in the Gaza Strip and wounded two children on Monday evening, according to the Israeli military and Palestinian health officials, continuing the increased violence between Israel and Gaza this year.

"Continuing the increased violence between Israel and Gaza this year?" Who is the party "continuing" the violence, the terrorists trying to launch another attack or the soldiers preventing the attack? The paragraph suggests it is the latter. And how is there any equivalence between the two? Rudoren falsely implies tit-for-tat, morally equivalent violence on both sides. The correspondent further adds to this impression by declaring:

Despite a 15-month cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, the militant Islamic movement that rules the Gaza Strip, the past two months have seen a steady simmer of strikes on both sides.

Surely a defensive air strike to thwart an imminent attack on Israeli territory cannot be considered equivalent in any way to terrorists targeting civilians, and the IDF’s protection of its civilians is certainly not the same as the Islamic Jihad terrorist group trying to inflict as many deaths and as much damage as possible on Israelis.

But with its emphasis on Israeli actions--both in the headline and lede paragraph-- and by equating the terrorist attacks with Israeli defensive actions, the newspaper distorts the story of Palestinian aggression and Israeli defense.

Posted by RH at March 4, 2014 05:46 PM


Israel is dumb.
They should kick out Jodi Rudoren then the Times would get the message of doing their Pallywood lies.

Posted by: Ken Kelso at March 4, 2014 07:19 PM

Sounds like NYT researches things about as well as amnesty does. The mighty NYT has lost its intellectual integrity.

Posted by: Rumpleforeskin at March 4, 2014 07:30 PM

And Jodi and the NY Times didn't cover this story.
Do they not want their readers to know the evil Israel is dealing with.

Fatah glorifies Kibbutz Metzer massacre terrorist who slaughtered 5 Israeli civilians and 2 children and Palestinian homicide bomber for slaughtering 8 Israeli civilians on a bus.
Kibbutz Metzer was about the terrorist incident where a Palestinian gunmen machine gunned an Israeli mother and her 2 sons at Kibbutz Metzer in 2002. The Israeli mother tried to shield her sons, but it was to no avail, the Palestinian terrorists massacred all 3 of them.
Abbas Rep. at Terror Funeral Praises 'Heroic Martyr'
Hero's funeral held by PA for returned body of terrorist who killed five including two children, Abbas sends his praise.
By Ari Yashar

Posted by: Barry Rosen at March 4, 2014 10:17 PM

It's biased stories like this that perpetuate the attacks on Israel, encouraging terrorism by defaming the victims who defend themselves.

Lets blame the anti-Israel bias for promoting violence.

Posted by: Gerry Moskowitz at March 6, 2014 11:34 AM

The New York Slimes has NEVER HAD any integrity. For those who may not be aware, the Slimes continuously ignored the Holocaust throughout the World War II. The Slimes has a long history of denying the right of Jews to live and Israel to exist. It frankly gives me great pleasure to see this paper lose its credibility and lots of money. Wouldn't it be nice if Sheldon Adelson engaged in a hostile takeover?!!!

Posted by: Objective Observer at March 6, 2014 12:19 PM

Why do Palestinian "resisters" wear face masks while launching rockets? Why do we see their faces only on funeral posters? Aren't they proud to be recognized in life, bravely launching unguided munitions like stray bullets to hit something, anything Jewish; like a hospital, kindergarten, school...or even a local Israeli Arab?
Why are the former "legitimate targets", while the latter is "collateral damage"?

Posted by: steve gerzof at March 6, 2014 06:14 PM

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