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August 17, 2015

USA Today Overplays Anti-Palestinian Attacks, Underplays Anti-Israeli Violence

USA Today correspondent Shira Rubin falsely equated anti-Israeli violence with anti-Palestinian violence in her article “Israel cracks down on Jewish extremists in West Bank.� (Aug. 6, 2015). Immediately, on Aug. 6 CAMERA requested a correction that would more accurately reflect the disparity in the amount of attacks by Palestinians in the West Bank and those of Israeli settlers. The unpublished letter to the editor listed below was sent following the newspaper’s refusal to issue a correction.

“Dear Editor:

Shira Rubin’s article 'Israel cracks down on Jewish extremists in West Bank' (Aug. 6) claims that 'Jewish settlers and Palestinians have long engaged in tit-for-tat violence [emphasis added].' However, suggesting that violence between the two groups is comparable is not borne out by figures from the pro-Palestinian advocacy group B’Tselem showing that from 2000-2011, Israeli civilians were murdered by Palestinians nine times more than the other way around. Twenty-three Palestinian Arabs were killed by Jewish settlers in circumstances that were not independently confirmed whereas in that same period 215 Jewish civilians were murdered by Arabs in the West Bank. If violent but not fatal attacks by Palestinian Arabs against Israeli Jews and planned or attempted strikes against Jews aborted by Israeli security forces were also included, the fallacy of the 'tit-for-tat' comparison would be even clearer.

Sean Durns
Media Assistant, Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America
Washington D.C.�
—Sean Durns

Posted by ER at August 17, 2015 02:56 PM


Now at this story: she errs again and I left this:
"This line - "Jews shoved ahead of a line of tourists" - is way out of line. There are actually two lines at the police security booth. One for tourists who proceed with a simple perfunctory check and one for identifiable Jews who are subjected to a most strict check, sometimes including strip searches and they must wait for a group to form and then can only enter once the previous group finishes. The reporter seems to have been woefully ignorant of this. Unfortunately so even."

Posted by: Yisrael Medad at November 16, 2015 04:59 PM

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