Journalistic Sham: Haaretz Acknowledges Misleading ‘Apartheid’ Survey Report

October 30, 2012 3:45 pm 12 comments

The Haaretz newspaper.

A recent survey presented by “Haaretz” newspaper claimed that the majority of Jews in Israel advocate the establishment of an apartheid regime, and further claimed that most Israelis believe that currently there are areas in the Jewish state in which apartheid measures are already exercised.

The survey relied on a sample of 503 respondents, and was referenced in articles published by media outlets all over the world, allegedly revealing a series of racist views and extreme nationalist opinions among the Jewish citizens of Israel. However, an in-depth analysis of the survey performed by Israeli media watch dog ‘Presspectiva’ presents a different depiction of Israeli opinion. Presspectiva was able to obtain a full copy of the survey, enabling them to take a close and accurate look at the survey’s findings.

According to their analysis, the conclusions in this survey were misrepresented by the Haaretz article, details were omitted, and Gideon Levy’s coverage of the survey was not objective and contained information that was intentionally distorted.
Presspectiva’s study provides many examples of inconsistencies between the survey’s data and the information presented by Haaretz. The first example is the question in which respondents were asked for their opinion regarding roads that are accessible for Israeli use only. Parenthetically, it should be noted that these roads exist as a result of security necessities. Respondents were asked whether they think the existence of such roads is good or bad. 24% of the respondents viewed the situation as positive, while 50% said it is negative, but there’s no viable alternative to it, and 17% claimed that the phenomenon must be stopped. Despite these details, the reporter chose to publish that 74% of respondents support the existence of such authorized roads for Israelis only – in stark contrast to the respondents’ answers.

Furthermore, respondents were asked several questions about racism and a possible preference of the Jewish sector over the Arab one. In this sequence of questions most respondents gave answers which expressed their desire to integrate the Arab sector into general society, and their support of equal rights to all. For example, 49% of the respondents stated that they would not be bothered by an Arab student in their children’s class. In addition, 60% of respondents (compared to 33%) claimed that Israeli Arabs should be allowed to vote for the Knesset (the Israeli Parliament), in contrast to what Gideon Levy wrote in his article.

Throughout the article, it seems, the text highlights negative data, ignoring the details which depict a different picture.

On the subject of apartheid, which was used as the article’s title, there were also some distortions, according to Presspectiva’s research. In the question regarding apartheid, respondents were asked about a scenario in which Israel would annex Judea and Samaria, a situation which could lead to two and a half million Palestinians voting in Israeli elections. 69% of respondents said they would oppose such a reality. However, Levy decided to conclude from their reply that the respondents support the existence of apartheid in Israel, a very broad interpretation of this data.

It should be noted that in the article itself, the reporter points out that it seems that the respondents did not fully understand the term ‘apartheid’, however, it did not prevent the reporter from remarking on the respondents’ opinions on the subject, despite their lack of understanding. According to Presspectiva, it seems that the answers given by the respondents were based on the understanding of the term ‘apartheid’ as synonymous with ‘discrimination’. Another element that contributed to the confusion was the surveyors’ question about whether there is “some” apartheid in Israel, or is the phenomenon prevalent.
Presspectiva published its reaction to the Haaretz article because of its suspicion over the facts presented in the Haaretz article, allegedly showing extreme racism among the Israeli Jewish population. In-Depth examination of the facts presented by the survey shows that the reality is different. The results do not reflect a racially motivated society in Israel that supports apartheid, as it was presented by Haaretz.

After several sources drew attention to Haaretz’s distortions, the paper published a clarification stating that their headline and article were misleading. Gideon Levy published an apology as well. However, the article’s premise had already been re-published by the British Guardian, the British Independent, the Canadian Globe and Mail and tens of other sites, causing extensive damage to the image of Israel and its citizens.

12 Comments

  • [http://haaretzisnotreliable.wordpress.com]
    Unreliable Haaretz, also termed [http://www.ruthfullyyours.com/2010/04/09/about-al-haaretz-and-the-spy-case/]‘al-Haaretz’, and [http://frontpagemag.com/2012/davidhornik/israel%E2%80%99s-anti-semitic-rag/] ‘Israel’s anti-Semitic Rag’, which [http://www.camera.org/index.asp?x_context=2&x_outlet=55&x_article=171] fuels anti-Israel bias, campaigns for Arab [http://cifwatch.com/2012/10/28/haaretzs-apartheid-campaign-against-israel/] anti-Israel apartheid; [http://www.jpost.com/Israel/Article.aspx?ID=178843] aids the Arab terrorist enemy, and was even [http://test2.jpost.com/NationalNews/Article.aspx?id=283660] convicted of anti-Israel spy charges (and [http://biased-bbc.com] biased BBC, [http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2012/02/bbc_chief_admits_anti-christian_bias.html] admittedly anti-Christian biased – copies it), just like that drag queen/drama queen Ahmad Tibi ([http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/6146] accused of being himslef the real racist, are so quick to falsely brand worried Israelis of racist Arab attacks ([http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Op-EdContributors/Article.aspx?id=49178] Israelis aren’t ‘racist’ – they’re worried) as “racism” but will never name the Goliath Arab racism / Islamic bigotry that seeks out to attack Jews – by Israeli-Arabs or Palestinian-Arabs. ([http://www.wnd.com/2009/05/98947] It’s about the bigotry). Apparently, sick Haaretz also finds Arab regimes, including “Palestinian” who either succeeded in complete ethnic cleansing of Jews or seek its completion – more desirable than Jews who dare attempt to survive against it. Thus, a search for ‘racism’ in Haaretz, won’t find it related to the racist attacker, but rather almost exclusively to the receiving end victim of the intolerance monster.

  • Lots of info on Haaretz assisting the Arab Islamic enemy in terror, spying, falsifying info. – http://haaretzisnotreliable.wordpress.com

  • In political science teaches that for a survey to be taken seriously must have been applied to more than 1000 people, not with 500!!

  • The Torah says to never pray for the death of a Pharaoh; the reason being that its replacement may be worse. Yet one finds it hard to believe that HaAretz didn’t know what it was doing and that this HaAretz action isn’t just one more step down HaAretz Yellow Brick Road towards its well-earned extinction

  • HAARETZ is anything but objective when it comes to the subject of relationships between Jew and Arab. Before Oslo Jews and Arabs were able to coexist much better than after Oslo. Each could live wherever he wished and there was much more tolerance for one another. The PLO changed all that. The many lives lost as a result of anti-Jewish sentiment among the general Arab population has brought about this so-called Apartheid situation. One needs to separate from one’s enemy if one wishes to survive. Safety and Security concern is the name of the game. But HAARETZ doesn’t take that into consideration. What do you expect from a liberal newspaper?

  • Haaretz slants Israeli news like MSNBC slants US news. Both seem to have the same agenda: to weaken their respective countries in the eyes of the world. The irony is that while they support such disgusting liberal view-points and their right to say them, they would be most happy to silence the opposition and have the rest of the world not hear the truth. They both should be ashamed of their treasonist journalism.

  • GIDEON LEVY WENT ONE BIG STEP TOO FAR.
    I HOPE HE WILL WRITE AN ARTICLE EXPLAINING HIS MOTIVES, BECAUSE THIS CAUSED DAMAGE TO ISRAEL.
    HE LOST ME AS A READER.

  • He has no business writing for any newspaper, even one that distorts the truth.

  • Twisting the truth, known as media spin, is what Socialists live for. Then have taken over the newsmedia worldwide, as it is the traditional method of winning over ‘hearts and minds!” Life full of sorrows? George Soros!

  • We have enough Muslims and anti-Semites who hate us — do we need self-loathing Jews as well?

  • The article’s author, Gideon Levi, has long been known for his unreliability for writing the truth and his hateful attitude towards Zionism.

  • “…the article’s premise had already been re-published by the British Guardian, the British Independent, the Canadian Globe and Mail and tens of other sites, causing extensive damage to the image of Israel and its citizens”

    If you’re Haaretz, mission accomplished.

Leave a Reply

Please note: comments may be published in the Algemeiner print edition.


Current day month ye@r *

More...

  • Book Reviews Personalities Biography Sheds New Light on David Ben-Gurion’s Place in Jewish History

    Biography Sheds New Light on David Ben-Gurion’s Place in Jewish History

    JNS.org – There is one sentence in “Ben-Gurion: Father of Modern Israel” that made me sit up in surprise. I thought that I knew the basic facts about how Israel came into being, but while describing what it was like in the days and hours before the state was declared, author Anita Shapira provides one important anecdote I was not aware of. On the 12th of May, the Zionist Executive met to decide what to do. Moshe Sharrett had just returned [...]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture US & Canada ‘Death of Klinghoffer’ Actress Compares Met Opera to ‘Schindler’s List’

    ‘Death of Klinghoffer’ Actress Compares Met Opera to ‘Schindler’s List’

    An actress starring in the controversial Met Opera The Death of Klinghoffer defended the show on Tuesday by comparing it to the 1993 Holocaust film Schindler’s List, New York Post reported. “To me, this was like [the movie] Schindler’s List. We make art so people won’t forget,’’ said the actress, who plays a captured passenger in the show and asked not to be identified. The Met Opera focuses on the infamous murder of Lower East Side Jewish resident Leon Klinghoffer, 69. The wheelchair-bound father of [...]

    Read more →
  • Analysis Arts and Culture Beyond ‘Klinghoffer’: Opera’s Composer, Librettist Have Broader Jewish Problem

    Beyond ‘Klinghoffer’: Opera’s Composer, Librettist Have Broader Jewish Problem

    JNS.org – One of the most controversial operas in recent memory, “The Death of Klinghoffer,” debuted Oct. 20 at New York’s Metropolitan Opera. The Met has scheduled seven more performances through November. The first staging did not occur without protest, as about 400 demonstrators—including Jewish communal and nationally recognized leaders—came to Lincoln Center to denounce the anti-Jewish and anti-Israel opera. “Klinghoffer,” the creation of composer John Adams and librettist Alice Goodman, premiered in 1991—with few additional stagings. The opera is based [...]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture US & Canada Israeli Actress Gal Gadot in Talks to Star in Ben-Hur Remake

    Israeli Actress Gal Gadot in Talks to Star in Ben-Hur Remake

    Israeli actress Gal Gadot is in negotiations to take on the female lead role in the remake of the 1959 classic Ben-Hur, according to The Hollywood Reporter. If the deal is finalized Gadot will play Esther, a slave and Ben-Hur’s love interest. Actor Jack Huston will star as the Jewish prince who is betrayed into slavery by his childhood friend Messala, played by Toby Kebbell. Ben-Hur fights for his freedom and vengeance with the help of Morgan Freeman’s character, who trains Ben-Hur how to win at chariot-racing. [...]

    Read more →
  • Jewish Identity Sports Young Israelis Try to Crowd-Fund Their Way to Major League Baseball Playoffs

    Young Israelis Try to Crowd-Fund Their Way to Major League Baseball Playoffs

    JNS.org – Baseball, hot dogs, and apple pie are the American dream. So why do two young men who have built their lives in Israel have a GoFundMe crowd-funding webpage with the urgent message that they need $3,000 to travel to the U.S. to watch the Kansas City Royals and Baltimore Orioles square off for Major League Baseball’s (MLB) American League championship? Brothers Naftali and Yoni Schwartz, 27 and 25, respectively, are Kansas City natives. Even though they made aliyah with their [...]

    Read more →
  • Blogs Sports Race Cars Speed Through Jerusalem in Amazing Exhibition

    Race Cars Speed Through Jerusalem in Amazing Exhibition

    Some 3,000 years ago, King David probably never imagined cars racing at 240 kilometers per hour (150 miles per hour) through the ancient capital of the Jewish people. But on Monday and Tuesday, October 6-7, thousands of Israelis lined the streets to watch Porsche, Audi, and Ferrari race cars fly through the capital against the backdrop of the Tower of David, the Old City Walls, and other city landmarks. The second annual non-competitive Jerusalem Formula One Road Show had been [...]

    Read more →
  • Israel Sports NBA Superstar LeBron James Says He Wants to Visit Israel

    NBA Superstar LeBron James Says He Wants to Visit Israel

    Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James expressed interest in visiting Israel someday, local news site Cleveland.com reported on Sunday. Speaking to Israeli reporters before the Cleveland Cavaliers’ preseason debut against Maccabi Tel Aviv, the NBA star said he had never visited the Jewish state but “I want to look forward to going there if I get an opportunity to.” When asked by an Israeli reporter if there was “any chance that LeBron James and Cleveland comes to Tel Aviv,” the athlete said [...]

    Read more →
  • Sports US & Canada Florida Rabbi Dominates Former Basketball Star Congressman in Hoops Showdown (VIDEO)

    Florida Rabbi Dominates Former Basketball Star Congressman in Hoops Showdown (VIDEO)

    A Florida-based Chabad rabbi put former basketball star, U.S. Congressman Curt Clawson to shame on the court when the two faced off one-on-one recently. A YouTube video, posted online on Tuesday, shows Rabbi Fishel Zaklos of Chabad of Naples shooting hoops with the Florida politician, who played basketball in high school and at Purdue University in Indiana. The game took place in the parking lot of the Chabad Jewish center run by Zaklos. During the 1-minute clip, Zaklos scores two impressive [...]

    Read more →



Sign up now to receive our regular news briefs.