The New York Times Whitewashes Anti-Israel Terrorism

May 7, 2014 3:32 pm 33 comments
CAMERA's billboard in front of New York Times headquarters. Photo: Screenshot / Twitter / @JCCWatch.

CAMERA's billboard in front of New York Times headquarters. Photo: Screenshot / Twitter / @JCCWatch.

A day before Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day, when the country mourns its fallen soldiers and victims of terrorism, The New York Times featured a prominent article about Islamic Jihad, the notorious Palestinian terrorist organization responsible for dozens of deadly attacks on Israeli civilians.

Islamic Jihad’s claim to fame is its introduction and continued use of suicide attacks against Israelis, including gruesome attacks at Jerusalem’s Sbarro pizzeria, Haifa’s Maxim restaurant, the central bus stations in Hadera and Tel Aviv, and numerous other bombings in shopping malls, open-air markets, restaurants, buses and train stations — attacks responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Israelis and for wounding more than 1000 others. The group’s primary targets are Israeli men, women and children going about their daily lives in public areas.  It therefore seemed timely to profile Islamic Jihad, responsible for so many of Israel’s terror victims, just before Yom Hazikaron.

There was just one problem. The article by The New York Times Jerusalem bureau chief included no mention whatsoever of Islamic Jihad’s terror attacks or anything at all about its victims.

Rather, the reporter euphemistically described the group’s “focus on military resistance to the Israeli occupation” – a description that adopts the terrorist group’s narrative justifying attacks against Israeli civilians, with the aim of eliminating all of Israel, as legitimate.

The reporter’s own use of such unattributed language sharply contrasts with the way the newspaper distances itself from language used by Israel, for example when it employs quotation marks  when referring to “what [Israelis] call ‘incitement’ [by Palestinians].” And in contrast to the newspaper’s frequent invoking of “much of the world” viewing Israeli settlements as illegal, the article concealed the global view that Islamic Jihad is a terrorist group, noting only that “the U.S. designated Islamic Jihad” as such “in 1997,” and burying even this partial information in the 15th paragraph of the story. The fact that the European Union, the United Kingdom, and other Western countries have also listed Islamic Jihad as a terrorist organization is ignored entirely.

Instead, the reporter sanitized the group by presenting it as a “political” and “militant” “faction” in Gaza, and discussing its “civic activities” — plans to build medical facilities and running of kindergartens where children alternate “between chanting Quranic verses and singing the ABC’s.” The group’s “armed wing,” which the reporter acknowledged was its priority, was described in heroic terms as “the main military expression of Palestinian nationalism.”

Islamic Jihad is neither “militant” nor is it a “faction.” It is a terrorist group. Indeed, the group is so proud of its terrorism that it openly revels in its successes — that is, the murder of innocent civilians — every chance it gets.

But while Islamic Jihad does not make any attempt to obscure its terrorism, The New York Times does. Why would the so-called “newspaper of record” hide from its readers the most salient fact about the subject of an article?

When challenged about the article’s omissions, an editor suggested that all the context deemed relevant to the organization, its background and aims had been included in the story, with the obvious implication that there was no need to share the unpleasant facts about Islamic Jihad’s terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians– its raison d’etre.

Even though we have made the point before, it bears repeating again. News consumers beware: The New York Times deliberately deceives its readers about the facts with its advocacy journalism.

Ricki Hollander is a senior analyst at CAMERA, Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America.

33 Comments

  • I HAVE BEEN SAYING THIS FOR YEARS. IT IS MORE THAN HALF OF THE WORLD. IF WE ELECT HILARY AS PRESIDENT IT WILL PROVE JEWS HATE JEWS ALSO. I WAS PRESIDENT OF JEWS FOR ROMNEY . LOOK WHAT THE LIBERALS DID TO US BY ELECTING OBAMA TWICE. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

    ADL Survey: ¼ of World Population is Anti-Semitic
    “The level of anti-Semitism in some countries and regions, even those where there are no Jews, is in many instances shocking.”

  • Why the contraversy. Barak Hussein Obama tut tuts the public by dismissing the word of Jihad and the mention of Islamic terrorism. These are word of “affection “not a murderous credo. New York Times is a follower of Julius Streicher, editor of Hitlers “Der Stuermer” a rabid anti Semitic rag. The paper is honest by locking away the truth, but bringing out the lies & untruth as their Arab masters wish.

  • Nomalas Sivad

    So what else is new? There has always been the likes of the NY Times, there is the current melange of the NY Times. There will always be the likes of the NY Times.

    It’s obvious that the Jews are held as THE target of most value. Even the Nazi war machine diverted valuable war assets to their attempt to destroy the Jews.

    Just goes to prove that the Jews have always been considered a special people, are still considered a special people, and will continue to be a special people.

    Thank G-D that I am a Jew.

  • The NY Times are news that are not fit to print, but they print them anyway – especially when they are
    antisemitic, anti Israel and false.

  • Don’t buy and don’t read that so-called Jewish Crap Newspaper! and let it to the anti semites…
    Jews are like French: they don’t know what they want, want both of contradictory impossible things, are too coward to decide and fight for, and accuse the “others” to be faulty for their failure..
    Jews are unable to build a Maffia for the Rightthing… They joined the Sicilian Maffia for criminal targets ! but I don’t know much who did anything for the Jews in danger. (One Jewish maffia guy I don’t remember the name did something after WWII by financing the israeli weaponry, when Jews fought for their surviving…)

  • Stuart Hersh

    This is not new, The New York Times policy of not letting reality get in the way of editorial fantasy is consistent with its policy during the Holocaust. When it comes to Jews and Israel, the New York ‘Grime’ feels it can abuse us in the name of journalistic license. A more correct motto for this paper:

    “If it fits, we print”

  • don’t give them a dime,
    just schneur their articles on line!

  • So people, why are you still buying the NY times? Do not
    waste your money on that newspapers. It should really be
    called the “NY slimes”. We stopped buying it years ago,
    because it does not report the truth.

  • Michael Garfinkel

    If Berger’s argument wasn’t so silly, it would be worth noting how pompous and sanctimonious it is.

    Still, here’s the best part, which simply shoudn’t go unexamined in spite of its glaring stupidity: “But I would also say that continued construction in areas that would have been part of a Palestinian State is equally reprehensible.”

    So, for instance, the murder of women and children in a pizza parlor is equivalent somehow to construction in areas where Jews already live that…”would have been part of a Palestinian (and Judenrein) state.”

    This really brings one up short; a new legalism has been proposed – that of the capital crime of constructing residences in an imaginary (would have been) world.

    This kind of nonsense often masquerades as serious argument, but in fact is nothing more than adolescent moral posturing.

    We have Mr. Berger to thank for this latest example.

    • Garfinkel and Berger, two excellent examples of self-hating Jews. These are the capos of today.

      You two say it is equally reprehensible to build in disputed lands as to deliberately target and murder innocent people. Well, that is the Jewish way, isn’t it? Not! People are always more important than land. As eloquently expressed in other comments, Israel has been trying to work with the PA for more than 20 years, and the Arabs in general for 66. Since 1967, Israel has attempted to come to peace with these people, and always with no results. For example, in 1993, Arafat was offered way too much, including the Tempe Mount, more than 90% of what he was allegedly seeking. He turned it down and started a reign of terror and murder.

      The Times is nothing more than a neo-Nazi rag. And the politically-coerced censorship crowd, of which, obviously, both of you Jewish haters are proud members, has a closed circle, no information added, no relevancy involved, no looking at the world with objective ideas. You have all the answers, and see no reason to even listen to alternatives. You obsess about Israel hating, ignoring every single other situation in the world, most of which are far more bloody, heinous, and barbaric than Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians. You would destroy Israel, and murder every fellow Jew who is in disagreement with you, without batting an eye. You ally yourselves with violent Hitler loving monsters.

      You two (and so many others) sicken me. It is because of your fanaticism that the right wing is so powerful in this country. You are so calcified, so unreasonable, so intolerant and inflexible, that you leave people with little choice. The Democratic Party, which used to be the party of hope and liberalism, is now the party of the big lie and following the party line. Only, unlike the right wing, you are also condescending. So, instead of providing a viable alternative to the equally calcified, intolerant, inflexible, and people-hating (other than the super rich) right wing, you provide another egregious example of extremism.

      If you love terrorists so much, why not move in with them, and take your families with you. Then see if you can find anyone to say kaddish for you.

      • pinchas baram

        Effram, can’t you read? Garfinkel agrees(!) with you, and he is critical of Berger’s flip identifying Jewish activity in J & S as equal to Arab violence. So if you are going to go on a rant and shoot from the hip, at least don’t be a total bozo and shoot the wrong person.

        As for the article by the CAMERA rep which shows the big ad in Times Square saying Stop the Bias: it’s clear the NYT doesn’t give a damn what CAMERA and the rest of us think, we can shout double standards, advocacy journalism, bias, anti-Zionism till we’re blue in the face– they don’t care and they are not about to repent and stop the bias. So what to do? The Gov. of Israel has ways to curtail the rights of foreign correspondents to travel, interview, etc., when it, the Gov, feels a given reporter is libelous, inciteful, dishonest,abusive of democratic norms, etc. Bottom line: The Netanyahu gov. should be pressured and persuaded– by CAMERA and readers like ourselves– to see the light and to use some legally restrictive force in its own self interest against smug Times reporters
        who think they own the place…

      • Michael Garfinkel

        Efram, you completely missed the point of my comment – in fact you got it exactly backwards.

        Read it again and then think before you speak.

      • (giggle)Before you hit “Submit Comment” you should proof read your statement(s), Efram, especially when something has really pi$$ed you off. Such as:

        “You obsess about Israel hating, ignoring every single other situation in the world, most of which are far more bloody, heinous, and barbaric than Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians.”

        “most of which”??

        Which Jewish LEGAL actions are ‘worse’ than blowing up teenage clubs?? Whereas ALL of the Jihadist’s murders are justified by THEIR Laws.

  • Mickey Oberman

    The NY Times is composed of a pack of antiSemitic whores.

  • What is worse than Nazi scum ?? The Quisling Jews at the New York Times.

  • what ever happened 2 all the news fit 2 print i would like 2 see a boycott started 2 hit their bottom line by readers & advertizers

  • There is no difference between the NY TIMES and DER STURMER…Anyone who thinks otherwise is an anti Semite…
    This been true since the Times buried the Holocaust…

  • Kerry Berger

    Whitewashing terrorism and calling terrorists freedom fighters is morally repugnant, I would agree. But I would also say that continued construction in areas that would have been part of a Palestinian State is equally reprehensible. It’s time to stop the continual blaming of the other side and start reflecting on how we as Jews and Israelis can learn how to accommodate a two-state settlement. Obviously, the only way to do that is to sign an accord with Fatah, and then support Fatah in eradicating the militant factions of the PLO. There has been a lot of wasted time and energy expended on mutual intransigence and that has got to end.

    • Fatah comes from the PLO: the 1964 PLO CHARTER calls for the murder of every Jew in Israel. You cannot negotiate with people who spend 24 hours a day wanting you dead…This is the reality sandwich you refuse to swallow…as do so many others..Everyone in FATAH supports the 1964 charter.

    • Ken Dannett

      Kerry Berger seems oblivious to the fact that the Arabs have repeatedly rejected a two-state solution: in the 1930s, 1940s and again in 2000. Israel has always been willing to trade land for peace. But what has it bought? Berger also seems unaware that the Palestinians single-minded goal has been the elimination of the Jewish State, not reconciliation with it.

      Sign an accord with Fatah? Much easier said than done. Abbas knows he’d be murdered if he did so. But what about Hamas? Guess you forgot about them.

    • Wallace Edward Brand, JD Harvard, 1957

      Kerry Berger ignores the Arab Legion, supplied by the British when it had agreed to embargo arms to those in the 1948 war, and led by British officers, was the army for Jordan that invaded the Palestine Mandate, recognized by the Principal Allied War Powers as belonging to World Jewry. It illegally occupied Judea, Samaria, and East Jerusalem until those areas were liberated by the IDF. He ignores that Arabs are currently building in this area with no complaints by Israel, even when the Arabs build houses with no one to occupy them, just to preempt land. In 1922 53 states had approved recognition of World Jewry as owning the political rights to Palestine west of the Jordan River but approved also a delay in the equitable interest in those political rights until the Jewish Population of Israel was in the majority and the population of Palestine was capable of exercising sovereignty. SSRN.com/abstract=2385304 A false legal opinion distorting International Law is the reason most of the world has been brainwashed into believing that the settlers are illegally occupying Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem. SSRN.com/abstract=2404738

      • As well as the fact that in 1947 %72 of the Union voted in favor of the UN partition plan, as well as the ignorance of the British in leaving the problem in the hands of an International Agency with virtually no power of enforcement at the time.

    • This story is about the NY Times, or as some call it the NY Slimes, Kerry Berger. This is NOT about Israeli capitulation or the faux “peace process.” This is not about your ideology and political agenda. The reportage by the rag-of-record dates back to the 1890s when the Sulzberger family, elitist German Jews, bought it. And from that date on it’s hideous anti-Semitic columns and stories are sickening. Do your research, Kerry Berger, and you’ll find a treasure trove of Jew-bashing, Israel-hating in both the archives and present-day “journalism” endeavors of what many consider to be nothing less than distortions of reality relating to Israel and global Jewry.

      • Re: the Sulzberger family and others likewise

        When you understand that everything they do is in antipathy to the Jewish people and Jewish interests and is in accord with Vatican fasci imperialism, the charade becomes pretty obvious. These people are sponsored financially and politically by the Vatican/CIA mafia, and are one of the many masks and false fronts behind which the Vatican/CIA mafia operates. There’s nothing Jewish about them. They are nothing but hired muppets working for the Vatican/CIA bankster mafia under a false identity.

        • The NY Time’s publisher is Episcopalian.

          • What they claim to be is irrelevant. The point being that they’re a false front for the fasci Vatican/CIA mafia. That’s the agenda they serve.

          • Michael Garfinkel

            In Nazi Germany “Mischlinge”, 1.e. persons of partial jewish anscestry, were noted for the enthusiasm of their anti-semitism.

            Before the Nazi era, this phenomenon was often noted in the case of converted Jews.

    • wow. it takes a concerted effort to be as wrong-headed as you are.

      I’ll leave it to others who have already eloquently taken apart your idiotic statement equating the murder of innocent children with building a house inside what might eventually be in a Palestinian state.

      instead, I want to ask you to explain exactly what “continual blaming” of the Palestinians you are referring to, because I’ve completely missed it.

      in fact, the truth is the exact opposite. the United Nations has made a cottage industry of blaming Israel; there are more censures against it than all the other countries in the world all together. (of course, when you have Sudan, Cuba, and Saudi Arabia on the “Human Rights Council,” you’re already living in Upside-Down World.)

      and even somebody like you must surely see that the Obama Regime is anti-Israel. even when Abbas spits in Kerry’s eye, the Pals are never assigned any blame.

      it never fails to amaze me how Jew-hatred always trumps facts.

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