Sign up now to receive our regular news briefs.

Watchdog: New York Times Downplays Palestinian Terror, Disregards Israeli Victims, Distorts English Language

January 20, 2016 4:02 pm 16 comments
The knife from a foiled Palestinian stabbing attack. Photo: StandWithUs.

A knife from a foiled Palestinian stabbing attack. Photo: StandWithUs.

A media watchdog blasted The New York Times on Wednesday for “continuing to downplay Palestinian terrorism, disregarding both the Jewish victims and the English language.”

The Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) was responding to the way a piece that appeared in Tuesday’s “newspaper of record” reported on the current wave of terrorism against Israelis.

The article in question, called “Anger in a Palestinian Town Feeds a Cycle of Violence,” does not mention the word “terrorism” in relation to two young Arabs who were killed while engaged in stabbing and rock attacks, referring to their activity instead as “resistance.”

“To describe the history of violence by residents of the town of Sa’ir merely as ‘resistance’ is to describe the act of plunging a knife into an Israeli civilian’s chest — an act perpetrated by a Sa’ir resident last October — as something readers are likely to associate with noble World War II partisans or fictional Jedi heroes,” senior CAMERA research analyst Gilead Ini told The Algemeiner.

“This outlandish abuse of language, meant to downplay Palestinian violence recalls The New York Times’ recent description of a butterfly knife wielded by a Palestinian attacker as a ‘Boy Scout’ knife.”

Contrasting this with the newspaper’s word choice when it comes to Israeli behavior, Ini said, “The New York Times hasn’t described rare acts of anti-Palestinian violence by Israeli extremists as ‘resistance.’ On the contrary, a recent article referred to a ‘Jewish terrorist’ network, even though the Times has not once used the phrase ‘Palestinian terrorist’ in reference to the current wave of stabbing attacks targeting Israeli men, women and children.”

Ini asked, “Why does the newspaper have such a hard time straightforwardly dealing with anti-Israel violence?”

He concluded: “Palestinian assailants should not be confused with Boy Scouts. Violent antisemitism should not be confused with resistance. And New York Times advocacy journalism should not be confused with the fair and impartial reporting readers expect.”

16 Comments

  • For the NYT, antisemitism is BLISS!

  • The Times article clearly suggests that Palestinians have good cause to be angry and that this cause leads them to strike out at Israeli civilians. Never, never would the Times cite anger as
    reason for Israelis to attack Palestinians. The Times article mentioned the “cycle of violence.” Here is how the cycle works: Palestinians stab Israelis, Israel responds, and this makes the Palestinians angry so they stab more Israelis.

    If the media were required to be truthful and disclose its mindset on news stories, The New York Times would proclaim that it is Israel’s very being, not merely the settlements, that is the obstacle to peace.

    I expect, now, the Times will follow up the twisted defense of Palestinian anti-Israel violence with an editorial blaming Israel’s “intransigence” for the attacks on Israelis.

    • Target misdirected. They should go after their deeply corrupted leaders. They won’t. They will be tortured then killed. Israelis are a more forgiving victim! So the self-destructive brainwashing keeps working. It does not take much to make people evil. It takes a life to become a mensch!

  • Ma nishtanah halilah hazeh?

  • Esther Kaplan

    I never read the New York Times as experience taught me long ago it is incapable of creating a credible Fourth Estate forum. Every time I inadvertently come across an article such as you have presented here, I think to myself, “See? You were right.”

  • Gerardo Lopez

    The New York Times is a filthy newspaper headed by anti-Semites with now a few self hating Jews as cover. It has not been a serious paper when Israel is concerned for a very long time. May be due to the conversion of the original owners that then did everything to distance themselves from their link. Similar to Max Blumenthal’s self help and his lack of balance, the Sulzberger family went as far as mostly ignoring the holocaust in their paper when it was happening.

  • Is there really any point in trying to find balanced reporting in The New York Times, “all the news that’s
    UNFIT to print”? I’m waiting for a new holiday being declared, i.e., when the so-called “paper of record” closes its biased doors once and forever.

  • rachel robinson

    Where are those 10 comments, and why is it that we can never see them? This is a scandal in my opinion

  • The NYT has lost all credibility. For the last 2 years Israeli ideals and values have never been mentioned once. They are the most moral army in the world. You should stick to your Sunday crossword puzzles.

  • This rag of a paper gave the murdered mother of 6 – a mention today – days after she was stabbed in her home with her children present by a terrorist.
    What is wrong with us for permitting this to go unchallenged?

  • For the New York Times, stabbing a Jew and car ramming is not an act of terrorism. Israel’s self defense in view of such attack is the act of terrorism…apparently. So for those of us who long ago stopped reading the Times, we don’t give a F what the Times says or does not say.

  • Contortion of the English language is a favorite tactic of progressive liberals. The NY Times has taken progressive liberal linguistic contortion to new lows. Do not read or even look at the NY Times, because it will make you crazy with anger.

  • Michael Garfinkel

    Another instance of Jew-hatred at the New York Times?

    File this in the “dog-bites-man” category.

  • I hope no Jews buy the NY Times, but then having voted for the anti-Israel Obama a second time, they probably do.

  • Do not expect the New York Times to report the truth, especially when it comes to news about Israeli subjects, or Jews!

  • Far from the only “news”source ignoring the recent,constant Islamist terrorist knife attacks,car rammings and murders of Israelis,both jewish and non-jewish,in Israel.Example;do a search on the CNN website about the victims of these recent stabbings,car rammings and murders.You will find nothing listed !!

Leave a Reply

Please note: comments may be published in the Algemeiner print edition. Comments written in all caps will be deleted.


Current day month ye@r *

More...

  • Arts and Culture Author of New Book on Connection Between Jews, Punk Rock Describes Bands Flinging Gefilte Fish, Bagels at Audience (INTERVIEW)

    Author of New Book on Connection Between Jews, Punk Rock Describes Bands Flinging Gefilte Fish, Bagels at Audience (INTERVIEW)

    Some punk rockers integrate their Jewish identity into their music through food, the author of a new book on the topic told The Algemeiner on Wednesday. Michael Croland, author of Oy Oy Oy Gevalt! Jews and Punk, described the way different musicians express this connection. “One band is known for throwing gefilte fish in the mosh pit, and people at its concert slide around on it while dancing,” he recounted. “Another used to drink Manischewitz [sweet kosher] wine out of a shofar [the ram […]

    Read more →
  • Sports Scottish Soccer Club Manager Hails ‘Fantastic’ Jewish-State Visit After Victory Over Israeli Team (VIDEO)

    Scottish Soccer Club Manager Hails ‘Fantastic’ Jewish-State Visit After Victory Over Israeli Team (VIDEO)

    The manager of Scotland’s Celtic soccer club lauded Israel, after his team won a match against the Jewish state’s Hapoel Be’er Sheva on Tuesday night. Brendan Rodgers said at a post-match press conference: On behalf of the players, the people of Celtic and Scotland, Israel’s been fantastic for us. We came out here on Sunday, [and from] the hotel, the staff, we’ve been very, very warmly received. The atmosphere at the game was amazing and, obviously, one team has to lose, but you have a wonderful team here, […]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Second Jaffa Jazz Festival to Reunite International, Israeli Musicians

    Second Jaffa Jazz Festival to Reunite International, Israeli Musicians

    For the second time, Israel will host the Jaffa Jazz Festival, according to Broadwayworld.com. The festival will unite 43 Israeli musicians and eight international artists for a three-day event. The program will include a special performance by an ensemble of top jazz students studying at Belgium’s Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp, the Belgrade Music Academy in Serbia, Israel’s Rimon School of Music and the jazz program of the Israel Conservatory of Music in Tel Aviv. There will also be a jazz show for children led by Israeli saxophonist […]

    Read more →
  • Sports Israel’s First NASCAR Driver Revved Up to Win

    Israel’s First NASCAR Driver Revved Up to Win

    JNS.org – As a young boy growing up in Ashdod, Israel, Alon Day got his first go-kart at age 9. By 15, he was racing them. Less than a decade later, Day has become the first Israeli professional race car driver on the NASCAR circuit. He made history by competing in NASCAR’s Xfinity Series race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on August 13. “Driving a race car is not like any other sport,” Day told JNS.org. “You are actually almost flying […]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Writer of Popular Kids Series to Premiere Autobiographical Solo Show ‘Not That Jewish’

    Writer of Popular Kids Series to Premiere Autobiographical Solo Show ‘Not That Jewish’

    The writer of a popular children’s television series will premiere an off-Broadway solo show called “Not That Jewish,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. Written and performed by Monica Piper — the Emmy Award-winning showrunner of Nickelodeon’s “Rugrats” — the show is described as “the autobiographical telling of a Jew…’ish’ girl’s life.” “Not That Jewish” explores Piper’s Bronx upbringing in a show-business family, her comedy-club debut and her “almost” night with former Yankees legend Mickey Mantle. “Audiences can expect to leave laughed-out, a little teary-eyed and […]

    Read more →
  • Sports Scottish Soccer Team Will Fly to Israel on Private Jet Used by Madonna

    Scottish Soccer Team Will Fly to Israel on Private Jet Used by Madonna

    Scotland’s Celtic soccer club will fly to Israel with the same private jet Madonna used while on tour, The Scotsman reported on Monday. According to the report, the team is heading for the Jewish state to compete against Israel’s Hapoel Be’er Sheva on Tuesday night, and will be transported in the customized, luxurious Boeing 757-200 that the pop icon used in New Zealand for her six-month Rebel Heart tour, which wrapped up in March. The plane is on loan from Greece-based GainJet Aviation and can accommodate 62 passengers. The […]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Revealed: Actor Jonah Hill Officiated at Wedding of Fellow Jewish Star, Singer Adam Levine

    Revealed: Actor Jonah Hill Officiated at Wedding of Fellow Jewish Star, Singer Adam Levine

    Jewish actor Jonah Hill revealed on Wednesday morning that he had officiated the wedding of good friend and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine. The “War Dogs” actor, 32, was a guest on Sirius XM’s The Howard Stern Show when the conversation turned to Levine’s July 2014 wedding to Victoria’s Secret model Behati Prinsloo. Hill said that after he was asked to officiate the nuptials, he started getting worried about the type of speech he was going to deliver. “I’m writing all these things, and then I […]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Music Jewish Indie Rocker Dedicates New ‘Refugee’ Track to Grandfather Who Fled Nazi Persecution

    Jewish Indie Rocker Dedicates New ‘Refugee’ Track to Grandfather Who Fled Nazi Persecution

    Jewish indie singer Ezra Furman released a song on Wednesday that he said was dedicated to his grandfather, who escaped Nazi persecution. Furman told the website Consequence of Sound that the new track, called “The Refugee,” is his “first song entirely concerned with my Jewish background and present, a song dedicated to my grandfather who fled the Nazis, as well as to all of the refugees desperate for a home today.” He added, “May all the wanderers find the homes they seek, and […]

    Read more →