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Watchdog: USA Today Commits Front-Page ‘Anti-Israel Hatchet Job’ in Report on Gaza Christians

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A Christian mother and child in Gaza. Photo: Wikipedia.

A Christian mother and child in Gaza. Photo: Wikipedia.

A media watchdog referred to a recent USA Today article blaming the Jewish state for the mass flight of Christians out of Gaza and the West Bank as “an anti-Israel hatchet job.”

The piece, which appeared on the front page of the Fairfax, Virginia-based publication on Monday, “requires rebuttal,” according to the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA).

Titled “Faith is fading out in Gaza” in the print edition (and headlined “After 2,000 years, Christians disappearing from Gaza” on the paper’s website) – the article asserts that “the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip and the highest unemployment rate in the world are prompting Christians to leave the besieged area in droves.”

It also cites a Palestinian Arab from Bethlehem stating that “Palestinian Christians … receive no tolerance or mercy from the Israeli occupation. Their land has been confiscated, their houses have been destroyed.”

However, CAMERA responded, “Gaza doesn’t have the world’s highest unemployment rate; the West Bank’s Christian population has increased; and any lack of tolerance Christians there face may come primarily from the ruling Palestinian Authority of President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah movement and the area’s largely Muslim majority.”

CAMERA additionally pointed to the fact that the author of the article, stringer Matthew Vickery, has also done reporting for Al-Jazeera English, a Qatar-headquartered media outlet whose “chronic anti-Israel slant” the watchdog regularly documents.

CAMERA said that though “perhaps the Vickery-Al-Jazeera connection does not taint” the article in question, “Qatar has supported Sunni Muslim extremist groups, including Hamas, the US-and Israeli-designated terrorist organization that rules the Gaza Strip, and USA Today’s story virtually omits the role of Islamic radicals in persecuting Gaza Christians.”

Nearly every word in the piece, accused CAMERA, “is a lie.”

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  • John Thomas

    Such a bogus article , Israel has not been the problem to the Arab Christian’s. The deeper issue is as usual been the militant muslim terror organizations.The Christian population is continually under the threat from them. Gaza is a tool used by the muslim world and has been left the way it is to foment hatred and discord among its inhabitants.

  • G M Ben-Nathan

    Why can’t ‘stringer’ Matthew Vickery, who “has also done reporting for al-Jazheera English” be called up, interviewed and held to account in a respectable media outlet – written, oral, or visual? Or, ideally, all three.

    We always hear the moan – never a follow-up !!!

    • RiverKing

      Maybe “Qatar-based” has something to do with that? Then there might be willingness to be interviewed.

  • Robert Davis

    All leftwing medias can do or say is a heap of LIES their editors and journalists are corrupt, nazi type socialists who use göbbles’ methods. Their reports are as worthless as their brains, morality and political stand. They may get rich selling their trash but the end of their regime is close. TRUMP FOR PRESIDENT.

  • Josephine Bacon

    Christy, a Christian from Bethlehem, tells a very different story. I don’t think the Christian population in the West Bank has been increasing as, like in Gaza, they suffer terrible religious persecution. Bethlehem is now a predominantly Muslim town and that is because the Muslims have made their lives intolerable. Israel should never have handed over Bethlehem to the Palestinian Authority, who use Christmas and Easter as massive anti-Israel propaganda opportunities.

  • VictorMc

    Not worth printing this nonsense as the whole world knows Israel is the safest place for Christians for a thousand miles+ in any direction.

  • Jonah

    Will they receive a White House subsidy for this article. Invited to the White House to celebrate Ramadan? They have officially received the mark of the moon god and will now be blessed with financial outpourings from the Obama administration. It says in the book you cannot by or sell without the mark of the moon god… that Obama has been graced by congress with one trillion dollars to do as he pleases we will have a spiritual upheaval…..for the dark side….dark Vader has been loosed for a season. Helter skelter will become the norm of the day….look at Europe and Damascus. Dark Vader and the harlot on the back of the beast are in full swing. And they want us to believe climate change is a more serious threat to this planet than them. The moon bats and lunatics can buy into that but not the normal folks who know the God of Abraham. The book warned us well in advance that the world would be turned over to these two lunatics…that’s why they hate Christians…we know the truth!

  • Richard E Sherwin

    what do / can you expect? the NYT lies, the manchester guardian lies, the UN lies, the Europeans lie, the American academics lie, the presbyterian bds=ers lie, even the white house lies… let alone cnn bbc et al. why should USA Today be or even know any different? when it comes to slander and defamation of Israel and Jews … Today or Yesterday… their only alternative which is unthinkable if they can still think at all… is to blame the peace loving moslems in the middle east ethnic cleansing campaigns… including the innocent beloved victims the palestinians, their institutions and governing liars…. and we’ve all been told this is islamophobia, the 8th deadly sin of postmodernism and multiculturalism and democracy.

    • Sherlock Holmes

      Just to note, the ‘Manchester Guardian’ became just plain ‘The Guardian’ in 1959 !!!

    • zadimel

      Richard, you accuse so many people and institutions of lying, but wonder if you might be shaving truth to fit your incredulity. While I would agree that each of the organizations and groups at times do not tell the whole story or intentionally misinform,your broad earmarks suggest you are the keeper of the truth,the whole truth. I am,indeed, quite suspicious that you are a protector of all the facts and the guarantor of the truth.

  • Tabitha Korol

    Matthew Vickery is preceded by his long-tainted reputation. He had obviously chosen years ago to side with Islam and tyranny against Jews, Israel, and democracy. He follows the rules of taqiyyah, and I fail to understand why USA Today has give him credibility. USA Today owes the American people some honesty and journalistic ethics; there is enough damaging propaganda and dishonesty coming out of the Islamic countries – but they have declared they are at war with the west, America and Israel. Has USA Today joined forces with the other side, as well?

  • Uriel Priwes

    I suppose that Antisemitism disguised as antizionism is not confined to yellow rags such as the New York Times. It seems to infect other newspapers as well.

  • Burt Sharf

    Gosh, I thought this is moderate.

  • Burt Sharf

    What is wrong with you people? Israel is a small place in the mid-east ( look at the map). It is the only free place to live in the middle east. It has survived when under siege and boycott , yet you people use Al-Jazeera as unbiased source. I shudder to think what your reporting would have been in 1938. When was the last time you questioned reparations to the Jews who were forced out of their homes in 1948. It just does not make sense.

  • Wm. J. Levy

    Wouldn’t it be terrible if USA suffered a catastrophic fire?

    It’s time for Jews to stop being so weak and make their enemies fear them.

    I say God will destroy USA.

  • Linda Rivera

    Palestinian Arab: “Palestinian Christians … receive no tolerance or mercy from the Israeli occupation. Their land has been confiscated, their houses have been destroyed.”

    The only ones doing an occupation are Muslims. Muslims are also perpetrating an extremely hostile occupation of little Europe and tiny Britain.

    How much does Qatar and Saudi Arabia pay USA Today to print this filth? To spew forth venom and dirty, satanic lies against Israel?

    In Muslim countries and Muslim areas, Christians suffer daily, severe Muslim persecution. Violent physical and sexual assaults. Kidnappings. Murders…

  • nelson marans

    I wrote a letter to the editor criticizing this one-sided distorted presentation, one which I am sure will not be published Hopefully if enough letters are received stating the same criticism one will be published

  • Count LF Chodkiewicz Chudzikiewicz

    As someone who has fought for 20 years to get a fairer view of Israel I know Camera is a far Right Republican group tgat has NO credibility anywhere. Anything they do undercuts real attemots to support Israel

  • brenrod

    so how much was the paid whore masquerading as a journalist paid to blood libel the Jews and should blood libelers who incite the murder of Jews be assassinated? Hope springs eternal.