On the other hand, Trump, Netanyahu, and Kushner’s statements dominated the news media with little interruption, context, or critique. Journalists did not challenge them on dictating a humiliating proposal to the Palestinians or on claiming that the plight of the Palestinians is economic when playing the card of the economic section of the “deal of the century.” Journalists also refrained from any criticism of Israel, its occupation, or its withstanding discriminatory policies to subjugate the Palestinians, or from questioning its absolute acceptance of the deal.
Pro-Israel groups have consistently worked to conflate Judaism with Israel and delegitimize political actors and journalists who question or criticize its discriminatory policies against the Palestinians or its occupation as “anti-Semitic.” The idea that criticizing Israel can be anything but anti-Semitic is one of the most common arguments disseminated in the Israeli media.
The Israeli media also equates Zionism with Semitism, meaning that any criticism of Zionists is anti-Semitic.Recently, veteran BBC Middle East correspondent Orla Guerin referred to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in her Holocaust report. Near the end of her report, as it showed Israeli soldiers entering the Memorial Hall, Guerin said, “Young soldiers troop in to share the binding tragedy of the Jewish people. The state of Israel is now a regional power. For decades it has occupied Palestinian territories. But some here will always see their nation through the prism of persecution and survival.” A campaign against the BBC and this journalist was launched by The Board of Deputies of British Jews, The Campaign Against Anti-Semitism, and others, to discredit the reporter and claim bias and anti-Semitic reporting. They complained to the BBC and threatened to bring the matter to the British regulatory body, Ofcom.
Bias against Palestinians infects Arab news
There is a good chance that Arab media coverage is orchestrated by the American administration, its allies, and its agents in the region through state control or direct contact with media organizations. Earlier this year, news reports appeared about a US data operation designed to advance its ranking of influential Arab media sources and improve sentiments towards the US administration and regional policy.Print