Since the Oct. 7 Hamas attack on southern Israel in which more than 1,400 Israelis were brutally massacred and another 200 were taken into captivity in the Gaza Strip, the international media has been rife with journalistic malpractice in coverage of events happening in the Middle East.
The following examples highlight the endemic bias, and sometimes explicit hostility, Israel and the Jewish people have faced over the past two weeks from leading media outlets across the globe.
United States: The New York Times
“Israeli Strike Kills Hundreds in Hospitals, Palestinian Officials Say”
Omitting that the fact that the cited “Palestinian officials” were affiliated with Hamas, The New York Times spread this unsubstantiated allegation before confirming its veracity. Within several hours, the Israeli military provided clear proof that a failed Islamic Jihad rocket launch was responsible for the deadly blast at Al-Ahli Arab Hospital in the Gaza Strip on Oct. 17. The New York Times willingly chose to parrot Hamas, a genocidal internationally-recognized terrorist organization which slaughtered more than 1,400 Israelis just a week and a half earlier.
United Kingdom: BBC
“Hundreds of People Have Been Killed in an Israeli Strike on a Hospital in Gaza, According to Palestinian Officials”
Without any confirmation and solely based on a claim by the Hamas-run Health Ministry in Gaza, the BBC disseminated unfounded propaganda, contributing to the the growing global hostility faced by Israel and Diaspora Jewish communities.
United Kingdom: The Guardian
“The Language Being Used to Describe Palestinians Is Genocidal”
In an op-ed in The Guardian, reporter Chris McGreal drew ludicrous comparisons between the 1994 Rwandan genocide to Israel’s military response to the Oct. 7 Hamas attack. By whitewashing Hamas’ barbaric crimes against humanity and portraying Israel as the aggressor, McGreal robs Israelis of their victimhood following the most devastating attack against the Jewish people since the Holocaust.
Germany: Frankfurter Rundschau
“Israel Attacks Hezbollah”
Without context, this headline distorts the sequence of events on the Israel-Lebanon border. It makes no distinction between Hezbollah’s aggressive acts of violent provocation and Israel’s legitimate self-defensive responses.
“Russia Has Always Supported an Independent Palestine — Putin”
The Russian state-owned TASS news agency featured an article arguing that the lack of Palestinian statehood was the cause of the current violence. In doing so, the Russian government egregiously whitewashed Hamas’ responsibility for its terrorist crimes.
Saudi Arabia: Arab News
“Saudi Arabia Leads Condemnation of Israeli Airstrike on Gaza Hospital That Killed Hundreds”
Despite extensive evidence showing Islamic Jihad was at fault for the misfired rocket that struck Al-Ahli Arab Hospital on Oct. 17, Arab News, owned by the Saudi Research and Marketing Group, echoed false Hamas propaganda demonizing Israel. Such misinformation contributes to both rising tensions across the Middle East and raises the threat levels faced by Jewish communities across the globe.
Spain: El Mundo
“Israel and Palestine: Decades of Occupation, Failed Peace, Death, and Millions of Displaced People”
By positing that decades of “occupation” is the root cause of the war in Gaza, El Mundo appallingly sought to justify Hamas’ raping, burning, and slaughtering of more than 1,400 Israeli men, women, and children on Oct. 7. El Mundo completely ignored the inherent antisemitism driving Hamas’ actions, as spelled out explicitly in the terrorist group’s 1988 founding charter.
South Africa: Africanews
“Israel-Hamas War Triggers Wave of Solidarity in North Africa”
This Africanews headline conveniently failed to mention that the “solidarity” it referred to included celebrations of crimes against humanity, as well as acts of violence and vandalism targeting Jewish communities. For example, a synagogue in El Hamma, Tunisia, was burned down and destroyed by a mob demonstrating its so-called “solidarity” with Hamas.
Australia: World Socialist Web Site
“Australian Greens Slandered as Antisemitic for Condemning Bombing of Gaza”
This article, of course, overlooked the fact that the reason for the “slander” was the Australian Greens’ refusal to accept the irrefutable evidence that Israel was not responsible for the Oct. 17 explosion at Al-Ahli Arab Hospital.