Media violated professional standards

International media failed professionally and ethically in Gaza

According to civilian death toll measure, Nazi Germany – which had one million dead civilians in World War II – was a victim of the aggressive US, which lost ‘only’ 12,000 civilians. The New York Times and the BBC, which emphasized the “victim competition,” are now admitting that the reported number of civilian deaths contradicts statistical tests. This is a professional failure.

Eytan Gilboa , August, 13, 2014, YNet News

The media coverage of wars affects the global public opinion, leaders and decision making. Its trends can determine the results just as much as what it achieved in the battlefield.

The main problem presented in the media during all of Israel’s wars and operations in the past decade is proportionality and the number of civilian casualties. The media is the main source of information on the extent, type and source of losses.


Media Bias

The international media’s hypocrisy – the Hamas case / Yossi Levy

Op-ed: Most of the international media have decided for you in advance that Israel is the bad guy in the story. It focuses on every Gaza casualty while ignoring civilian deaths in Syria, Iraq, Nigeria, Libya and Kenya.

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The coverage of Operation Protective Edge and the civilian casualties in the global media, mainly in the West, was characterized by an anti-Israel bias and serious professional and ethical failures. They appeared in all components of the journalistic coverage: Pictures, headlines, reports, editorials and cartoons.

The images from Gaza showed only what Hamas permitted the media to broadcast and describe. Hamas terrorized and censored journalists. It only allowed them to broadcast images of destruction and killing of civilians, particularly women and children, and staged situations on the ground.

There were no images of rockets launched from populated areas and from within UNRWA schools, mosques and hospitals. There were only images of civilians’ bodies and funerals and very few images of Hamas fighters, if any.

Media outlets around the world failed to mention the restricting conditions they had operated under in Gaza, which unavoidably led to false and misleading reports.

Only after they left Gaza, few journalists like the Italian Gabriele Barbati and the French Gallagher Fenwick dared to expose the way Hamas terrorized journalists, its use of civilians as human shields and its failed launches which resulted in the killing of children, like at the Shati refugee camp on July 28. This is an ethical failure.

The media have turned the civilian death toll into the only measure of the justness of the Israeli warfare. The New York Times and Haaretz, for instance, published the Gaza death toll on their front pages every day. The message is clear: The higher the number of civilian casualties, the more “war crimes” Israel is committing.

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World still loves to blame Jews

Dear World

World, it seems like whatever Jewish people do, whatever contributions we make to the societies in which we live, however much we keep our heads down and try to contribute only positives without making a fuss, it is never enough to stem the hatred, it is never enough for you.

Blake Ezra

Blake Ezra , August 9, 2014

Blake Ezra is a London based writer on Middle Eastern Politics and the Jewish World.

 

Dear world, I’m writing to you from a place of despair and confusion. When I say ‘world’, I don’t simply mean the planet upon which we all live but I address personally whoever is reading this. As a Jewish person, I have a question for you. It’s a genuine question to which I can’t find a suitable answer through my own thoughts… What do you want from us?

I’m writing from London, where only yesterday a black Islamic flag was flown from an estate in Tower Hamlets, and a passer-by was shouted at by a group of Muslim youths, “Fuck off Jew, you’re not welcome here.” In the past month, in the supposedly liberated and forward thinking capital of England, a Swastika has been daubed onto a Jewish home, protestors have carried placards with slogans such as ‘Hitler Was Right’, and an independent arts venue has imposed sanctions upon an apolitical Jewish Film Festival.

In Scotland, a property sales consultant called Richard Ladd, a professional suit-wearing gentleman who deals with the public each day, tweeted “Shut up you ugly Jewish c***. If only Hitler was still around to sort you out” to a Jewish footballer. In France, rioters have looted and burned Jewish shops, and attacked synagogues. In Germany, two Jewish people were attacked only for being Jewish, and an Imam in Berlin told his congregants, “Count the Jews and kill them to the very last one.” In Belgium, a café has displayed a sign banning Jews from entering, and four people were indiscriminately murdered on the street outside the Jewish Museum in Brussels. Flags of Hamas and Hezbollah, both of whom call for death to Jews, have been flown in cities including Sydney and Vancouver. The cover of Newsweek Magazine recently featured the headline ‘Why Europe’s Jews Are Fleeing Once Again’. World, shockingly I really could go on for much longer, but hopefully you get the picture…

I don’t feel safe as a Jewish person in my own city at this moment in time, and this is a sentiment shared by many of my co-religionists, regardless of their levels of religious observance or political affiliations – it is solely due to the religion into which they were born. It is truly difficult to believe I’m writing such a post, condemning the most vicious forms of racism with masses of people in numerous countries genuinely calling for death to Jews, whilst using a military situation in the Middle East as their excuse to make these ferocious desires appear somewhat justifiable. Perhaps Lord Rabbi Sacks, a respected thinker and former Chief Rabbi of the UK, summed it up better than I could in the British House of Lords last week: “My Lords forgive me, if I say that I did not expect 120 years after the Dreyfus Case and 70 year after the Holocaust, that the cry of ‘Death to the Jews’ would be heard again in the streets of France and Germany.”

World, what do you want from us? I’m not asking in order to be prosaic, in order to write for writing’s sake. I’m asking because I genuinely don’t know. Trust me, as I sit here fearing for what my city may become in the next five or ten years, I’m really trying to answer the question, but I can’t. There is a passage in the Passover service read by Jewish people every year; it lists the gifts that God has given to us. After each one we say “Dayenu”, which in modern vernacular means, “This would have been enough for us.” World, it seems like whatever Jewish people do, whatever contributions we make to the societies in which we live, however much we keep our heads down and try to contribute only positives without making a fuss, it is never enough to stem the hatred, it is never enough for you.

The Jewish people have never constituted a large proportion of the population of this planet, yet have given humanity so much. Jewish people who have helped shape our world include Gabriel Lippmann, Nobel Prize Winner for Physics in 1908 for inventing colour photography, Albert Einstein with his theory of relativity, and Jonas Salk who invented the first vaccine for polio. What about Levi Strauss, who’s probably creditable for the trousers you’re wearing right now, Ephraim Hertzano who invented the game of Rummikub, or Nat Rothschild and Moses Montefiore who helped Britain become ‘Great’. What about any of the 193 Jewish Nobel Prize winners across the fields of Medicine, Economics, Literature and Peace?

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Media seeks to condemn Israel

The international media’s hypocrisy – the Hamas case


Most of the international media have decided for you in advance that Israel is the bad guy in the story. It focuses on every Gaza casualty while ignoring civilian deaths in Syria, Iraq, Nigeria, Libya and Kenya.

Yossi Levy, August 9, 2014

Reprinted from YNet News

In the summer of 1999 more than 2,000 civilians were killed by NATO air forces which bombed cities and villages in what was the former Yugoslavia. As Ambassador to Belgrade, I still feel the pain and the agony of that horrible summer. It wasn’t only Serbian military bases that were bombed but also, albeit unintentionally, hospitals, schools, libraries, and even a train over a bridge. Serbia, as you all know, had not launched even a single missile towards any NATO capital city.

The media in the countries that were involved in the military operation did not, however, start their daily broadcasting with updates on the number of civilian dead; they didn’t mention the death toll every 30 minutes and, actually, did not even send camera crews to show their shocked viewers in London and Hamburg the horrors and bloodshed of demolished streets and hospitals.


Losing Hasbara

‘Smashing a peanut with a hammer’: Foreign journalists on int’l coverage of Gaza fighting  / Polina Garaev

Since Gaza op started, IDF released scores of videos of pilots calling off strikes and Israel urging Gazans to evacuate, but foreign reporters tell Ynet that in Europe a photo of dead Palestinians is worth more than a thousand Israeli words.

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As far as Western media were concerned, the Serbian civilian victims had no names and no faces. It is the same today with regards to the women and children killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, who have been killed in massive numbers over the past decade or more, who were the tragic victims of Western air forces bombing terrorist targets in both countries.

Does anyone know how many innocents have been victims of Western pilots in the last decade? Nobody bothers to count them because the European media knows full well that war has its own cruel rules – that in war, yes, innocent people do unfortunately die.

With one exception. The war between Israel and Hamas with its Jihadi Islamic terror. When it comes to this war, European media has different standards. The tragic innocent victims who have been killed by the Israeli Defence Forces dominate practically every news outlet and their deaths have been reported in the most dramatic way time and time again. Meanwhile, as we speak, innocents are dying in Syria, Iraq, Nigeria, Libya, and Kenya, usually on a vaster scale than in Gaza, but the media is uninterested in people who die in those countries who have had an extra piece of bad luck – Israel didn’t kill them, so the world doesn’t care.

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World is obsessed with hating Jews

Obsessive Gaza coverage is fanning antisemitism

The media must beware of fuelling an anti-Jewish backlash with over-the-top comparisons to the Holocaust or likening Gaza to a concentration camp

 

 

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A protest against the Israeli offensive in Frankfurt. ‘In Germany, chants of ‘Hamas, Hamas, Jews to the gas!’ have been heard.’ Photograph: Ralph Orlowski/Reuters

It is no longer possible to deny that Europe still has a “Jewish problem”. In France, synagogues have been firebombed. In Germany, chants of “Hamas, Hamas, Jews to the gas!” have been heard. The British Jewish community, too, is reporting a spike in antisemitic incidents – most thankfully non-violent – in a nasty spillover of anger over Gaza. “Free Gaza” was spray-painted onto a Brighton synagogue; a “child murderers” sign affixed to a synagogue in Surrey. This nastiness permeates polite society too: in sympathising with David Ward MP’s pro-Hamas comments, former Lib Dem MEP Edward McMillan-Scott derided the Board of Deputies of British Jews as “a frightful bag of disputatious Jews”.

Perhaps no wonder that Newsweek’s cover story last week had the chilling headline: “Exodus: why Europe’s Jews are fleeing once again”.

Critics of Israeli policy might say that only Zionists, not all Jews, should be facing reproach for the operation in Gaza. But the anti-Jewish backlash – aimed at Jewish, not specifically Zionist, targets – has, ironically, reminded many Jews precisely why they need a safe and secure Jewish homeland in the first place – the essence of Zionism.

Why has the conflict in Gaza caused such a frightening reaction on the streets of Europe? One answer is that the media attention has been excessive, exaggerated beyond all reasonable proportions, and it is this which encourages outbursts of anger by appealing to the public’s emotions. Tiny Israel ranks fifth in the list of foreign countries most reported on by the Guardian. Gaza is an important news story – but the wall-to-wall coverage leaves many scratching their heads. Nobody seems to recall similar attention devoted to the far greater civilian casualties of the UK’s operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Why the disproportionate coverage of Israel? “Jews are news” many say, with a shrug. But this obsession with Israel’s conduct tacitly encourages the easy slide into hostility towards Jews.

First, the reporting gives the false impression that the situation in Gaza, though tragic, is uniquely horrific. Compare it to the silence surrounding Isis’s frightening rampage through Iraq: Mosul has been emptied of its ancient Christian community; hundreds of thousands of Yezidis have been cleansed from Nineveh province. Compare it also to coverage of the plight of Palestinians in Syria, where thousands of Palestinians have been killed and the Yarmouk refugee camp remains under siege. How many newspaper front pages have been devoted to these events?

The problem is not helped by hyperbole: one report on Sky News even compared the Gaza operation to the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Moreover, the flood of heartbreaking images of dead children addles the brain: Israel’s protestations that it does more than any other army to avoid civilian casualties are simply laughed off. Israel is painted as irredeemably evil; its friends, accomplices in crime. I cannot count the number of times I have been told that if I am a Zionist – which means no more than believing that Israel has a right to exist – that means I must support the murder of children.

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US to stop ISIS slaughter in Iraq

Why the U.S. Is Taking Such Serious Steps to Aid Iraq’s Yazidis

Reprinted from SLATE, August 7, 2014

By Joshua Keating

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An Iraqi Yazidi family that fled the violence in Sinjar sits at a school where they are taking shelter in the Kurdish city of Dohuk on Aug. 5, 2014.

Photo by Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty Images

Update, 10:55 p.m.: President Obama has authorized airstrikes on ISIS militants in Iraq if needed to protect American personnel.


The Obama administration is reportedly considering a number of actions, including possible airstrikes, in response to the unfolding humanitarian catastrophe in Iraq. Between 10,000 and 40,000 civilians are currently stranded on Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq without food and water, having been driven out of the town of and surrounding villages by ISIS earlier this week. Dehydration is rampant, and dozens have already died.

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Joshua Keating is a staff writer at Slate focusing on international affairs and writes the World blog. 

 

Most of those stranded are Yazidis, members of a small sect whose religion combines elements of Zoroastrianism and Sufi Islam. They’re considered apostates by ISIS and other groups like it and would likely be killed if they descended from the mountain. The situation facing the Iraqi Yazidis—a group with fewer than 600,000 adherents worldwide, mostly in Iraq, Iran, Turkey and Syria—looks like a potential genocide. George Packer of the New Yorker called it that in a widely read essay yesterday. In a heartrending appeal to the Iraqi parliament this week, a Yazidi lawmaker exclaimed, “Mr. Speaker, We are being slaughtered, we are being exterminated.”

The Yazidis aren’t the only group at risk due to ISIS’ advance. Up to a quarter of the country’s Christians have reportedly fled. Bobby Ghosh of Quartz notes other groups, including the Shabak sect and Iraq’s Turkmen population, that have been targeted. And of course, Shiites have been killed in large numbers in areas taken over by ISIS.

But the immediacy of the crisis facing the trapped Yazidis has caught the world’s attention. In addition to the measure being considered by the White House, which could include humanitarian aid drops as well as airstrikes, the U.N. says it has managed to extract some civilians and is working to get aid to those remaining.

It may seem cynical to point this out, but a specific imminent massacre is more likely to spur international action than ongoing violence, no matter how devastating. Contrast the international community’s response to prevent Muammar Qaddafi’s planned assault in Benghazi in 2011 with the slow-moving reaction to the continuing nightmare in Syria.

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War against Hamas is moral and just

Netanyahu lays out Israeli case for morality of Gaza campaign

The battle against Islamist terrorism is a test not only for the Jewish state but for the entire ‘civilized world,’ PM says

By Raphael Ahren ,  August 6, 2014, 10:04 pm

Reprinted from Times of Israel

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures during a press conference at his Jerusalem offices, on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 (photo credit: AFP/JIM HOLLANDER/POOL)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures during a press conference at his Jerusalem offices, on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 (photo credit: AFP/JIM HOLLANDER/POOL)

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Raphael Ahren Raphael Ahren is the diplomatic correspondent at The Times of Israel.

 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday night set out a moral justification for the way the IDF has dealt with the Hamas strategy of firing rockets at Israel, and tunneling under the Israeli border, from the heart of Palestinian residential neighborhoods in Gaza.

Arguing that Israel’s battle over the past month against terrorists in Gaza using civilians as human shields came during a critical test period, he said it would be a “moral mistake” as well as a practical one to not take action against terrorists operating from mosques, schools and other civilian areas.

Such behavior would represent “an enormous victory for terrorists everywhere,” he said, and would result in more and more civilian deaths around the world.

“What’s happening now is not only a test for Israel but for the international community, for the civilized world itself, [for] how it is to defend itself,” Netanyahu declared at a press conference on the second day of a 72-hour ceasefire that began on Tuesday morning.

Terrorists must not be allowed to “fight from civilian areas with impunity” and rely on world condemnation of the victimized nation — in this case, Israel — for responding to attacks, he warned.

The prime minister blamed Hamas for Gaza’s civilian deaths, due to its rejection of various ceasefire proposals throughout the campaign and its deliberate basing of its military infrastructure in the heart of Gaza population centers.

Palestinian sources in Gaza say that over 1,800 people were killed in the past month during Operation Protective Edge; Israel says it killed some 900 combatants, and Netanyahu stressed that Israel “regrets” every civilian death. Israel entered the campaign in order to stem rocket fire from Gaza at Israeli towns and cities as well as to destroy a network of tunnels, dug by Hamas under the border, and used to launch attacks inside Israeli territory.

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West encourages terror against Jews

West encouraging terror with ‘massacre’ claims

 

Western states support Israel’s right to defend itself, as long as it goes to war with its hands tied.

Ben-Dror Yemini, YNet News, August 6, 2014

It was clear from the beginning that Hamas was waging a double battle – both a military battle and a PR battle. It was clear to Hamas from the beginning that every military failure could turn into a PR achievement, and that every humanitarian crisis is a strategic achievement.

This works. Every word written and said, in the world and in Israel, about a “massacre” and “war crimes” is another word establishing Hamas’ strategy.

So we can tell ourselves, repeatedly, that we are winning. Militarily, it’s true. Strategically, it’s much less true. The first and expected international sign came from the UN Human Rights Council, whose decision to launch a commission of inquiry is more serious than the decision made by that same council in regards to Operation Cast Lead.

Now it’s also leaders and friends from the Western states. In France, it’s the president and foreign minister who are using the word “massacre,” thereby not only helping Hamas score points but also encouraging the jihadists on Paris’ streets. If this is what Laurent Fabius and Francois Hollande are saying, how can we complain about the protestors?

It’s a given process. In the first stage, they show understanding towards Israel. In the second stage, media reports emerge about the destruction in Gaza and about the innocent casualties. In the third stage, the politicians change their stance.

Ed Miliband, the British opposition leader, strongly criticized his country’s arms deals with Israel, and Prime Minister David Cameron announced that every single deal would be reviewed thoroughly. Another achievement for Hamas.

France and Britain were in the exact same situation when NATO planes bombed Belgrade and its surroundings. A Hospital, a retirement home and a refugee camp suffered direct hits. On April 15, 1999, British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook reacted to the targeting of innocent people: “How dare they now produce crocodile tears for people killed in the conflict for which they are responsible.”

It happened again in 2012 in the bombardments against the Libyan regime. Innocent people were killed. Amnesty demanded an investigation. NATO ignored it.

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UNRWA supports terrorism and hatred

Opinion

August 6, 2014

UNRWA: United Neo-Nazis for Rockets, War and Abductions

In the case of UNRWA, truth is far uglier than fiction. UNRWA is a real-life, super-secret, terror organization that is trying to destroy the State of Israel.

From Mark Langfan

Almost everybody knows, or should know, what SPECTRE is.  SPECTRE is the fictional, super-secret, world-wide terror organization that is featured as trying to destroy or extort the free world in many James Bond movies.  SPECTRE is an acronym standing for SPecial Executive for Counter-intelligence,Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion.  All the minions of SPECTRE do all day long is plan and execute murder and extortion of good people.  

In the James Bond movie, Thunderball, nobody really ‘knew’ about SPECTRE’s evil purpose because it successfully masqueraded itself under the legitimate cover of a humanitarian refugee relief organization.  SPECTRE was the evil product of he great spy novelist, Ian Fleming.


UNRWA and its “refugee” definition is the greatest obstacle to peace, not the Israelis in Israel’s homeland of Judea and Samaria.

Almost nobody knows, but everyone should know, what UNRWA is.  UNRWA is a real-life, super-secret, terror organization that is trying to destroy the State of Israel.  UNRWA is an acronym standing for United Nazis for Rockets, War and Abductions.  UNRWA acts as it does only because it is a Jewish state.  In real-life, nobody really knows about UNRWA’s purpose because it has successfully masqueraded itself under the legitimate cover of a humanitarian Palestinian refugee “relief” organization using the very same initials – UNRWA – ostensibly standing for United Nations Relief and Works Agency.  The UNRWA terror organization is an evil product of the great post-World War II powers, the United Nations.

In the case of UNWRA, truth is stranger, and far uglier, than the fiction of SPECTRE.

How did we get UNRWA?  And, how does it work to try to destroy Israel?

When Israel was created, there were two types of European and American diplomats.  The first type of diplomats were crypto-Nazis who were able to slide into the post-World War 2 world.  They wanted to finish the job Hitler started. 

The second type of diplomats was the more liberal non-Nazis who witnessed the Holocaust, and watched Hitler murder the Jews.  These liberal diplomats knew they were almost as guilty as the Nazis for doing nothing.  Israel was the very living proof of the Holocaust these diplomats wanted forgotten.  In the face of the Holocaust, they couldn’t first deny Israel its creation and existence. But UNRWA tried to plant the seeds of Israel’s ultimate destruction.

The way the diplomats created UNRWA was to dramatically change the definition of refugee in the Israel-Arab conflict so that all the actual refugee’s children, grandchildren, until the end of time are deemed “refugees”.  Then, ultimately, under the ever-growing time-bomb of number of Palestinian “refugees,” Israel would be crushed.  Refugees from conflicts all over the world are under the aegis of the  UNHCR United Nations High Commission of Refugees, according to whose definition a refugee’s child does not continue to be a refugee.

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