Antisemitism and Israel-hate in the Media
The New York Times has crossed the line this weekend by encouraging Palestinian Arabs to embark upon a “third intifada” against Israel with an article by Ben Ehrenreich titled “If There is a Third Intifada, We Want to be the Ones who Started It.” This article is tantamount to calling upon the Arabs to kill Jews. Against the backdrop of Thursday’s rock attack where a two-year-old Israeli was severely injured with brain injuries when the car she was in veered off the road as a direct results of Arab youth throwing rocks, one wonders where is the decency of the NYT? Rock attacks have caused deaths and serious injuries on Israel’s roads for decades.
The New York Times Magazine celebrated the people who consider their rock attacks “non-violent,” defining them as “peaceful protestors.” Rock-throwers aren’t “peaceful” – anywhere in the world. To even allow Ehrenreich to write an article, rather than an op-ed shows the inherent bias of this outlet.
A few years ago, Ehrenreich wrote an article for The Los Angeles Times called “Zionism is the Problem” where he attacked “the Zionist tenets on which the state [of Israel] is founded.” He continued, “The problem is functional – Founding a modern state on a single ethnic or religious identity in a territory that is ethnically and religiously diverse leads inexorably either to politics of exclusion or to wholesale ethnic cleansing. Put simply, the problem is Zionism.” He continued, “If two decades ago comparisons to the South African apartheid system felt like hyperbole, they now feel charitable.”
He doesn’t believe in Zionism, considers Israel worse than apartheid South African – yet is writing a cover story for supposedly non-biased media. Israel is portrayed in this spiteful article as the superpower – rather than the underdog surrounded by Arab Muslims. One wonders what would happen if a group of teenagers threw rocks, boulders, and homemade explosive devices at police in the streets of London, Tokyo or New York. Would they not be shot by police, as they should be?
Why is it that in Israel the authorities are painted as the bad guys for enforcing the law against rock-throwers?
Read: Palestinian Rock-Throwing Attacks on Rise; Children Fighting for Lives