Sunday, May 22, 2005

Try To Get It Right For A Change

Distorting Israeli Arab Reality

AFP, LA Times and Christian Science Monitor misrepresent Israeli policy toward its minority Arab citizens

The co-existence of Jewish and Arab citizens of Israel has long been a model for the potential for democratic pluralism to take root in the Mideast. But rather than publicize this encouraging fact, the major media outlets have repeatedly distorted the status of Israel's Arab community.

When Arab players on Israel's national soccer team scored key goals in recent international matches, AFP turned a positive news story on its head with this highly editorialized line:

Israeli by nationality, Palestinians at heart, Israel's 1.2 million Arabs, descendants of those who remained on their land after the Jewish state was created in 1948, are treated as second class citizens.

And here's the latest: An op-ed column denouncing Israeli policy toward its Arab minority was published in the Los Angeles Times (May 11) and The Christian Science Monitor (May 17). The author, Aaron David Miller, laments 'the predicament of Israel's own Arab citizens', claiming:

The status of Israeli Arabs, without access to military or national service, and constantly under suspicion as a potential fifth column, is indeed nation-dividing. Israel risks becoming a preferential or ethnic democracy much as the US was in the 1950s and before, when millions of African-Americans suffered from discrimination. (emphasis added) -

I am constanly amazed at the shoddy work of college educated "journalists" in the MSM. Can't get the story right, can't check for corboration of the story, can't checked the damned facts. The MSM is in a downward spiral, the only question is how many people will die as a result, way to go Newsweek et al. - KS


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