As the Elder of Ziyon points out here, Harriet Sherwood of The Guardian (on August 19) repeated the crux of an article from the previous day’s Haaretz, because it suited her and her newspaper’s world view. Unfortunately, for her, her source was wrong. Misleading and wrong. Malicious, misleading and wrong.
I encourage you to read the whole of the Elder’s excellent post, but I will offer the following extract as a marker of what is going on:
As the events of this past week show, there has always been a tiny percentage of Jews who have terrorized Arabs. Of course, those with an agenda want to show that these reprehensible acts have been increasing, so we will see false articles like this one in Ha’aretz – slavishly copied by The Guardian – designed not to reflect the truth but to embarrass the right wing and implicate them in these attacks.
In the 1980s there were actually murders of Arabs by Jewish terrorists, as well as other very serious attacks. To give the impression that somehow Jewish violence today is an epidemic is simply a lie. By any yardstick, it is very small – and it is minuscule compared to the attacks that Arabs carry out on Jews, today. Ha’aretz, like most centrist and left-wing Israeli media, completely ignores the daily Molotov cocktail attacks by Arabs against Jews in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria. And, of course, so does The Guardian and many other media who in turn copy their reports without checking the facts for themselves.
The media, dedicated more to themes than to facts, eagerly pushes any shred of evidence that things are worse today than they were in years past.
Even when they have to make that evidence up.
Let there be no doubt; I abhor the violence perpetrated against the Arab kid beaten up in Jerusalem last week. All such violence is inexcusable, wrong, and deserves condemnation by everyone. The perpetrators should be punished to the full extent of the law. And that’s the way the overwhelming majority of Israelis feel about the issue. But without in any way minimizing it, as the Elder points out, such terrorism is not a one way street. Indeed, the overwhelming bulk of attacks are the other way around. However, that’s not how the mainstream media reports it. It would not suit their world view. They are the worst kind of hypocrites when it comes to Israel. Now why might that be?