Israel in the International Media

Israel tends to get a bad rap in the international media. When the media’s reporting is colored by an anti-Israel bias, these media outlets succeed in bolstering the terrorists, distorting reality, and delegitimizing Israel in the eyes of viewers around the world. In 2014, this strong media bias against Israel was especially noticeable in the reporting of Operation Protective Edge and the Har Nof, Jerusalem terrorist attack. See what top news sources had to say:

Operation Protective Edge:

Reporting by the international media was characterized by a strong anti-Israel bias as well as glaring professional and ethical failures, that manifested in all aspects of coverage: headlines, reports, editorials, photos and cartoons. Part of the problem was that the images depicting what was happening in Gaza showed only what Hamas allowed the media to share via their censure. The Hamas censure, as well as Hamas’s intimidation of journalists, ensured that only images of destruction—some of which were staged—and of civilian casualties, especially women and children, were allowed to be broadcasted from Gaza. What was grossly missing were the images of rockets launchers situated in populated areas including UNRWA schools, hospitals and mosques. Moreover, only a few brave journalists had the courage to tell viewers about the Hamas censure and of Hamas’s practice of exploiting casualties by using human shield.

Additionally, the international media largely blamed Israel because of the disproportionate death toll, conveniently forgetting to take into account that Hamas routinely inflates death toll figures, employed the deadly practice of using human shields, and killed many of its own people as a result of failed rockets launches in populated areas. As a result of these misleading reports, the rise of anti-Semitism and anti-Israel sentiment around the world increased during and in the aftermath of Operation Protective Edge.

Har Nof Attack:

Blatant failures by the international media to report accurately on the situation were evident in the reporting of this attack. Here is what some of the leading news providers had to say:

  • CBC: “Jerusalem police fatally shoot 2 after apparent synagogue attack,” without making note that those “2” were the terrorists who killed 5 Israelis.

  • BBC: Fails to call the attack a terrorist attack, rather choosing to state, “in what police say was ‘terrorist attack.’”

  • CNN: The headline “4 Israelis, 2 Palestinians killed in synagogue attack, Israeli police say,” equates the victims with the perpetrators, and calls into question the veracity of the Israeli police. On a CNN ticker, text mistakenly read: “deadly attack on Jerusalem mosque” which completely misled viewers and caused irreparable damage to Israel.

  • Reuters: The headline, “Suspected Palestinian Attack” failed to call the incident an act of terror.

  • The New York Times: The headline, “Israel Shaken by 5 Deaths in Synagogue Assault,” also grotesquely included the terrorists in the death toll with the victims while failing to call the incident an act of terror.