At the start of 2018, The New York Times continued funding its ad campaign seeking to convince readers the newspaper is a reliable arbiter of “truth.” A letter by the newspaper’s new publisher, Arthur Gregg Sulzberger, assured the public that “The Times will hold itself to the highest standards of independence, rigor and fairness.” This followed a 2016 letter by its previous publisher, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Jr, promising the same.
But the paper’s handling of the Arab-Israeli conflict has long been seen as slanted against Israel — obsessed with perceived flaws of the Jewish state and eager to downplay the Palestinian role in perpetuating the ongoing conflict. That view is corroborated by detailed analysis.
Will 2018 bring fulfillment of New York Times promises, or more of the same? CAMERA’s timeline keeps track of the newspaper’s stumbles in its coverage of the conflict this year.
Jump to the latest: The New York Times calls Palestinian payments to terrorists a “far-right conspiracy.” After CAMERA’s contact with editors, the newspaper corrects.
Dec. 7, 2017
HIDDEN IN TRANSLATION
New York Times claims an Egyptian intelligence officer told media figures not to condemn American recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. But audio of his phone calls makes clear the opposite is true. "Do you understand?" he told one media figure. "We will condemn without a doubt." (More…)
… also on Dec. 7
The New York Times describes Ramallah as a "dreary" town, after an Egyptian intelligence official suggests it might work as a Palestinian capital.
In previous New York Times reports, though, Ramallah was lauded as the "bustling," "sophisticated" "de facto capital" and "center of Palestinian government and cultural life," "home to music, dance and arts festivals," where "bars and café's are filled with laughter" — "a destination" for international tourists and Palestinians alike. (More…)
Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas tells Muslim heads of state that Jews are expert at falsifying history and religion, and that God said as much in the Koran. The New York Times covers the speech — but ignores Abbas's anti-Semitism. (More…)
Jan. 9, 2018
EASY ON UNRWA
In an article promising to tell readers "What is Unrwa," The New York Times fails to note the controversies that plague the agency. (More…)
SOFT-PEDALLING ABBAS (AGAIN)
After the Palestinian president rewrites Jewish history, for example by absurdly claiming Jews preferred slaughter in the Holocaust over life in Palestine, the New York Times ignores much of what prompted observers to call the televised speech "outrageous," "unhinged," and "shameful" — and even repeats some of Abbas's falsehoods without challenge. (More…)
SIDING WITH THE JEWS?
The newspaper claims Kenneth Marcus, nominated for a position at the U.S. Education Department, has sided with Jews against "students of color," citing his support for a definition of anti-Semitism said to be embraced by Jews and opposed by Palestinians.
Unmentioned is that the definition has been endorsed by the State Department, and that a virtually identical one is used by the European Union.
A WIFE LOSES HER TEMPER
Although it ignored anti-Semitic language by the Palestinian prime minister a month earlier, the newspaper publishes a detailed piece about a nearly 10-year-old recording of the Israeli prime minister's wife losing her temper during a phone call.
WATERED DOWN BDS EXTREMISM
The New York Times tells readers that BDS acts against Israel "primarily in protest against its settlement and security practices in the West Bank" — but leaders of the self-proclaimed boycott "movement" make clear their motivation is much broader, with a series of demands that amount to a call for the elimination of the Jewish state, and have even admitted they desire a country where Jews are, by definition, a minority.
"HARD-LINE" JEWS BACK JERUSALEM CAPITAL
Days after downplaying the extremism of anti-Israel BDS activists, the New York Times associates support for the U.S. decision to recognize Israel's capital in Jerusalem with "hard-line" Jews. But mainstream Jewish organizations support the idea, as does President Obama's former ambassador to Israel and, in 1995 and 2017, overwhelming bipartisan majorities in Congress. (More…)
WHERE DID ABBAS GO?
Less than a week after the New York Times reported about the Gaza Strip's struggles that "the heart of the crisis" and "its most immediate cause" is a infighting between the two largest Palestinian factions, Hamas and Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah party, the newspaper changes its tune, opting to hide Abbas's role in the territory's "unraveling."
GAZA SUFFERING, REPRISE
Again, the New York Times avoids telling readers of Palestinian responsibility for suffering in the Gaza Strip, this time attributing a shortage of medicine and water to "a blockade by Israel and Egypt." In fact, the Palestinian Authority is primarily responsible for the scarcity in medicine, and overpumping has caused water shortages. (More…)
The New York Times is mum after the Palestinian president calls the American ambassador a "son of a dog." (More…)
"LAND DAY" AND "PALESTINIAN LAND"
A story errs twice on land-related issues. It describes Land Day as "the anniversary of some of the first collective protests against the Israeli occupation" — in fact, as prior Times stories have noted, it marks the 1976 requisition of Arab-owned land in Israel Arab deaths during riots that followed.
The article also casts East Jerusalem and Area C of the West Bank as "Palestinian territories." They are not.
"PEACEFUL" MOLOTOV COCKTAILS AND STONES
Despite the Hamas fighters who planted explosives, hurled Molotov cocktails, and attempted to breach the border, a "news analysis" piece refers to Hamas provocations as an "experiment with nonviolent protest." Why? Perhaps to help sell the reporter's claim that Israel uses "disproportionate force" — a partisan allegation that might be acceptable on the opinion pages, but not on the news pages. (More…)
A CORRECTION: MARCH IS FOR "RETURN"
The New York Times mischaracterizes Palestinian demonstrations as merely a protest against the blockade on the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. Following CAMERA's intervention, the newspaper updates its language to acknowledge Palestinian demand for a so-called "right of return." (More…)
HAMAS IS NOT JOHN LENNON
A headline in the Times print edition, "Battle Weary, Hamas Gives Peaceful Protests a Chance," invokes John Lennon's famous anti-war lyrics. But Hamas, a terror group, also gives Molotov cocktails, attack tunnels, and talk of eviscerating Israelis a chance. (More…)
OP-ED ERRS ON ADMISSIONS COMMITTEE LAW
Israeli MK Ayman Odeh tells New York Times readers that an Israeli law allows small towns to racially discriminate against potential residents. The law actually says committees may not reject candidates "for reasons of race, religion, gender, nationality, disability, personal status, age, parenthood, sexual orientation, country of origin, political-party opinion or affiliation." (More…)
A CORRECTION: PENSION FOR MURDERERS "NOT A CONSPIRACY THEORY"
An article in the newspaper's Technology section says reports about Palestinian payments to the families of terrorists is a "far-right conspiracy." CAMERA's communication with editors leads to a correction. "That is not a conspiracy theory," the Times admits. (More…)
ABBAS ANTI-SEMITISM COVERED—EVENTUALLY
Two full days after the Palestinian president blamed the Holocaust on the Jews themselves, the New York Times comes around to publishing a news story on the speech, followed by an editorial slamming Abbas's "vile words." (More…)