Politico in search of spies

Spy Stories, This Time in Politico

It  is an unfortunate Washington reality that stories about US intelligence breaches are often exploited to charge Israel with spying on the United States, or otherwise compromising US security. A story in Politico is the latest example, charging – without any obvious evidence – that Israel was responsible for planting cell site simulators to eavesdrop on US officials, including President Trump.

AFP Whitewashes Terrorist Convicted in Henkins’ Murder

A series of Agence France-Presse photo captions erase the crimes of Bassam al-Sayeh, convicted for his role in the 2015 murders of Rabbi Eitam and Naama Henkin. The captions, released in the wake of al-Sayeh's death in Israeli prison, also ignore that he died from cancer, falsely implying that prison conditions were at fault.

Presspectiva Prompts Channel 13 Apology For False Report on Rabbi Asaf Naumberg

After an exclusive investigation by Presspectiva, CAMERA's Hebrew site, Channel 13 retracts a story which falsely attributed hateful, anti-secular views to Rabbi Asaf Naumberg of a pre-military academy associated with Education Minister Rafi Peretz. Reverberations continue to rock the Israeli media.

Thomson Reuters Corrects: Gay Fathers Get Paternity Leave in Israel

CAMERA prompts correction after Thomson Reuters Foundation incorrectly reports that gay fathers in Israel do not receive paternity leave. In fact, either the biological or non-biological father is eligible to leave up to 26 weeks, 14 of them paid, matching the time granted to heterosexual parents.

Haaretz Corrects: 3 Kidnapped ‘Soldiers’ Were Murdered Civilian Teens

CAMERA prompts correction after Haaretz's Chemi Shalev referred to the July 2014 kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens as "the kidnapping of three Israeli soldiers." It was a crime that shocked the nation and sparked a series of events leading to war. It's hard to imagine how the Haaretz editor got this wrong.

Through the Smoke, Reuters’ Double Standard: Fires in Lebanon, Israel

Reuters captions about burning fields in southern Lebanon clearly identify the blaze's cause: an Israeli shell. In contrast, Reuters captions about damage in Israel fail to identify the cause: the Hezbollah anti-tank missile attack which prompted the Israeli response. Reuters' double standard is consistent with incomplete captions about Palestinian arson attacks in southern Israel.

Yasmin Khan on PBS Newshour: Recipe For Falsehoods

PBS depicts Yasmin Khan as committed to building connections, concealing the cookbook writer's past activity promoting an anti-Israel boycott meant to divide, not unite. Other falsehoods in the promotional interview include a question about a dish that Palestinians have eaten for "thousands of years."

PBS NewsHour Propaganda Piece Attacks Israel with Bogus Exploding Bullets Charge

PBS Newshour has once again grossly deceived its audience, with a propaganda piece that could have come directly from Hamas’ playbook. Coming more than a year after the start of the terror organization’s “Great March of Return,” the report twists those violent riots into an indictment of Israel’s military response.

Arabic Media Grapples With Jews from Arab Lands, Part 3

An Egyptian columnist endorses the few remaining Jews in Egypt but ignores all of those who have a connection to the “Zionist entity," reflecting the common dichotomy in Arabic-language media between "loyal" Jews and "treacherous" Zionists.

Los Angeles Times Corrects on Lebanese Casualties in 2006 War

CAMERA prompts correction of a Los Angeles Times article which greatly overstated the number of Lebanese civilians killed in the 2006 war, erroneously citing "nearly 1,200 Lebanese civilians." In fact, this figure includes hundreds of Hezbollah fighters.

AFP Corrects: No Pact For Jewish Power in Current Elections

CAMERA prompts correction after AFP erroneously reported that Israel's extremist far-right Jewish Power party is in an electoral alliance with other right-wing parties. While such a pact existed in the April 2019 election, Jewish Power is running alone in the September race.

How Will NY Times React to Editor’s Antisemitic Tweets?

After a senior New York Times editor had mocked and engaged in antisemitism prior to his tenure at the Times, the paper said it is "reviewing next steps." CAMERA explores what those next steps might be, based on how the paper has handled similar controversies, and how it has handled Jewish concerns.

Temple Mount “Worshippers,” Palestinian and Jewish

When is a "worshipper" not a worshipper? Reuters and AP captions misidentify Jewish visitors to the Temple Mount, forbidden from prayers and rituals, as "worshippers." The agencies also mischaracterize Muslims engaged in violence against police as "worshippers."

Reuters Corrects on Gay Marriage in Israel

CAMERA prompts correction of a Reuters article which erroneously claimed that gay marriages are "illegal" in Israel. While gay marriages, like all Jewish marriages in Israel carried outside the Orthodox Rabbinate are not recognized, they are not in violation of any law.

AFP Improves Article on Security Barrier

InfoEquitable flags falsehoods in a tendentious AFP story on the separation barrier, and prompts significant improvement. In the process, the French media-monitoring site exposes problematic social media posts by reporter Hiba Aslan.

The West Bank’s Unreported Forbidden Roads

Reuters asserts that Israeli settlers can drive through the West Bank "without major restriction," completely omitting the fact that Israelis are prohibited from entering parts of the West Bank under complete Palestinian control (Area A).

Catholic Writer Said It Was OK to Throw Rocks at MLK

Catholics who interview E. Michael Jones on their YouTube channels are helping to mainstream a Jew-baiter and racist who promotes ethnic strife in American society. They should be ashamed of themselves.

CSM Missed Series of Earlier Israeli Visits to the Gulf

"Arabs and Israelis met together publicly in the Gulf for the first time," reporter Taylor Luck reported, missing a series of public high-level visits and meetings with took place over the last three decades.

“Hamas Appreciation Month” at NY Times?

The New York Times downplays Hamas war crimes, excusing its deadly rocket fire as an expression of "impatience" with Israeli bad behavior, suggesting it mistakenly kills Israeli civilians, and describing gunmen as mere demonstrators.

AFP Improves Editorialized Language on Settlement Construction

CAMERA prompts more objective language at AFP which yesterday editorialized, stating as fact the partisan view that settlements jeopardizes the option for a two-state solution. The improved article now attributes the view to Palestinians and many other governments.

CAMERA Op-Ed: The Mufti’s War Against the Jews, Continued

Conventional wisdom claims that Amin al-Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and Nazi collaborator, ceased to be a political force after World War II. In fact, as CAMERA's original research proves, al-Husseini continued to make war against the Jewish state until his dying day, three decades after the war's end.

In Wadi Hummus Demolitions Story, Journalistic Precision Is a Casualty

Given the complicated geopolitical realities of the disputed city of Jerusalem, journalists have a particular responsibility to be precise. That was not the case, however, when several news reports this week inaccurately placed the demolished Wadi Hummus buildings in Jerusalem.

At Los Angeles Times, Sliding Scale for Israeli, Palestinian Extremists

The Los Angeles Times' Noga Tarnopolsky applies a sliding scale when it comes to Israeli and Palestinians extremists and hard-liners. Her unsubstantiated claim that "some of the most far-right Jewish settlers that Israel has to offer" attended the U.S. Embassy's Independence Day celebration in Jerusalem is a case in point.

CAMERA Prompts AP Correction of ‘Palestine’ Terminology

For the second time this year, CAMERA prompts correction of an Associated Press article which wrongly used the term "Palestine." The article is still marred, however, by omission of the fact that much of the international community views Hamas as a terror group.

CAMERA Op-Ed: Déjà Vu in Bahrain

Several news outlets have covered the Palestinian Authority's refusal to participate in a recent peace conference held in Bahrain. But many in the media played the PA's rejectionism on the U.S., failing to note that Palestinian leadership has a century long history of rejecting negotiations and statehood.

Gilad Atzmon, his Defenders, and their Enablers

Gilad Atzmon hates Jews, denies the Holocaust, and plays the saxophone. The greater concern is that his defenders, professors at prestigious universities, have faced few consequences for endorsing the extreme bigot.

BACKGROUNDER: The World Health Organization (WHO)- Another Biased UN Body

Were the WHO really interested in improving Palestinian healthcare, it would examine all the factors involved in regulating healthcare. But like the Hamas Health Ministry, the WHO seems more concerned with spreading anti-Israel propaganda than in seeking improvement to Palestinian healthcare.

Forbes Fibs on Netanyahu’s Alleged Warmongering

Jim Krane, of Rice University's Baker Institute, alleged in Forbes that "the Israeli president has been braying for America to attack Iran, just as he urged Congress to do in Iraq," and tenaciously clung to the unfounded falsehood when challenged about its veracity.

A New York Times Book Review Promotes More Anti-Semitic Fiction

In its latest Book Review Section (June 21, 2019), the New York Times promotes a novel that analogizes Palestinian refugees during the 1948 Arab-Israeli war to Jewish victims of the Nazis in what amounts to "Holocaust Inversion" – an antisemitic, anti-Zionist gimmick that depicts Israelis as the new Nazis and Palestinians as the new Jews.

Sennott Still Looking for Crazies After All These Years

Twenty years ago, Charles Sennott was worried about Christian Zionists bringing about terrible violence on the Temple Mount. It didn’t happen. Today he’s worried about Christian Zionists being on the winning side of a political debate over moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.

Haaretz’s Disproportionate Visibility for Celebrate Israel Parade Counterdemonstrators

Tens of thousands of pro-Israel marchers came out for Manhattan's Celebrate Israel Parade, but Haaretz's headline and prominent photograph featured a miniscule minority of anti-Israel demonstrators. Fifteen years ago, The New York Times published an Editor's Note after similarly giving disproportionate visibility to the small anti-Israel group.