Emotions have become the malleable material with which many Spanish-speaking journalists mold the reality of the conflict and of Israel to fit in with preconceptions that look, in many cases, like old and well-known prejudices.
Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi has been groomed by her parents to put herself in danger and become a child fighter in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. They are encouraging others to engage in violence too. Their successes are due to those in the international media who promote their message while ignoring inconvenient truths.
El País, the largest and most influential newspaper in the Spanish world, has a long history of biased reporting about the Jewish state and the Arab-Israeli conflict. For several years since 2009, the newspaper's coverage was somewhat more balanced and objective. But it seems, over the past year, to be drifting back to its previous anti-Israel reporting and its opinion pages have become a forum for anti-Israel activists.
In 2012, the media blundered all too many times in reporting on the Middle East. It was difficult to narrow it down, but CAMERA has identified our Top Ten MidEast Media Mangles.
ReVista de Medio Oriente staff have elicited a correction from El País on an article published in the Spanish daily describing Gilad Shalit as an “Israeli soldier involved in the Gaza Massacre.”
In the Christmas Eve edition of his cartoon posted in the newspaper El País, the cartoonist El Roto used the occasion to feature classical anti-Semitic elements aimed to confuse, misinform and demonize the State of Israel.
Updated, August 27. Apparently uncomfortable with freedom of speech and the public’s right to challenge the media, Spanish commentator Maruja Torres leveled a frontal assault on CAMERA in a May 1st column in Madrid’s El País newspaper.