According to multiple media accounts, young Yusra al-Azami, an engaged student from Gaza, was executed several days ago in an "honor killing," and her fiancé and future-brother-in-law were brutally beaten by members of Hamas' "vice and virtue" unit. Ha'aretz, often considered Israel's "leading daily," passed the "honor killing" off as a robbery.
Ha;aretz has in the past revealed its complete disregard for journalistic norms by describing its "quasi-policy" of ignoring complaints about factual errors in news stories. And now, once again, a significant factual error has gone uncorrected in the pages of the newspaper.
In the lead paragraph of his article yesterday entitled "Report says Katif's greenhouses broke," Ha'aretz's Akiva Eldar erroneously writes that the Gush Katif hothouses were "purchased by the Palestinian Economic Development (PED) Company." As was widely reported last August, the Gush Katif hothouses were purchased by American Jewish donors organized by James Wolfensohn, and were transferred to the control of the newly established PED.
Nov. 28 update follows. In contrast to international and American media outlets, Ha'aretz apparently considers itself above criticism. Ha'aretz editors seem unaccustomed to responding to readers in a straightforward process and appear to believe readers have no right to fault them for shoddy, inaccurate coverage.
Openly disdainful of factual accuracy, University of Haifa professor Ilan Pappé campaigns for the dismantlement of the Jewish State.
In the aftermath of the London terror attacks, the media's scapegoat-Israel tendency has again reared its head. The Associated Press issued multiple stories reporting that British Prime Minister Tony Blair gave an interview on BBC Radio yesterday in which he linked the attacks against his country to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In fact, Blair never mentioned Israel or the Palestinians.
Ha'aretz, the Israeli daily newspaper relied upon by the Israeli elite as well the Western press corps, has printed for the second time in just over a month the same factual error. The second error appeared yesterday despite the fact that editors had already been provided with documentation refuting the erroneous claim.
After Israel approved building a new neighborhood in Ma'aleh Adumim, a few miles east of Jerusalem, many news reports wrongly indicated that such building would prevent Palestinians from controlling "contiguous territory" in the West Bank.
David Ratner's prominent article today ("Israel to dump 10,000 tons of garbage a month in the West Bank") is rife with serious factual errors, primarily false allegations against Israel. For instance, he falsely claims that Palestinians will not be permitted to make use of the new Kedumim waste site, while a contract requires the administrators to service both Israelis and Palestinians.