Following contact from CAMERA, POLITICO has corrected a misleading characterization of antisemitism from one of Europe’s largest news outlets.
A March 14, 2023 report by POLITICO Europe (“News channel France 24 suspends four journalists over anti-Semitism allegations”) initially claimed that CAMERA has “accused the [France 24] journalists of making references to the Holocaust and of bias in their reporting on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on social media [emphasis added].”
Yet as CAMERA pointed out to POLITICO staff, “making references to the Holocaust” is both an incomplete and inaccurate description of what the journalists in question were doing.
As CAMERA’s investigation revealed, one journalist, Joelle Maroun, wrote: “Rise sir Hitler, rise, there are a few people who need to be burned.” That same journalist said of Hitler: “He should have been cloned for a time of need.” She also lamented: “If only Hitler was Lebanese.”
These comments meet the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism that has been adopted by numerous governments and the Obama-era U.S. State Department. They are textbook examples of antisemitism.
Following contact from CAMERA, on April 25, 2023, POLITICO changed their news brief to note that CAMERA has “accused the journalists of making anti-Semitic references and of bias in their reporting on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on social media.”