Alex Safian, PhD

The New York Times Discovers “False Claims”

The New York Times seems to accept without question charges of Israeli brutality, but with other countries the paper can still muster the usual journalistic impulses to actually fact-check and doubt.

With Ariel Sharon’s Death, Expect the Usual Falsehoods

Ariel SharonWith the death of former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon the usual media falsehoods about him, for example regarding Sabra and Shatilla, or the sparking of the second intifada, once again need to be of debunked.

Ari Shavit’s Lydda Massacre

New Yorker Ari Shavit's Lydda, 1948 is yet another dreary effort at putting Israel under the microscope, at indicting the Jews and Zionists for their many sins, whether real or, as in this New Yorker article, imagined.

Jodi Rudoren Won’t Be “Schooled”

Jodi RudorenWhen billionaire Sheldon Adelson told journalists that Palestinians refer to Jews as sons of apes and pigs, and that perhaps Palestinian nationalism might be of recent vintage, New York Times bureau chief Jodi Rudoren scoffed. But Rudoren should have listened – Adelson was right.

Why 1948 Matters More Than Ever

David Ben-GurionThe competing "narratives" about the War of Independence lie at the heart of the Arab-Israeli conflict. If, as the Arabs and most Europeans believe, Israel was born in original sin, if the Jews really did ransack placid Arab villages, then Arab hatred for Israel would be understandable, as would their fundamental refusal to really make peace. But the Arab narrative is wrong – Israel was not born in original sin. Once the Arabs finally face the facts, a peaceful end to the conflict might be possible.

Philip Weiss and MJ Rosenberg: Whitewashing the Term “Israel Firster”

MJ RosenbergPhilip Weiss of the anti-Israel blog Mondoweiss and MJ Rosenberg of Media Matters and the Huffington Post, tried to excuse slandering supporters of Israel as "Israel Firsters" by claiming Abram Sachar, founding President of Brandeis, used the term in 1960. But Sachar was referring to Israelis who thought that only in Israel could a full Jewish life be lived. His refererence was not even remotely concerned with dual loyalties.

Jodi Rudoren: It’s Not Just Tweets

Jodi RudorenJodi Rudoren’s recent friendly tweets to extreme anti-Israel activists were no aberration. More than 10 years ago she was already at it, failing to display the kind of journalistic objectivity that even a cub reporter should know was a basic requirement of her profession.