Khaled Gharabli, the international affairs analyst notorious for routinely misplacing all semblance of impartiality and accuracy when it comes to Israel, has been notably absent from the French public broadcaster for the last two months, It is still early, though, to talk about a true wind of change at France 24’s Arabic service.
As Palestinian Islamic Jihad indiscriminately fired nearly 1500 rockets at Israeli civilians and the Israeli military targeted the designated terror organization with some 400 airstrikes, France24 Arabic pundit Khaled Gharabli once again hastened to falsely charge Israel of committing war crimes with impunity.
The return of Jerusalem correspondent Laila Odeh to work after a brief suspension for her media posts glorifying terrorists sends a message to her France24 Arabic colleagues: it's time to return to the regularly scheduled program of anti-Israel content.
In ruling that Jerusalem correspondent Leila Odeh is fit for reporting and in failing to probe systemic anti-Israel bias in the Arabic service, France24 gives carte blanche to on air misconduct across the board.
Adopting Palestinian and Arab nationalist perspectives at odds with well established facts, France24’s Arabic-speaking reporters, hosts and commentators make extensive use of biased terminology and leveled unfounded assertions.
Falsely alleging that "hardline groups" of Jews "believe" the Temples stood on the Temple Mount, France 24 Arabic commentator Khaled al-Gharabli ignores the archeological consensus and fabricates Israeli digging threatening the site.
France24 Arabic analyst Khaled Gharabli launches into an anti-Israel rant detached from reality, including a flat denial of the demonstrable fact that Hamas uses civilians as human shields.