Khaled Abu Toameh

      NY Times Skews the News on Christian Decline in the Mideast

      New York Times report on the Mideast's declining Christian population ignores key facts on  Palestinian and Israeli Christians. First, Israel's Christian population is growing. Second, Palestinian Christians are emigrating largely as a result of Muslim persecution.

      Hamas Manufacture a “Crisis,” But Media Blame Israel

      While some media reports now include statements from Israeli officials maintaining that Hamas manufactured the disputed crisis and accusing the terrorist group of responsibility for hardships, almost all ignore similar statements from Arabs.

      Religious Tension and Shooting–But Little Press–in Bethlehem

      An underage Christian girl from Bethlehem runs away with her older Muslim beau. Her outraged father tries to retrieve her and is turned back by armed men threatening to kill him. Bethlehem's Christians violently demonstrate, and Palestinian police shoot into the crowd, injuring more than a dozen. This all actually happened in Bethlehem, but you wouldn't know it from following the mainstream press.

      ‘Honor Killing’ or Robbery?

      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.