Allegations and Libels

USA Today’s “Tit-for-Tat” Editorial

In an attempt to draw parallels between the two sides, USA Today's August 21 editorial "Nurture peace hopes" completely misrepresents current Israeli-Palestinian realities by trying to present an Israeli-Palestinian "cycle of tit-for-tat bloodshed." Israeli counter-terrorism is no more part of a "cycle of bloodshed" than police arresting murderers is part of a "cycle of crime."

BBC-WATCH: BBC Blames Israel Again

The two homicide bombings that rocked the Middle East on August 19, 2003 – targeting in Baghdad UN workers who had come to rebuild the country, and in Jerusalem Jewish families with young children returning from prayer at the Western Wall – elicited early sympathetic reaction on BBC. But it didn’t take very long for the network’s Web site to start implying fault on Israel’s part.

NPR’s Letter of Protest to CAMERA, and CAMERA’s Reply

Bruce Drake, NPR's Vice President for News, sent a letter to CAMERA on August 9 protesting that a recent article on our website had included a "serious distortion of NPR's policies and practices" regarding which of NPR's Middle East broadcasts are available on the network's website. We do not agree with Mr. Drake's allegation. Below, the relevant section of Mr. Drake's letter, followed by CAMERA's reply:

UPDATED: St. Louis College Reporter Promoted After Linking Israel to 9/11

Newspaper columnists have the right to express whatever opinion they want, but they do not have the right to disseminate inaccuracies, distortions or fabrications and present them as facts. Bryan Shuck, a student from the St. Louis Community College (Meramec campus), wrote an inflammatory column riddled with errors, including paraphrases that are the opposite in meaning to the actual quotations.

Cooked Up Charges Against Israel

Jonathan Cook, a free-lance writer whose tendentious articles charging Israel with gross wrongdoing frequently appear in Egypt's Al-Ahram, in addition to other publications in the Muslim world, has received a pass from fact-checkers at the International Herald Tribune.

B’Tselem, Los Angeles Times Redefine “Civilian”

Misrepresenting civilian deaths in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, guest columnist Rashid Khalidi erroneously reported June 17 in the Los Angeles Times that "The U.S. media regularly fail to mention that three times as many Palestinians as Israelis–most on both sides civilians–have been killed since September 2000, when the second intifada began" ("Can Hamas Cut a Deal for Peace?")