Excessive Force

Myths and Facts about the Fighting in Gaza

Myths about the fighting in Gaza multiply everyday. For example, Rashid Khalidi in a New York Times op-ed provided multiple examples of Gaza myths in an article purporting to do the opposite. (updated Jan. 19)

BACKGROUNDER: Is Israel Using “Excessive Force” Against Palestinians?

Following violent clashes pitting the Israeli Army against a combination of Palestinian civilians, uniformed Palestinian security forces, and Yasir Arafat's plainclothed Tanzim militias - Amnesty International denounced Israel's actions and the UN Security Council passed Resolution 1322, condemning Israel for "excessive use of force" in attempting to protect the lives of its soldiers and civilians. Does Israel really use "excessive force?"

Times of Israel Amends Erroneous Piece on Akleh Funeral

The Times of Israel updated its piece after suggesting police lied about being pelted with objects. The new piece reflects reporting that police prevented funeral attendees from making off with the casket against the family's wishes.

NY Times Frames Iron-Dome Researchers as Killers and Destroyers

Unable or unwilling to portray Israel in an entirely good light, a New York Times article about the Israeli Directorate of Defense Research & Development's efforts to combat the Covid-19 pandemic begins by casting the department in derogatory terms that Israel’s enemies might use. (Photo Nehemia Gershuni-Aylho www.NGPhoto.biz)

Vox: Explaining the News, Improvising on the Facts

Too often, Vox reporters give the impression they're improvising their way through the news, delivering "facts" that might feel right to the reporter, but aren't actually true. Most recently: Vox claims Palestinian rockets in the days before the 2014 Gaza war were a "response" to Israeli airstrikes.