CAMERA provides a backgrounder on the history of and conflict over that city.
Once again, the dishonest battle cry to "defend" the Al Aqsa mosque from Jewish plans of takeover, is being cynically used as a clarion call for violent jihad. It is the latest salvo in a war against Judaism's legacy in Jerusalem. CAMERA provides background on the battle over the Temple Mount, which is based on Muslim claims of supremacy and fought on multiple political and violent battlefronts.
One of the main obstacles to previous peace-making efforts in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict has been the issue of dividing Jerusalem. There is no doubt that these competing demands and claims will be difficult to reconcile. It is made all the more difficult by a media that errs or misleads on the topic. This backgrounder addresses common media misrepresentations regarding Jerusalem.
Eviction of Palestinian residents of Sheikh Jarrah who failed to prove ownership or show payment of rent as protected tenants are the center of massive international attention. Despite the sober responsibility to adhere to high standards of professionalism, journalistic performance is at times as spotty as residents' ownership bids.
Sinclair's foray outside local bounds and familiar playing fields into the distant Israeli-Palestinian arena spells coverage that is journalistically adrift.
In the eyes of The Los Angeles Times, Israeli plans to advance plans to build Jewish homes in Jerusalem are an "obstacle to peace" of the first order, demanding a page-one, 1,000 word story. The actual murder of an Israeli citizen and the arrest of dozens of terrorists with plans and means to inflict mass casualties is not a story at all.
At Reuters and AP, the Sheikh Jarrah players fill clearly delineated roles: The Palestinian families stand in a united front against Israel's usurping settlers. Internal Palestinian discord clashes with that tidy narrative and is erased from the selective frame.
Sometimes, all it takes is a catchy phrase to perfectly capture the moral absurdity or obscenity of a moment — and help people understand the danger. The titles of two recent books — “People Love Dead Jews” by Dara Horn and “Jews Don’t Count” by David Baddiel — seem to fit the bill. I propose a slight revision of these two sayings. I make this proposal after analyzing a six-part CNN series purportedly covering the history of Jerusalem, entitled “Jerusalem: City of Faith and Fury.” My new phrase: “CNN loves when dead Jews don’t count.”
The AP’s report on the discovery of a First Temple era toilet omits Jewish references, while a NY Times Rosh Hashanah recipe evokes ’Canaanites,’ not Israelites.
CAMERA prompts correction of a Reuters video which erroneously had placed the former U.S. consulate in eastern Jerusalem. Palestinian Affairs Unit had been located on Agron Street, in the western part of the city.
CAMERA prompts corrections after Haaretz's English edition erroneously placed the former U.S. Consulate serving Palestinian in eastern Jerusalem. In fact, the Agron building is located in the western part of the capital.
There is, of course, no inherent problem in including the commentary of partisans or activists. They can provide viewers with context, giving them competing viewpoints on contentious issues. However, CNN’s failure to properly identify activists or to provide counterbalancing voices goes well beyond the line of objective storytelling.
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.