A column in the Huffington Post by self-declared "intellectual" Marc Lamont Hill represents the sort of disinformation that is rooted in a bigoted worldview where the Jewish state is considered illegitimate and a terrorist regime like Hamas’ is seen as one to be bolstered.
Writing in the New York Times, MK Ayman Odeh claimed it is legal under Israeli law for the planned town of Hiran to racially discriminate against potential residents. In fact, the law explicitly forbids such discrimination.
Andrea Mitchell told her 1.6 million Twitter followers that Israel has only 13 Arab Knesset members, and that the entire group was escorted from the plenary chamber after a protest. An NBC official says the error won't be corrected.
Haaretz's Rogel Alpher outrageously argues that the Maccabiah Games make the 1936 Berlin Olympics look good. He falsely reports that "only Jews take part in the Maccabiah" Games, ignoring Israeli Arabs participants previously covered in his very own paper.
NYT journalists employ a singular set of criteria to assess racism in Israeli society versus others, similar to the double standard they use to condemn Israel for the sort of laws democratic countries routinely use to govern entry by foreigners into their borders.
Reuters and The Atlantic stumbled in similar ways in their reports on Israel's law describing minimum punishments for stone throwers. But the two outlets couldn't have reacted more differently to calls for correction.
An article by Jerusalem bureau chief Jodi Rudoren was published on the front page of The New York Times on Aug. 29. It was about Israeli reaction to the turmoil in Egypt and Syria. And, it was the fifth article by Rudoren this year to include accusations of Israeli societal racism or sexism.
When The New York Times reported on soccer racism in Europe on Jan. 5, 2013, the story was about the negative response to racism by European soccer fans. But when discussing the recent protests by Israeli soccer fans against the recruitment of Muslim players, the newspaper used this as an excuse to present a sweeping indictment of Israeli society.
Recent press attention has focused on the repatriation of illegal African migrants from Israel. Very little of it has explained the context and difficult challenges facing Israel as a result of large-scale illegal immigration, particularly by non-Jews. None has included mention of Israel's history of welcoming refugees from around the globe.