More media bias
August 20, 2002
An article run in Friday’s Aspen Times, titled “Divided village an unusual emblem in Mideast conflict,” is yet another example of the media bias in the press that continues despite concerted efforts by various organizations and individuals like myself to present the facts, to educate and to encourage journalists toward balanced reporting on the topic of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.
First, I would like to refer to the second paragraph of this article that read:
“The 1948 war that created the Israel-West Bank frontier sliced Barta’a in two, unlike other Arab communities that ended up one side or the other. Jordan controlled the West Bank, and with it eastern Barta’a, until Israel seized the territory in the 1967 war.”
If Paisley Dodds from the Associated Press is going to say that “Israel seized” territory in 1967, then in order to be fair, she should have indicated that in 1948, Jordan had also “seized” the same territory (which, by the way, was designated as part of a Palestinian State with the U.N. partition plan of 1947 and refused by the Palestinians).
The difference, she would also have to point out, is that in 1948, Jordan was on the offense when it joined the entire Arab league in an attack on the newly created State of Israel, whereas in 1967 Israel was responding to an attack, again by the entire Arab league, including Jordan, and was fighting in defense of its very existence, thereby winning the now “disputed territory” as a result.
In the next paragraph, the journalist refers to “Israeli military occupation.” The contrast of Jordan “controlling” and Israel “occupying” is, again, a clear demonstration of bias.
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Later in the article, Ms. Dodds provides a quote by an Israeli Arab citizen: “Jews are the only people who are treated like they belong,” in reference, I assume, to those living on the western side of Barta’a.
What she fails to communicate is that Arabs living in Israel are granted full citizenship, with voting rights and party representation in the Knesset.
I have to wonder what the story would be if it were the other way around. Ms. Dodds did express that Israeli Arabs earn an average of “$500 less than Jewish households – but perhaps more than five times higher than the Palestinians.”
For that enlightening statistic, I would actually have to thank her and again wonder what it would be like for Israelis if the situation were reversed.
Judy S. Kava