The NY Times, and mainstream media in general do not provide honest and fact-based coverage on Israel. Often what is missing is the whole context of almost 70 years of occupation
So last week, JVP-New York and Jews Say No! did something about it: we handed out 10,000 copies of a satirical “New York Times Special Insert” across the city.
Beth Miller of Jewish Voices for Peace reported
The response has been unbelievable. We earned coverage in dozens of news outlets around the world, including Salon, DemocracyNow!, The Independent, USA Today, The Village Voice, WBAI, The Forward, JTA, NY Jewish Week, Alternet, The Jerusalem Post, The Times of Israel, Mondoweiss, FishbowlNY, and Haaretz. And on top of the 10,000 copies we handed out, thousands more people read it on social media and our microsite.
Our paper gave voice to stories and facts that are left out of The Times. Like our “Corrections” section, where we printed the names of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces over the last few months – names that had never appeared in the paper. As my friend was passing out papers in Times Square, a woman accepted a copy of the paper, then returned ten minutes later. “Thank you,” she whispered. “Thank you for including the names of our children.”
People are hungry for real news. We all understand that the current media climate doesn’t give us the information or analysis we need to know what’s going on in Palestine and Israel, or to understand the U.S.’s role maintaining this untenable status quo.
We also reflected a vision of the ways U.S. policy towards Israel might change if mainstream media reported fairly. If The Times reported the full extent of state and settler violence against Palestinians, extrajudicial killings, arbitrary detention, anti-democratic legislation, and other human rights abuses, would it become impossible to deny the basic humanity of Palestinians? If so, what policies could we change?
The best spoof was that of Hilary Clifton—always in the pocket of Israel
According to Clifton, the testimonies of women in Palestine led her to conclude that the Israeli security regime has “taken a terrible toll” on women and girls in the occupied territories. She added that the policies and practices of the Israeli Defense Forces, the Israeli border patrol police, and throughout the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem are in “flagrant contradiction” of the feminist principles she endorsed at the 1995 United Nations Women’s Conference in Beijing and on subsequent occasions. She emphasized that it is not just Palestinian women who suffer, but all women who are forced to live under oppressive regimes and militarized racism.
Transforming the media landscape in the U.S. is the epitome of a long-term project, but last week we saw that people want that change.