Jews Say No—again

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

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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.

2 Comments »

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    mushafta Says:

    Another great post Ted! People are reading your blog! Amazing how many come here and read but make no comments.
    But the word is getting out! Social media is revolutionary and gives hope to getting the spotlight on Truth. The Palestinian cause cannot be kept hidden in the dark.

    There is much cause for hope here! Your posts are getting through Ted! Keep ‘me coming!

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    And are you surprised? Do they provide honest and fact-based coverage on any issue they are opposed to? And media is made up of many journalists, and yet it is true, there is little honest reporting. Which means what? There is little honesty. And honesty is a virtue, and a virtue is a personal quality.

    You see the link between personal morality and social morality?

    You commit another error (in post #1): you say Social media is revolutionary and gives hope, etc. You are assuming that those who make up the media are in a category all their own, as opposed to those not in media. But those in media are part of this culture. Lack of honesty and objectivity is a problem that affects everyone today, which is precisely why we don’t find honest and fact-based reporting. The media is the fruit of this culture. You have to say what people want to hear if you want to sell papers or get subscriptions.

    So you are imagining that there is a people out there who are honest and want fact-based reporting and objectivity and truth, etc. There isn’t.

    That was the big mistake of the 70s generation of teachers, who put so much emphasis on social issues and neglected issues of personal morality. The result is we have a people who lack personal virtue. Big surprise that social injustice is continuing.


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