A headline in the New York Times’ Wednesday international edition is being called “highly skewed” by a pro-Israel media watchdog group.
The Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America, which tracks anti-Israel bias in the media, called out the paper for its headline, “Israel presses air barrage and Hamas strikes back,” which the organization said was “completely inverting reality” on the situation on the ground in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza.
“The New York Times’ anti-Israel bias is on prominent display … in its international edition with a highly skewed page-one headline,” the watchdog group said. “Completely inverting reality … [u]ninformed, casual readers would have no clue from this grossly skewed headline that the opposite is true. It is Israel which is striking back following 386 Palestinian rocket attacks [by Wednesday] launched from the Gaza Strip and targeting civilian communities in southern Israel since June 12, when the three Israeli teens were abducted and killed.”
CAMERA is currently engaged in a major campaign against the New York Times, including organizing a letter-writing campaign and erecting a massive billboard outside the paper’s offices for “promoting a distorted picture of the region.”
Israel is now in its third day of Operation Protective Edge to try to stop the launching of Hamas and Islamic Jihad rockets from Gaza which have been targeting Israeli communities for weeks.
CAMERA said the “article’s subheadline is equally deceptive, obscuring the reality on the ground. It reads: ‘Homes among targets in Gaza, whose militants try to strike at Tel Aviv.’”
“Even the diligent readers who read the entire lengthy article would have no idea that all of the targeted homes in Gaza belong to Hamas and Islamic Jihad,” CAMERA noted. The Israel Defense Forces has said that it targeted homes of terrorist group leaders and placed phone calls in advance of the strikes to warn families to vacate the premises in an effort to avoid civilian casualties.
See more on the Times coverage of Israel on CAMERA’s website.