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Mainstream media silent on disturbing org behind Ilhan Omar's, Rashida Tlaib's trip to 'Palestine'
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Mainstream media silent on disturbing org behind Ilhan Omar's, Rashida Tlaib's trip to 'Palestine'

The silence is deafening

The mainstream media's silence about Miftah, the organization behind Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib's since-cancelled trip to Israel, has been deafening.

Miftah, which Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed was funding their trip, is an extremely anti-Semitic Palestinian advocacy group with ties to Palestinian terrorism. The organization even once promoted Neo-Nazi material and the doctrine of "blood libel," which claims that Jews used Christian blood in the Jewish Passover, according to the Washington Examiner.

However, you would not learn about the group's extraordinary anti-Semitism from the mainstream media.

From an analysis by the Washington Examiner:

  • In seven Associated Press reports about the Omar-Tlaib trip, only one mentions Miftah by name. The other six associate the organization with its Palestinian advocacy.
  • The New York Times editorial board also associates Miftah with its Palestinian advocacy, in both an editorial and reporting.
  • Two reports by the Washington Post similarly describe Miftah as "a nonprofit organization headed by Palestinian lawmaker and longtime peace negotiator Hanan Ashrawi."
  • The Los Angeles Times editorial board also describes Miftah as "a nonprofit organization headed by a Palestinian lawmaker." Additional reporting did not even mention Miftah.
  • ABC News, Reuters, and Yahoo also do not make mention of Miftah's anti-Semitism, only the group's relation to Ashrawi and its status as a non-profit.
  • Bloomberg News does not even mention Miftah in its reporting.

To the credit of the New York Times, the newspaper published an op-ed from staff opinion writer Bari Weiss that described Miftah "has proudly praised female suicide bombers and pushed the medieval blood libel."

Weiss, though, is a Jewish journalist who regularly writes about the encroachment of anti-Semitism in western society. She even has an upcoming book on the topic.

Anything else?

For its part in the controversy, Miftah released a statement Saturday claiming the organization is being targeted "by extreme pro-Israeli hasbara groups and individuals who are propagating unfounded accusations and fabrications."

The group denied promoting blood libel, attributing the article it published about the doctrine to the misjudgment of a junior staffer years ago.

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