Guardian article suggests Yasser Arafat abandoned terrorism after 1990

A nearly 5000 word hagiographic profile of Yasser Arafat by  and  in the Guardian characteristically obfuscated the decades-long record of planning and carrying out terror attacks against innocent Israelis by the late Palestinian leader and groups under his control.

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Here’s the key passage in the Guardian’s ‘long-read’ (Yasser Arafat: Why he still matters, Nov. 13) concerning the man known to some as the “father of modern terrorism.”

Without armed struggle the Palestinian awakening heralded by Fatah was unlikely to have occurred, yet Arafat and his colleagues knew both the value and limits of force. They were aware of the need to modulate or discard force entirely when necessary. Their political programme developed accordingly, from an emphasis on armed action as the sole means of struggle in 1968 to its eventual disappearance from the PLO’s political programme altogether after 1990.

However, the fact is that, though in 1988 he claimed to accept Israel’s right to exist and in 1993 shook hands with Yitzchak Rabin (inaugurating the Oslo Accords), Arafat continued to encourage and provide financial support to “groups directly under his command, such as the Tanzim and Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade”.

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The Guardian vs Myron Kaplan on ‘The Death of Klinghoffer’

The New York Metropolitan Opera will open their production of ‘The Death of Klinghoffer’ on October 20th, an opera based on the 1985 hijacking by Palestinian terrorists of an Italian cruise ship named the Achille Lauro, in which a 69-year-old wheelchair-bound Jewish man named Leon Klinghoffer was shot in the head before being thrown overboard.

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Though the opera will be staged as planned, The Met recently cancelled plans for a cinema simulcast of the production, citing fears that it may inadvertently incite antisemitism due to what’s been characterized as its sympathetic view of the terrorists.

On June 18th, the Guardian’s classical music critic expressed his outrage at The Met’s decision in the following article, in which he dismissed  “concern in the international Jewish community” about the opera’s propensity to “fan global antisemitism”.

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So, we thought it would be helpful to reproduce an open letter written to the New York Metropolitan Opera by Myron Kaplan, a senior research analyst at CAMERA who also happens to be a serious opera fan.

Dear Mr. Gelb,

As a longtime fan of grand opera, I have attended numerous superb live Met performances both at Lincoln Center and via live Saturday matinée performance HD transmissions to theaters (not to mention listening to numerous Met Saturday matinée live radio broadcasts)—and have greatly admired your accomplishments at the Met. So it was with great dismay and disappointment that I learned that the Met had scheduled for the 2014-2015 season its first-ever performances of John Adams’s “The Death of Klinghoffer.” Mediocre music is the least of the work’s problems. Even more serious is a tendentious story line and an inflammatory libretto that falsely maligns Israel and the Jewish people.

This story line can be characterized fairly as “Understandably aggrieved Palestinian Arabs wreak vengeance on disabled Jew standing in for all his perfidious co-religionists.” This is an obscene inversion of the reality that was the Achille Lauro cruise ship hijacking and subsequent terrorist murder of passenger Leon Klinghoffer. In this regard, it must be noted that the librettist, Alice Goodman, during the writing of the opera rejected her American Jewish heritage by joining the Anglican Church, the leadership of which is known for its hostility toward Israel. Goodman is now a parish priest in England.

The most troubling aspect of the Met’s scheduling of “The Death of Klinghoffer” is the live HD transmission of this opera, set for November 15, 2014—one of 10 such transmitted opera performances planned for the coming season—to more than 2,000 theaters in 66 countries (including more than 700 U.S. theaters). This would make the live performance immediately available to hundreds of thousands of people (and potentially millions according to the Met), giving wide international distribution to what is, at its heart, an anti-Jewish slander.

I’m aware that it may not be feasible at this juncture to cancel all or any of the eight performances of this opera scheduled during the period of October-November 2014, but in order to minimize the harm, the Met should substitute another opera for the HD transmission.

As alluded to above, the opera is based on the 1985 murder of a helpless 69-year-old American Jewish man, Leon Klinghoffer, confined to a wheelchair—shot in the head while vacationing with his wife on a cruise ship in the Mediterranean Sea. He was murdered by Palestinian Arab hijackers belonging to the Palestine Liberation Front, a component of Yasser Arafat’s Palestine Liberation Organization, and his body dumped into the water. The choice of the title, “The Death of Klinghoffer” and not “The Murder of Klinghoffer,” signals the work’s moral evasion and misrepresentation. In a sense, it is consistent with the PLO’s initial comments on the murder, that either Klinghoffer had died of natural causes or his wife pushed him overboard to be able to claim life insurance. The title’s sanitizing of murder is, however, also consistent with the opera’s anti-Jewish tone. Instead of properly characterizing the Palestinian hijackers of the cruise ship as permanent prisoners of their own rage originating from cultural indoctrination, Adams/Goodman impart idealism to them.

The opera opens with these words sung by the Chorus of Exiled Palestinians: “My father’s house was razed—In nineteen forty-eight—When the Israelis passed—Over our street.” Here, Israelis are likened to the avenging Angel of Death in the biblical story of the original Passover, exacting punishment on the ancient Egyptians after Pharaoh, breaking a promise, refused to let the Jewish people leave Egypt. This amounts to an artistically licensed slander, falsely suggesting that the Israelis, besieged by the armies of five Arab countries and Palestinian Arab “irregulars” bent on driving them into the sea, exacted widespread revenge upon Arabs residing in the ancient Jewish homeland.

Hijacker Rambo invokes anti-Semitic canards: “Wherever poor men—Are gathered they can—Find Jews getting fat—You know how to cheat—The simple, exploit—The virgin, pollute—Where you have exploited—Defame those you cheated—And break your own law—With idolatry.” Rambo’s lyrics, with virtually no artistic embellishment, could have been lifted from Nazi publications like Der Sturmer, as even a casual glance at the archives would confirm.

Repeatedly, the Palestinians are portrayed as humane idealists. Hijacker Molqi sings: “We are—Soldiers fighting a war—We are not criminals—And we are not vandals—But men of ideals.”

Hijacker Mamoud appears gentle and grieving as he tells of his mother and brother: “She was killed—With the old men—And children in—Camps at Sabra—And Shatilla— Where Almighty God—In His mercy showed—My decapitated—Brother to me—And in His mercy—Allowed me to close—My brother’s eyes—And wipe his face.”

This tear jerker falsely implies that Israelis, rather than members of the Lebanese Christian Phalange militia, massacred hundreds of Palestinian Arabs on Sept. 16-18, 1982 in the Sabra and Shatilla refugee districts. It gives no hint that the Phalangists acted in retribution for massacres of Christian Lebanese by the PLO and the September 14 assassination of the country’s Christian president-elect, Bashir Gemayel.

Mamoud shows himself to be consumed with seemingly permanent hate and a vision of martyrdom: “The day that I—And my enemy—Sit peacefully—Each putting his case—And working towards peace—That day our hope dies—And I shall die too.” But even this negative portrayal is mitigated by Mamoud’s meditation on the birds in the air— which may encourage the viewer to sympathize with him.

Leon Klinghoffer’s aria expressing his humanity and railing against the terrorists is insufficient to mitigate the harmful impression left by Goodman’s biased libretto and may even be seen as unnecessarily agitating the terrorists: “I came here with—My wife. We both—Have tried to live—Good lives. We give—Gladly, receive—Gratefully, love— And take pleasure—In small things, suffer—And comfort each other—We’re human. We are—The kind of people—You like to kill—Was it your pal—Who shot that little girl—At the airport in Rome?—You would have done the same—There’s so much anger in you—And hate.”

Goodman’s biased libretto condemns Jews and Israelis as a group, while the Arab hijackers, when condemned, are characterized as violent or revengeful individuals without regard to their ethnic/religious group. If Adams/Goodman intended some semblance of balance in this respect then they would have included, as well as anti-Jewish canards, anti-Arab/Muslim charges such as “Muslims want to destroy all infidels—their Koran tells them to do this.” But there is no semblance of this in this opera.

Then there is the matter of the renewed cruelty this Met production, not so much fiction but rather propagandistically manipulated facts, is likely to inflict upon the Klinghoffer family. After the 1991 premieres of the opera, The Telegraph (London) reported that Mr. Klinghoffer’s two daughters, Lisa and Ilsa, attended a New York production of the opera in 1991, which they described as “appalling” and “anti-Semitic.” A New York Times article reported on the antipathy toward Adams/Goodman by Lisa and Ilsa Klinghoffer: “We are outraged at the exploitation of our parents and the cold-blooded murder of our father as the centerpiece of a production that appears to us to be anti-Semitic.”

If it’s necessary to provide at least one first-time HD transmission of a modern opera composed after 1930, there are two excellent candidates already in the Met’s 2014-2015 schedule: Shastikovich’s ‘Lady MacBeth of Mtsensk” and Stravinsky’s “The Rake’s Progress,” both of which, according to critics, have excellent productions, conductors and singers. The Shastikovich substitution would involve merely a replacement of November 15 on the HD schedule with November 29 currently scheduled as a Saturday matinée performance of this opera. The Stravinsky substitution would involve replacement of November 15 on the HD schedule with May 9, 2015 already scheduled as a Saturday matinée performance of this opera.

Otherwise, classic operas already scheduled at the Met in 2014-2015, but not scheduled for HD broadcast, include “Aida”—currently scheduled for a Met evening performance on the same day, November 15, as the HD transmission. Why not substitute it on that day with the Adams opera? This magnificent Verdi opera is one of the favorites of opera fans worldwide. Certainly it would be a much greater drawing card than the Adams opera in all or nearly all of the countries. Other possibilities include “La Traviata,” “Magic Flute,” and “Barber of Seville.” For “La Traviata,” replace November 15 on the HD schedule with December 27, currently scheduled as a matinee performance of this opera. For “Magic Flute,” replace November 15 on the HD schedule with November 8, currently scheduled as a matinee performance of this opera. For “Barber of Seville,” replace November 15 on the HD schedule with November 22, currently scheduled as a matinee performance of this opera.

Mr. Gelb, I trust that you will reverse an unfortunate decision just as you did in 2012 when, displeased with Opera News reviews of Met productions, you barred the magazine from subsequent reviews. Following an uproar from opera fans, you reversed the brief ban, forthrightly admitting to having made a mistake. Live transmission of “The Death of Klinghoffer,” a slanderous anti-Jewish and anti-Israeli concoction, is much more grave than the contretemps over Opera News. Mr. Gelb, we urge you, for the sake of the Met’s reputation and the constant struggle against anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism, to at least provide an HD transmission substitution.

Sincerely,

Myron Kaplan

CAMERA posts in 3 languages, Oct 1: BBC Watch, Presspectiva, In Focus and Revista

Our regular round-up of posts from CAMERA affiliated sites:

Not fit for purpose: BBC backgrounder on second Intifada
Factual inaccuracies in one of the BBC’s backgrounders on the second Intifada. (BBC Watch)

BBC second Intifada backgrounders: ‘Sharon started it’
BBC backgrounders promote Sharon’s visit to Temple Mount as the cause of the second Intifada. (BBC Watch)

Why Public Events Work!
CAMERA helps bring Israel’s highest ranking Muslim diplomat, Ishmael Khaldi, to Cornell. (in Focus)

Middle East headlines in the Spanish-speaking press
Israel’s criticism towards Iran’s foreign policy has been highlighted in the media. (ReVista de Medio Oriente)

Amira Hass and the 15 Martyrs
Is there a moral equivalency between the killing of two Israeli soldiers and the deaths of 15 Palestinians killed during the year? (Presspectiva)

Abbas and media complicity
According to the Spanish press, Mahmoud Abbas is “committed” to peace, Israel is an obstacle to it, and there is no Palestinian incitement to hatred. (ReVista de Medio Oriente)

Rouhani Fever and CNN
As news organizations blatantly mischaracterize statements recently made by Iranian president Hassan Rouhani, a number of Farsi-speakers challenge CNN’s account of his supposed “acknowledgment” of the Holocaust.. (ReVista de Medio Oriente)

Pro-Israel Activists Applaud the Destruction of Israel?
Speaker at J-Street conference advocates for policies that would lead to the end of the Jewish State of Israel, and the crowd replies with applause. (in Focus)

Buried by the Guardian: The extremism of Hassan Rouhani
The Guardian’s fawning coverage of the new Iranian President omits any mention of his long record of suppressing dissent at home while supporting terrorism abroad. (CiF Watch)

 

Tripod: CAMERA links in 3 languages, Sept. 17-24: BBC Watch, Snapshots, Presspectiva, Revista

Our regular roundup of posts from CAMERA affiliated sites:

Israel Hayom Plays Broken Telephone
Israel Hayom’s three versions of a report on Israel’s alleged nuclear arsenal becomes increasingly confused. (Presspectiva)

What Israel has done for the Palestinians
Has Israel really done nothing for the welfare of Palestinians in the last 46 years?. (Presspectiva)

BBC WS adds clarification to Doucet remarks in Peres interview
BBC corrects claim by Lyse Doucet that Israeli PM never said what it had itself reported him as saying. (BBC Watch)

BBC’s educational resource website describes Yom Kippur attack by Syria and Egypt as ‘pre-emptive’
Politically motivated distortion on the BBC’s resource website for teachers . (BBC Watch)

Perpetrator: always Israel
The Spanish-language media tends to distort information when Israel is the victim. (ReVista de Medio Oriente)

Europa Press: distorting the information
The Spanish wire agency does its best to portray Israel in the worst possible light . (ReVista de Medio Oriente)

A Holy Land Without Christians?
The population of Christians in “Israel/Palestine” has actually increased, not decreased. (ReVista de Medio Oriente)

Where’s the Coverage? Rouhani’s Own Words Prove He is No Moderate
The latest untold story. (Snapshots)

Counter-terror idea by Simon Jenkins in response to Nairobi: Stop building malls.
In response to the massacre of civilians at a shopping centre in Nairobi, Kenya by the Islamist group al-Shabaab, the Guardian’s veteran journalist proposes an unusual anti-terror idea: cease the construction of shopping malls! (CiF Watch)

Tripod: CAMERA links in 3 languages, Sept. 13-16: BBC Watch, In Focus, Snapshots, Presspectiva, Revista

Our regular roundup of posts from CAMERA affiliated sites:

Does the evidence support the BBC’s touting of “less hardline Iranian stance” on nuclear issue?
The BBC continues to paint a misleading picture of a ‘moderate’ new Iranian president. (BBC Watch)

BBC regular Atwan’s week: speech at Hamas-linked conference, interview on Hizballah TV
A regular BBC guest commentator on the Middle East was recently to be found on Al Manar TV and at a Hamas-linked conference. (BBC Watch)

AP Better Than AFP on 20 Years Since Oslo
AP’s article on 20 years since Oslo mentions Palestinian terror attacks, something the AFP did not do in its egregiously skewed coverage. (Snapshots)

Glenn Greenwald’s top 5 anti-American rants
In addition to his well-documented record of antisemitism, Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald also possesses an extreme hostility towards the United States – an ideological orientation which calls into question those who take seriously his reports on U.S. national security. (CiF Watch)

The Economist’s extraordinarily misleading 12 words on why Hamas hates Israel
The Economist‘s brief explanation of why ‘Hamas hates Israel’ is, sadly, par for the course in the context of the UK media’s continuing obfuscation regarding the Islamist terror group’s theologically inspired antisemitism and commitment to jihad. (CiF Watch)

Assumptions presented as facts
Some Spanish-speaking media reproduced a Foreign Policy article stating assumptions about Israel’s alleged nerve gas stockpile as fact. (ReVista de Medio Oriente)

Northeastern’s SJP Violates School Policy
Students for Justice in Palestine protest a pro-Israel event without a permit, a violation of school policies. A Boston Globe columnist takes up their case. (In Focus)

The good, the bad and the naive
Yediot insinuates a sexist motivation for not appointing Israel’s first female governor of the Bank of Israel (Presspectiva)

Middle East headlines in the Spanish speaking press
Headlines focus on the UN report on the use of chemical weapons in Syria, but the press also emphasizes that Israel hasn’t signed the UN Convention on Chemical Weapons. (ReVista de Medio Oriente)

Problematic UN
In an Op-Ed, a CAMERA CCAP Liaison at the University of New Orleans sheds light on problems at the UN. (In Focus)

Tripod: CAMERA links in 3 languages, Sept. 10-12: BBC Watch, In Focus, Snapshots, Presspectiva, Revista

Our regular roundup of posts from CAMERA affiliated sites:

Has the BBC discovered 50,000 previously unknown Jews in Iran?
The BBC over-estimates Iran’s Jewish community by at least 50,000. (BBC Watch)

AFP’s Timeline of Bias, Redux
A lopsided AFP timeline recounting 20 years since the Oslo Accords recounts Israel’s counter-terrorism actions while completely ignoring the Palestinian violence that prompted them. (CAMERA)

BBC ignores Ramallah demonstration against talks, PA cash to released terrorists
Certain events in Palestinian society are habitually ignored by the BBC in its portrayal of the ‘peace process’. (BBC Watch)

Where is the Star?
Students at McNeese State University in Louisiana start their school’s first pro-Israel group with CAMERA’s help. (In Focus)

Where’s the coverage?
The Spanish media continues to ignore Palestinian terrorism incitement. (ReVista de Medio Oriente)

Context without context
Spanish channel Cuatro web provided biased context about the new peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians. (ReVista de Medio Oriente)

Middle East headlines in the Spanish speaking press
The press discusses Israel’s “caution” regarding the turmoil in Syria and the Russian-American talks to be held in Geneva. (ReVista de Medio Oriente).

Supporting Palestinians, Except in Syria
An anti-Israel conference starts this week at Australian National University. (In Focus)

Multiple Perspectives
Gil Troy responds to Peter Beinart  “Do gays give out literature justifying homophobia? Do feminists make the argument for sexism?” (In Focus)

Richard Falk, Europa Press, BDS and the “occupied territories” 
In a vicious circle, the media chooses biased sources in order to create a biased agenda and produce biased information. (ReVista de Medio Oriente)

Failing to report
The Spanish press consistently fails to report on Palestinian incitement to violence, leading to the recurrent question: Where is the coverage? (ReVista de Medio Oriente)

The Israeli Press Continues to Use the Loaded Term “Jewish Lobby”
Why the term the “Jewish Lobby” should no longer be used by the Israeli press. (Presspectiva)

The Guardian falsely characterizes First Intifada as a “largely unarmed rebellion”
Though the First Intifada may not have been as bloody as the Second Intifada, the iconic image of rock-throwing Palestinian youths associated with the Palestinian uprising from 1987-91 is extremely misleading. The fact is that more than 200 Israelis were killed during that time, and thousands injured. (CiF Watch)

Tripod: CAMERA links in 3 languages, Sept. 1-9. BBC Watch, Presspectiva, In Focus and ReVista

Our regular roundup of posts from CAMERA affiliated sites:

Sept. 4-9

Toned down BBC reporting on Iranian, Syrian threats against Israel
Despite its intensive coverage of the Syria crisis, the BBC is barely reporting threats against Israel coming out of Tehran and Damascus. (BBC Watch)

Filmed reports on the BBC News website’s Middle East page in August
Over half the Israel-related filmed reports appearing on the BBC News website during August promoted the theme of Israeli building as an obstacle to peace . (BBC Watch)

Our CCAP groups are starting the new year tabling on campus
Scroll down to see photos. (In Focus)

Parallel Manual of Style
The Spanish news agency Europa Press Israeli police raids are “reprisals” instead of operations to find those responsible for a crime or an offense. (ReVista de Medio Oriente)

Anti-Israel Professors at Northeastern
Students are studying in a biased and anti-Israel climate created by their professors. A new documentary is coming out soon exploring this issue. (In Focus)

Ma’ariv Proves It Can Be Haaretz
Maariv gives a one-sided (and erroneous) summary of the case of fire zone 918 (Presspectiva)

Middle East in the Spanish speaking press
The press points out the possibility of a chemical attack from Syria to Israel but, at the same time, emphasizes Syria’s decision to deliver their chemical arsenal to the UN. (ReVista de Medio Oriente)

The Guardian again promotes myth that Ariel Sharon started 2nd Intifada
One of the more common false narratives regarding the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict advanced by the Guardian is that Ariel Sharon’s visit to the Temple Mount in 2001 “sparked” the 2nd Intifada – a lie repeated so often that casual observers could be forgiven for believing it.. (CiF Watch)

Sept. 1-4

BBC defence correspondent: Al Kibar was a ‘suspected’ nuclear facility
The International Atomic Energy Agency says it was. US intelligence says it was. The BBC, however, is apparently not convinced. (BBC Watch)

BBC ESC: ‘lack of due accuracy’ on Davies Tweet from Operation Pillar of Cloud
Twitter – being fast-moving ‘instant’ messaging and cutting out the editorial ‘middle-man’ between the journalist and the public – is particularly susceptible to breaches of BBC editorial guidelines. (BBC Watch)

Robert Fisk finds Zionist smoking gun in likely U.S. attack against Syria
Before the U.S. has launched even one cruise missile against Syria in response to the regime’s use of deadly chemical weapons, the Indy’s Robert Fisk has already concluded that such an attack would be motivated by Zionist interests. (CiF Watch)

Haaretz Translators Are Back in the Habit
A Haaretz mistranslation turns a visiting Syrian nun from an Israeli fan to an Israeli critic (Presspectiva)

Lets Try Sticking To Facts
Haaretz op-ed falsely claims Netanyahu has never condemned racially motivated violence. (Presspectiva)

Palestinians Support Caterpillar
The BDS campaign calls for boycotting companies such as Caterpillar, while Caterpillar dealerships do business in Gaza and Ramallah. (In Focus)

Middle East in the Spanish speaking press
The press points out that “all the alarms” have been started in the region due to Israel’s military exercise, but not because of Syria’s internal turmoil. (ReVista de Medio Oriente)

 

Tripod: CAMERA links in 3 languages, Aug. 27-28: BBC Watch, Presspectiva, In Focus and Revista

Our regular roundup of posts from CAMERA affiliated sites:

Not Boycotting. Terrified.
Ynet was quick to report on another cultural boycott. However the artist himself declared that he’s not boycotting – he’s terrified of BDS bullying (Presspectiva)

The Line That Turned Into A Border
Another instance of Ha’aretz “lost in translation” (Presspectiva)

BBC backgrounder on peace process erases twenty years of terror
A BBC Q&A article charts the Middle East peace process – without any mention of Palestinian terrorism. (BBC Watch)

BBC’s Knell amplifies Hamas propaganda, downplays its terror designation
The BBC reverts to form by presenting Hamas as a terrorist organization designated only by Israel. (BBC Watch)

Indy legitimises ludicrous charge that Israel is ‘ethnically cleansing’ Jerusalem
Population statistics in Jerusalem alone easily disprove the hyperbolic charge by pro-Palestinian propagandists that Israel is ‘ethnically cleansing’ Arabs from Jerusalem. (CiF Watch)

Jeff Jacoby at CAMERA Conference
Why be a proud Zionist? (in Focus)

The “bureaucracy” of media activism
The Spanish news agency Europa Press has come up with a formula to help it comply with its journalistic obligation to present balanced, impartial information. At least it seems to think so. (ReVista de Medio Oriente)

Middle East headlines in the Spanish speaking press
Headlines focus on Israel’s display of the Iron Dome and the threat of a Western attack in Syria. (ReVista de Medio Oriente)

Where’s the coverage?
Spanish media reported on the death of three Palestinians during a raid by Israeli border police in Qalandia checkpoint; but did not bother to report on the death of another man killed by Palestinian security forces. (ReVista de Medio Oriente)

Looking Forward to Advocate for Israel; 2013-2014 Academic Year
Reflections from a student on CAMERA and the student conference. (In Focus)

CiF Watch Anniversary Open Thread: Four years of speaking truth to Guardian power

Friends,

This week, CiF Watch celebrated its 4th anniversary.  

Though In recent years we have greatly increased our presence in the social media, launched a sister site, BBC Watch, improved our efficacy by establishing an affiliation with CAMERA, and started leveraging our experience to gain corrections to false claims made by the Guardian (and other UK sites), our primary mission remains the same.

In our inaugural post on Aug. 24, 2009 we announced our intention to monitor and combat antisemitism at the Guardian, and “to regularly post articles exposing the bigoted and one-sided nature of [their] obsessive focus on Israel and, by extension, the Jewish people.” We also asked followers of our blog to assist us in our mission, a partnership with our many loyal readers which is still central to effectively carrying out our vital work.  

So, please continue reaching out to us – by following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook, or the ‘old fashioned’ way, by emailing us at contactus@cifwatch.com – when you come across misleading, biased, or bigoted reports or commentaries at the Guardian or ‘Comment is Free’.

On the occasion of our anniversary, we’d love to hear your thoughts on the work we do, and how we can more effectively carry out our mission, and continue ‘afflicting the comfortable‘ by speaking truth to Guardian power.

Adam Levick, Managing Editor

Tripod: CAMERA links in 3 languages, Aug. 22-26: BBC Watch, In Focus, Presspectiva, & ReVista

Our regular roundup of posts from CAMERA affiliated sites:

BBC documentary on Tel Aviv gay pride fails to keep up with the news
A BBC World Service radio documentary on Tel Aviv’s Gay Pride parade paints a picture two months out of date . (BBC Watch)

Inaccuracy corrected in one BBC Rouhani article, left standing in another
Two BBC articles made the same erroneous claim but, following complaints, the BBC corrected only one of them . (BBC Watch)

Telegraph revision to false claim on Palestinian refugees is still misleading
Despite a revision made by editors at The Telegraph to a story which grossly inflated the number of Palestinian refugees from the 1948 war, the passage in question still fails to accurately convey the accurate number of refugees. (CiF Watch)

Setting the Pace to Finish a Marathon
What You Missed at the CAMERA Student Leadership and Advocacy Training Conference. (In Focus)

My Life Has Taken an Interesting Turn
A Students’ Reflections from the CAMERA Student Conference. (In Focus)

Iran uses its embassies in Latin America to recruit young people
Different studies in Argentina, Mexico and the US point out that Iran has recruited young Latin Americans in order to promote its interests in the region. (ReVista de Medio Oriente)

BBC Arabic reports on Syrian patients in Israeli hospitals – but not in Arabic
After months of ignoring the subject of Syrian patients being treated in Israeli hospitals, the BBC finally got round to reporting the story – but not to its Arabic Service audiences. (BBC Watch)

BBC describes known terror finance man as ‘activist’
A senior Palestinian Islamic Jihad official with a record of terror financing is described by the BBC as an ‘activist’. (BBC Watch)

Israel’s most deadly war?
There are historical facts, and there are Gideon Levy’s facts. (Presspectiva)

3rd time’s a charm: CiF Watch prompts correction to Telegraph “correction” on refugees
After two unsuccessful attempts, The Telegraph finally published accurate information on the number of Palestinian refugees from the 1948 war. (CiF Watch)

The Little Activist that Could
A Canadian student’s reflections on the CAMERA Training Conference: “The day before my flight to Boston for training, I almost backed out. . .” (In Focus)

Middle East headlines in the Spanish speaking press
Headlines focus on Palestinians walking out of the negotiation process and Israel’s opinion about the Syrian conflict. (ReVista de Medio Oriente)

Tripod: CAMERA links in 3 languages, Aug. 20-21: BBC Watch, In Focus, Presspectiva, & ReVista

Our daily roundup of recent posts from CAMERA affiliated sites:

BBC provides platform for claim that Palestinian terrorists are ‘political prisoners’
BBC presenter makes no attempt to correct claim by Robin Wright of US Institute of Peace . (BBC Watch)

BBC’s ‘Israeli building threatens peace talks’ meme in numbers
How many times over the last week have readers of the BBC News website been told that Israeli building tenders in Jerusalem and Judea & Samaria threaten to “sabotage” peace talks? . (BBC Watch)

Maariv’s Double Error
Maariv not only mistranslated Jeffery Goldberg’s column, they made it factually incorrect. (Presspectiva)

Iran uses its embassies in Latin America to recruit young people
Different studies in Argentina, Mexico and the US point out that Iran has recruited young Latin Americans in order to promote its interests in the region. (ReVista de Medio Oriente)

The forgotten incitement
Incitement to hatred, according to experts, creates an enabling atmosphere for violent criminal activities that may lead to genocide. (ReVista de Medio Oriente)

Subtle dual coverage
Apparently, when Israel is part of the news, the word “terrorist” – applied to those who attack it, or threatens its citizens security – has no place in the Spanish newspaper elperiodico.com. (ReVista de Medio Oriente)

Where’s the coverage? 
While the peace talks continue its course, the Palestinian Authority official radio expressed its certainty that Israel – which is referred as “occupied Palestine” – will cease to exist. (ReVista de Medio Oriente)

Former Fellow Speaks at CAMERA Student Conference
Former CAMERA Fellow and IDF Veteran Abir Gitlin shares his experiences and how he tackled challenges on campus with participants at the CAMERA Student Leadership and Training Conference. (In Focus)

Peace through martyrdom: Muslim Brotherhood leader poses as a liberal at ‘Comment is Free’
The Guardian provides a platform for an Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood leader with a record of advocating the virtues of jihad to pose as a champion of peace, democracy and non-violence. (CiF Watch)

Tripod: CAMERA links in 3 languages, Aug. 16-19: BBC Watch, In Focus, Presspectiva, & ReVista

Our daily roundup of posts from CAMERA affiliated sites:

BBC’s Knell reports on prisoner release without mentioning their crimes
What are the millions of viewers of BBC television news being told about the recent early release of 26 Palestinian prisoners? . (BBC Watch)

BBC report on prisoner release is mostly about something else
Once again, the BBC shoehorns the subject of building tenders into a report ostensibly about another subject altogether . (BBC Watch)

Magic Carpet Ride: Yemen to Israel
Jews from Yemen continue to seek refuge in Israel. (In Focus)

The unbearable lightness of journalism
The Spanish news agency, Europa Press, has decided that the Israeli version is unnecessary. Even when reporting about the peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians. (ReVista de Medio Oriente)

Collection of Corrections From Around The World
A Hebrew collection of worldwide newspaper corrections from. the previous week. (Presspectiva)

Indy’s Matt Hill engages in cynical smear about Netanyahu and the Rabin murder.
The Independent published a commentary by Matt Hill which included a completely baseless accusation against Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. (CiF Watch)

Middle East headlines in the Spanish speaking press
UN’s opinión about the peace talks and turmoil in the Sinai, Egypt, centered the attention of the press. (ReVista de Medio Oriente)

The Tripod: CAMERA links in three languages: August 6th Edition

Our daily roundup of posts from CAMERA affiliated sites.

BBC self-conscripts to Peace Now campaigning yet again
The BBC tries to persuade audiences that Israel’s National Priority Areas plan is a spoke in the wheel of peace talks . (BBC Watch)

CiF Watch prompts correction to Guardian publication claim about Israeli immigrants
CiF Watch prompted The Observer and EPA Photo Agency to correct the false claim that most Israeli immigrants move to “settlements” in the West Bank . (CiF Watch)

Where’s the coverage?
The PA official TV added a new ingredient to the denial of Israel’s right to exist: monetary incentives. (ReVista de Medio Oriente)

What Makes a Rainbow Beautiful
Our student at Baruch College writes how Jews from all over the world have helped Israel become the multicultural society that it is today. (In Focus)

Mad, bad and dangerous: BBC stereotypes half a million Israelis
The BBC visits a community in Judea & Samaria – and then paints a picture of half a million potentially violent Israelis. (BBC Watch)

Getting the Facts Right, Before Lecturing on Morals
Even those attacking the new EU guidelines should get their facts straight (Presspectiva)

Headlines on the Middle East in the Spanish-speaking press
Read what the press in Latin America and Spain is publishing about the Middle East region. (ReVista de Medio Oriente)

The Tripod: CAMERA links in three languages: August 5th Edition

Here’s our daily roundup of posts from CAMERA affiliated sites.

The Guardian or PressTV? Iran’s president to export the Iranian Revolution “peacefully”: Guardian continues to run interference for the largest exporter of state sponsored terrorism in the world. (CiF Watch)

BBC showcases convicted anti-Israel activist in context-free illustrationPhoto of known amateur dramatics provocateur from Bil’in used by BBC to illustrate ‘the conflict’ . (BBC Watch)

BBC advertising revenue from countries restricting press & internet freedomNon-UK visitors to the BBC website see advertising which in some cases promotes countries with a less than pristine record on internet and press freedom . (BBC Watch )

BBC tones down Iranian rhetoric and extremismThe BBC portrayed Hassan Rouhani’s Al Quds day comments as though they related only to certain parts of Israel . (BBC Watch )

BBC Israel focus in numbers – July 2013Over a thousand people were killed in terrorist attacks in Iraq during July, but Israel still got more coverage on the BBC News website. (BBC Watch )

Difficult to Trust Those Who Advocate for TerroristsThe Palestinian Authority continues to praise terrorists. (In Focus)

The Media Continues to Invent BoycottsA recent erroneous report of a Dutch boycott of settlement goods was little more than bad journalism. (Presspectiva)

104 Palestinian Prisoners to be released by Israel – The Lowdown

The following video was produced by Politically Informed.

 

See the CAMERA document with all pre-Oslo prisoners and their crimes, here.