Agree or Disagree: The Media is Biased against Israel because they only focus on the suffering Palestinians?
The Media should also focus on the Africans that are starving & suffering.
Since there are only 4 million Palestinians that claim to be starving & suffering.
While there are 100 million Africans that are starving & suffering.
If the Media is concerned about people that are starving & suffering.
The media should also publicize the Africans that are starving & suffering with at least the same or more effort.
Since there are 25 times as many people that are starving & suffering in Africa than in Gaza and the West Bank.
- affinity292Lv 79 years agoFavourite answer
I agree that there is strong anti-Israel and Pro- Palestinian Arab bias.
1. Pretty much any allegation made against Israel gets lots of play without examination.
And when it turns out (as is often the case) that the allegations are false, it is "old news" and either doesn't even get a mention or just gets a small one.
A few examples include the stories about:
The Palestinian Arab boy who was hit by an Israeli car. He maintained that he was walking along, minding his own business, when the car came up behind him and chased him up the sidewalk to run him over. He maintained this until the video footage taken by one of the other boys on a cellphone showed that the boy (along with several others) ran out into the middle of the road, blocked the path of the car, and were throwing rocks at the windshield of the oncoming car. The car was flanked on both sides by other boys and the driver had nowhere to go. Add to this the fact that he was in the area meeting with an Arab property owner interested in selling land to him (which is a death penalty offense in the PA), and he rightly feared for his life.
The Palestinian woman who received a lot of coverage for her terrible tale of dying of tear gas inhalation while peacefully joining a rally... until it turned out that she was never at the rally. She was in the hospital at the time getting treatment for the cancer from which she died...She was too sick to get out of her bed...
It does make a certain "sense." The media are very dependent on Arab "stringers" who are very partisan. When your guides and translators are all biased partisans, it makes sense that you would be partisan too. But, there is more. www.honestreporting.com provides great example. check out "the photo that started it all" to see a particularly egregious example.
2. But, you are right that there is a strange disconnect in coverage and impact.
According to one Pro-Palestinian website I just checked, they claim that about 6500 Palestinian Arabs have died in the last 11 years of fighting. And this figure includes all deaths, armed combatants, suicide bombers, Arabs killed by other Arabs in their attacks as well as those killed by Israelis under any circumstances. 11 years.
Over 1000 Christians have been killed an estimated 1 Million people made homelss refugees in the Ivory Coast in the last 2 months.
Over 4000 Christians made homeless, fleeing violence in Eithiopia in the last 2 months
I can't even find total statistics for the Christians killed or made refugees in Nigeria. Just last week, 1000 Moslems attacked the Christian village of Bar Arewa, burning down almost every single house and massacring the villagers.
Jordan killed more Palestinians in one month and Syria killed more citizens in Hama in one weekend than have died on both sides of the conflict over the last decade... But, it dominates the news in a way that seems out of proportion to other conflicts going on around the world.
- Anonymous9 years ago
Agree. It´s evident.
- BMCRLv 79 years ago
Disagree, but mainly because you are defining the problem incorrectly.
For starters, "The Media" is not monolithic. Thus, some media outlets do an "ok" job reporting (at least some of the time) and some do a terrible job.
Secondly, while there are numerous examples of media outlets showing a bias against Israel, that bias is not necessarily manifested as showing "undue focus on the suffering of the Palestinians at the expense of all others" but rather in different ways.
Thus, what I think is best is instead to focus on specific examples of where the media "got it wrong" and why.Source(s): http://honestreporting.com/
- 9 years ago
The Rothschild family set up the state of israel and by misquoteing the bible brainwashed as many israeli people as they could into hating palestinians. The good thing is many israelis can see through this agenda of hate, that in the long run will only benefit the banking families and industrialists that created the muslim-jewish hate plan. An example of the fact that the Rothschilds are exploiting their own people is the fact that they bankrolled the allied forces as well as Hitler in world war 2 and he sent millions of Jews to the final solution. The people on this planet need to wake up to fake patriotism and religious hate agendas who's sole purpose is to get us to kill each other. Which helps out the bankers in their plan for global depopulation.Source(s): Books they don't give you at school.
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- Anonymous9 years ago
The media are obsessed with the holocaust, hardly ever does a day pass without some reference to it, it gets so boring after a time, most people I know are sick and tired of it. At least the Palestinians are still alive and something can be done about the holocaust that Israel is inflicting upon them.
- lina <3Lv 49 years ago
Is that a joke ?!?! First of all, the US media never do that,
Secondly, The Palestinians didn't claim they are "starving" ,to say there are shortage of food doesn't mean they are "starving" like the Africans,
Thirdly, from the few channels that are non-bias against the Palestinians, like BBC and RT, show nothing but the truth, which is the shortage of food, electricity in Gaza, and the suffering of the Palestinians due to the blockade, who caused them the blockade ?? Nobody but Israel, When there is some country treating certain human like garbage, honest media must show this to the whole world, to let people know what kind of country is that,
But in Africa, no country prevent them from having their food, the problem is internal , not external,
There's a difference between : when someone is suffering because he is poor, and when someone is suffering because OTHER PERSON caused him to suffer.
If were going to think your way, then Why didn't the Zionist media showed how the Africans were starving when Hitler was killing the Jews ?? or when Bush was killing hundreds of thousands of civilians in Iraq ??
- michardavLv 69 years ago
We hear about the suffering of Africans, but we are not the cause of it. We ARE the cause (at least Western Nations) of Palestinians' suffering- or our lack of action more precisely. In fact I hear way more news about Africa then Palestine. It's hardly mentioned in Canadian news. If 25 times more people die of diabetes- should we ignore AIDS or MS or cancer? What an absurd notion! In North America the biased is very much FOR Israel, such as the reporting of the jubilation in the Gazan streets after the Itamar murders (turned out to be one guy handing out a tray of baklava that MIGHT have happened after the murders). Sounds biased to me. Or the the kidnapping of Gilad Shalit- hear a lot about that but none of the hundreds of people "disappeared" by Israel.
@affinity "The Palestinian woman who received a lot of coverage for her terrible tale of dying of tear gas inhalation while peacefully joining a rally... until it turned out that she was never at the rally. She was in the hospital at the time getting treatment for the cancer from which she died..." wouldn't mind revealing your source would you? Because yNet and the IDF state she was at the rally but the tear gas was not the source of her death. Do they release the medical evidence? Nope, they say "The information also reveals that Abu-Rahma was administered an unusual quantity of drugs, used to offer treatment against poisoning, drug overdose, or leukemia." Which is indicative of being POISONED by TEAR GAS (note they don't release WHEN she was given the drugs) ("Excuse me Mr. IDF spokesperson, are you saying that she had cancer?" "Well the drugs given her can be used to treat cancer yes that's true" "Oh so she had cancer?" "Well we can't confirm that but it looks like that" "Um, no, YOU made it look like that") And BEAUTY tidbit "Moreover, her family's report that she was "hurt by Israeli gas" was not corroborated by any other source." Sounds incriminating right? Yet "The IDF initially claimed that Abu Rahma had died in her home but Dr. Muhammad Eida, director of the Palestine Medical Complex said that she did not leave the hospital until her death was pronounced. "Jawaher arrived unconscious and unable to breath on her own yesterday at 3 pm," he said. "We sent her to the intensive care unit. She apparently inhaled large quantities of tear gas which penetrated her blood and caused blood poisoning." So we have doctors (Palestinian doctors to be sure) who say one thing and an anonymous military spokesperson who says another. And we now know for a proven fact that she didn't die at home, contrary to the initial IDF report (which was changed). We know the doctors name, his story has never changed as to the cause of death yet the news received by the IDF was an "anonymous Palestinian source". Unless you have more "evidence". But thanks for bringing this up, its a great example of media manipulation (can't check facts if you don't release source for "security reasons") and obfuscation.
- Anonymous9 years ago
The media is mostly pro-arab and you never here on darfor or anything else because they wont get rating/ they wont get paid.
only fox news saying the truth right now, the rest not.
and the u.n once again does NOTHING
- Anonymous9 years ago
- 9 years ago
you compared the number of starving Palestinians to Africans, but not starving Palestinians to Israelis. I disagree.