Imagine two sitting Republican congresspeople planned a trip
to a foreign country in conjunction with a nongovernmental organization.
Imagine that particular nongovernmental organization had a long history of Jew
hatred: It had run a piece on its website quoting anti-Semitic myths about Jews
imbibing Christian blood, republished a neo-Nazi article decrying the
“Jew-controlled entertainment media,” and suggested that
“honor” was the proper response to a terrorist who murdered 38
Israelis, including 13 children.
Imagine that these two congresspeople tweeted a cartoon from
a cartoonist so anti-Semitic he won second prize at Iran’s Holocaust denial
Imagine that these congresspeople had themselves engaged in
anti-Semitic slurs, ranging from a suggestion that Israel supporters in America
suffer from dual loyalty, to the accusation that Israel “hypnotized the
world,” to the suggestion that Jewish money lies behind America’s support
for Israel (“it’s all about the Benjamins”).
Imagine that these congresspeople had expressed support for
terrorist Rasmea Odeh.
Imagine also that both congresspeople had a long history of
associations with open anti-Semites.
Finally, imagine that both members were supporters of the anti-Semitic boycott, divest, and sanctions movement directed against Israel—a movement so obviously anti-Semitic that a bipartisan coterie ranging from Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., had declared it so.
Now imagine that these two Republican congresspeople were
barred from entering Israel under Israel’s law that prevents propagandizing
designed to destroy the state of Israel. Would the media report on Israel’s
reaction or on the Republican congresspeople’s associations, actions, and
statements? Would the narrative surround Israel’s supposed free speech
crackdown, or would it center on the obvious Jew hatred of the Republican congresspeople?
Simply switch out the word “Republican” for “Democrat” and the media coverage shifts 180 degrees. Suddenly, the congresspeople become put-upon heroes, victimized by the evils of the nefarious Jewish state. Suddenly, a media blackout arises with regard to the nongovernment organization sponsoring the visit; The Washington Post calls the organization “a nonprofit organization headed by Palestinian lawmaker and longtime peace negotiator Hanan Ashrawi”; The New York Times praises the group for raising “global awareness and knowledge of Palestinian realities.”
The statements of the congresspeople become mere
conversation starters; The New York Times praises one for starting a vital
conversation about Israel. The boycott, divest, and sanctions position becomes
worthy of debate, rather than a symptom of anti-Semitism.
Our major media are driven by narrative, not by fact. And
the narrative depends on the players. Congresswomen Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and
Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., aren’t hiding their anti-Semitism. They revel in it.
And why not? The media celebrate them as “the squad.” Pelosi cowers before them. And their anti-Semitic propaganda receives kid-glove treatment.
And Omar and Tlaib aren’t new. Media coverage of Israel has
long been skewed in favor of Israel’s enemies.
How much coverage, for example, has the mainstream media given to the Palestinian Authority’s announcement—this week—that an LGBTQ group would be banned in its territories, since the Palestinian Authority’s values are in conflict with those of the group?
The answer: virtually none. As of this writing, hardly any
pieces have appeared in a non-Jewish or non-conservative publication.
Jews simply aren’t part of the intersectional narrative,
unless they are targeted by those perceived as higher on the scale of
privilege. It’s that simple and that despicable. It’s the reason Rev. Al
Sharpton has a show on MSNBC, the reason Democratic politicians continue to
play footsie with Louis Farrakhan, the reason The New York Times ignores hate
crimes in its own city, the reason Omar and Tlaib are treated as victims rather
All of which underscores just why Israel seeks to protect
itself so strongly from those who seek to destroy her: There are plenty of
people out there who want to, and our media watchdogs are too busy drooling
over them to remember that their job is to report the news.
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