The New York Times has a long history of using a Palestinian Arab narrative in its articles about Israel. One of the anchors of such viewpoints was made clear in the October 10, 2017 article about Israelis and Arabs seeking peace through cultural exchange, entitled “Seeking Peace Through Backgammon and Music, Not Politics.”
The article highlighted several Israeli Jews and Palestinian Arabs that sought to engage each other outside of politics. However, The New York Times (intentionally or not) used a non-political article about peace to distance Jews from their holy land, while simultaneously anchoring every Arab as indigenous.
Every Jew in the article was described as coming from somewhere else, while every Arab was local: from East Jerusalem; Ramallah; Jericho; Hebron; and other locations.
- “Riman Barakat, an East Jerusalem-born Palestinian peace activist,”
- “The king of Palestinian rap from the Shuafat refugee camp in northeast Jerusalem”
- “An Armenian from Jerusalem’s Old City“
- “Palestinian hip-hop artists from East Jerusalem“
- “fellow rappers from Ramallah, Jericho and Hebron“
- “rappers like the duo Muzi Raps, from the Old City,”
- “Raed Bassem Jabid, from the Palestinian neighborhood of At-Tur on the Mount of Olives,”
- “The [Jerusalem-Armenian] band, most of whose members come from Bethlehem,“
- “Karem Jubran, a Palestinian from the Shuafat camp,”
- “Tel Aviv poet of Yemeni descent“
- “DJ Ramzy, whose grandmother came from Syria“
- “Zaki Djemal, an Israeli of Syrian descent“
Not only did the article feature many more Palestinian Arabs than Israeli Jews even though the article admitted that all but a few dozen of the 2000 attendees to the event were Israelis, every Palestinian originated in a local town in the holy land. That was juxtaposed to every Israeli who originated from somewhere outside of Israel.
The Times will never educate its readers that more Arabs from around the Middle East than Jews from Europe moved to Palestine from 1917 to 1948 under the British Mandate. For the New York Times, the grandchildren of the Iraqi and Egyptian Arabs will be forever Palestinians, while the Jewish descendants that moved to the area during the 20th century will forever be viewed as colonialists.
More #AlternativeFacts from the liberal rag.
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