Why Publicize What Arabs Say in Arabic?


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Shalev’s candid response: “We do not have room to cover all of that.” The follow up question was simpler: In the context of any article that HaAretz runs on the peace process, why not mention what the spokespeople of the PA say that day in their media and in their own language?

Shalev: “As an editor, I would recommend not covering that.”

In other words, a senior editor of HaAretz admitted to a gathering of journalists that his newspaper engages in a journalistic indiscretion.

As a matter of policy, Shalev admitted, Haaretz will not report the consistent message that the Palestinian Authority conveys in the Arabic language.

This poses a challenge to agencies that rely on HaAretz as a source. At the AJPA conference, our agency also asked the representatives of the JTA, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, if it would change its policy of not reporting what the Palestinian Authority conveys in Arabic.

JTA has not responded to this question, which our agency has been posing to JTA for more than a decade, without an answer.

Perhaps JTA’s new correspondent in Jerusalem will respond to the challenge.

Over the past ten years, our agency has also asked AJPA to allow time for an audiovisual briefing on what the Palestinian Authority conveys in the Arabic language. AJPA has consistently turned down the request.

However, the tenacity of our agency will persist with the question:

Does the media not deserve to know what the Palestinian Authority conveys in the Arabic language, at a time when hopes for a renewed peace process continue to dominate the news?

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  • Lady_Dr

    HaAretz leans so far left it seems their brains have fallen out. Is it any wonder that the left is so strong in Israel? Is it any wonder that foreign journalist don't know the truth (of course they also don't want to know because most of them are in agreement)?
    Is it any wonder Fox TV is hated? And Fox isn't even that fair and balanced (they are head and shoulders above the rest though – even Hilary Clinton has admitted they treated her better than the networks in 2008). But at least they TRY to be fair and balanced, the left never does.

    The left is guided by an emotional immaturity which would embarrass most 14 year girls.

    • Larry

      Well said. I had someone say to me the other day that Fox is a far right network.

      I then pointed out to him that that was because most other media is so far to the left that they would regard Stalin's right testicle as far right.

      After a short history lesson he conceded. It's not that all the left wingers out there are stupid, it's just that far too many of them are simply ignorant, and organizations like Haaretz work very hard to keep them that way.

      • Moodi

        Ha'ARetz is basically the outlet or the folks that have foisted the oh-so-low Oslo process upon us in Israel.
        I never bought an issue of this paper and I refuse to defile my residence by bringing home such an impure piece of crap.

  • Schlomotion

    Mr. Bedein raises an amusing point. When you censor, you cannot also exaggerate what the other party says. Only by reporting what the other party says can your magnify it into a hysterical crisis. Censorship and hype are opposites. Hasbara needs to alternate censorship and hype effectively in order to be successful. Of course it cannot, because facts and outlets for facts abound.

  • Ghostwriter

    Another typical,anti-Jewish,fact-free rant from Schlockmotion.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mike.villano.71 Mike Villano

    It's not just the Israeli media who silence themselves but the American and European media too.
    This cookie-cutter mentally-conformed mindset of the media will be crammed down everyone's throat under pain of false accusation of hatred or "Islamophobia" if you dare disagree with them.
    For media liars (and they are liars. Lies of omission are lies too) it's far easier to spread lies and smear honest decent people than to tell the truth about those who seek to murder and mass murder.
    They did it during Vietnam and throughout the Cold War so their current willingness to help the enemy by hiding what they say in their own language is just a continuation of their sordid but well established tradition of treason, appeasement and sell out.
    What was the first thing Obama did upon entering office??
    He leaked the military Manual of Enhanced Interrogation. He not only told them HOW we interrogate but far more importantly he told them what we would not do.
    And the Left in general and the media supported this because they don't feel right in their skin if they aren't selling out free people to murders and mass murders.
    For the media and the Left, the enemy is not Islamic Jihad. No no!
    Jihadis are just "misunderstood victims of Western imperialism" and "economic inequality."
    The real enemy is the Republicans.