Associated Press is one of those news sources we expect to be objective and reliable. But when it comes to the subject of Israel-Palestine, things are not always as they seem.
More than half the world’s population reads Associated Press content every day.
But a study of news reports so far in 2018 indicates that this trusted news source has been presenting the deaths of Israelis at the hands of Palestinians, and of Palestinians at the hands of Israelis, in two completely different ways.
This pattern may be a factor in how readers perceive the players in this decades-old issue. It is also, quite likely, a factor in how editors all over the U.S., who read AP stories daily, view the conflict.
So far in 2018, eleven Palestinians have been killed and two Israelis.
(Since December 6th, when President Trump announced that the US would recognize Jerusalem as “the capital of Israel,” overturning decades of US policy, 27 Palestinians and 2 Israelis have died.)
In AP’s 2018 news reports, Palestinian deaths have been reported in far shorter news articles than Israeli deaths, averaging 181 words in length vs. 551.
In addition to the number of words, AP’s choice of words, context, and which facts to report and which to omit appears to tell two totally different kinds of stories for Israelis and Palestinians.
Reports on Israeli deaths included statements by high officials condemning the attacks. These were often strongly worded, politically charged statements that conveyed the Israeli narrative: “[Israel will] do everything possible in order to apprehend the despicable murderer”; “There is no justification for terror…This is not the path to peace!” “Hamas praises the killers and PA laws will provide them financial rewards. Look no further to why there is no peace.”
By contrast, these AP reports rarely included statements by Palestinian officials condemning the killing of Palestinians, which would have provided another perspective for readers. For example, Fatah spokesman Osama Qawassmeh released a statement that Israel was guilty of a long list of actions that “contravene international law.”
Another Palestinian official condemned Israel’s “extrajudicial killings” and warned of Israel’s tendency to turn the West Bank into a “scene for escalation and security tension so as to pressure our people and leaders, and divert attention from colonialist expansion in our state.”
Such Palestinian viewpoints, largely accurate and readily available, were never reported in the AP articles on deaths.
Israeli victims are human beings,
Palestinian victims are “gunmen” or anonymous
Israeli victims were also personalized in AP reports: one was characterized as “a 29-year-old father of four”; the attempted rescue of another was described: “immense efforts were made to save the man’s life, but his wounds were too severe.”
On the other hand, AP reported Palestinian victims with impersonal, often negative descriptions: “armed protester,” “instigators,” and “protesters who were hurling massive amounts of rocks.”
Nowhere did AP describe efforts to save the victims’ lives, although certainly those efforts were made. Elsewhere there were reports of noteworthy turns of events from the scene. This is unfortunately a common occurrence at the scene of Palestinian injuries and deaths: “Eyewitnesses said Israeli soldiers …. fired gas bombs at the Palestinian ambulances and medics that arrived on the scene.” In another incident, “soldiers refused to allow ambulances and firefighters to enter the area.” These descriptions would have been valuable additions to the AP reports.
To its credit, AP did identify the five Palestinian teenagers killed as “teens” – in the past this has not always been the case, where the youth of Palestinian victims has often not been mentioned.
The actual killings of the Palestinians were often reported passively, e.g. “shot in the head during a stone-throwing confrontation” or “died in the violence.”
In two of the Palestinian deaths, AP reported that the Israeli military “denied using live fire.” The men were still dead, and no questions were asked.
In fact, other sources paint entirely different pictures of the killing of the Palestinians. For example, one young man named Ali was only described by AP as “shot in the head” during a violent riot.
But according to eyewitnesses, as reported elsewhere, a number of armed Israeli settlers had infiltrated a Palestinian town, and Ali was part of a group that were forcing them out of town – at which time Israeli soldiers began firing at the group. Ali was reportedly killed by an army sharp-shooter.
In another incident, Israeli soldiers were searching for the man who had killed a settler a few days earlier. The AP article explains that they found and killed a suspect and then demolished three homes belonging to his extended family.
The article does not reveal that they killed the wrong man. It also does not mention that at least 30 vehicles participated in the invasion of the wrong home, and that soldiers confiscated surveillance videos from stores in the area.
AP headlines give Israeli spin
The headlines of the news reports are tellingly different as well.
In the cases of Israeli deaths, the headlines indicate one innocent party and one guilty party: “Israeli killed in West Bank shooting attack”; “Israeli killed by Palestinian in West Bank stabbing attack.”
On the other hand, most of the Palestinian death headlines suggest two equal parties in conflict: “Palestinian teen killed in clashes”; “2 teens killed in clashes with Israeli army”; “Troops kill Palestinian teen in West Bank clash.”
In one case, “Palestinians say Israeli army kills 19-year-old rock thrower,” the victim was at least acknowledged as an individual, but the situation in which Ahmad’s death occurred was misrepresented. The article claims that he was “shot in the head during a stone-throwing confrontation,” but there is much more to the story.
According to IMEMC, Ahmad was killed
during a massive military invasion…carried out by twenty-two armored military vehicles, and two bulldozers…the soldiers also shot two other young Palestinian men with live rounds in their legs, and six with rubber-coated steel bullets, in addition to causing dozens to suffer the severe effects of teargas inhalation…soldiers broke into and searched many homes, and used K9 units in searching the properties, causing anxiety attacks among many Palestinians, especially children…
Some of the villagers protested this aggression, and it was in this context that an Israeli soldier shot Ahmad in the head.
In this incident, the Israeli army was searching for the killer of a settler named Rabbi Raziel Shevach, who had been killed three weeks earlier, and AP again recounted this older death. In fact, there was more about the settler’s death, which had already been reported on several times, than about the innocent man killed in the manhunt.
According to AP, “The Israeli military had no immediate comment about the casualty.”
AP stories about Shevach reported that he taught in a religious school in Yitzhar and lived in the outpost of Havat Gilad. None, however, bothered to mention that Yitzhar has long been known as “an extremist bastion” of settler violence against Palestinians, home of the notorious Yitzchak Ginsburgh, and that Havat Gilad is similarly notorious for violence against Palestinians.
The Israeli newsapaper Ha’aretz reported in 2014, for example, that close to 100 people had been been involved in “a wave of hate crimes against Palestinians and Israeli Arabs. Most of the culprits are known as far-right activists from the Yitzhar settlement and hilltop outposts north of Ramallah and the south Hebron Hills in the West Bank.” This is just one of many such incidents (see video here).
Such context likely would have been included by AP if it had been about Palestinian violence.
AP omits essential context
AP reports often leave out critical facts. For example, its news reports on a Palestinian girl imprisoned by Israel for slapping armed Israeli soldiers, almost always left out or minimized the fact that her anger was triggered by the fact that shortly before the incident, an Israeli soldier had shot her cousin in the face.
Perhaps more significant, essential facts about the greater issue are virtually never included.
Nowhere in these reports does AP tell readers that the U.S. gives Israel over $10 million per day. Without this information, American readers will incorrectly feel this is a foreign issue that has nothing to do with them.
Basic information that would give the reader an understanding of the context of the hostility is absent.
Nowhere in any of the articles does the word “occupation” occur, although the illegal Israeli occupation is a 50-year-old fact of life that affects every aspect of Palestinian life. Omitting the fact that Palestinians are living under Israeli military control leaves readers ignorant of one of the most significant aspects of the conflict.
Nowhere in these reports does AP note that many Palestinian families in the West Bank and Gaza were pushed out by Israel during the 1948 war that created the Jewish state, their properties confiscated by Israel. These refugees have not been allowed to return and reclaim their homes, a violation of international law. This, too, is essential information.
Nowhere does AP use the word “resistance,” the usual term for people fighting against military occupation. Instead, Palestinians are always “militants,” “gunmen,” “stone throwers,” etc. Americans fighting against the British in the 18th century, French fighting against the German occupation in the 20th century, etc. were resistance forces. So are Palestinians.
The word “settlement” is used 19 times in the AP reports. According to international law these settlements are illegal. However, only once does AP mention this fact, and even here it does so in a somewhat diluted manner: “most of the international community considers settlements illegal.”
Nowhere in these reports does AP inform readers that Israel is steadily stealing Palestinian land and imprisoning Palestinians who object to this. Nowhere do these report that Palestinians have virtually no freedom of movement, that some 70 percent of Palestinian families have had one or more family members serve time in an Israeli prison, that hundreds of Palestinian children are in prison, and that Israel is known for its physical abuse of prisoners.
Without these and other critical details, it is impossible for readers to have a clear picture of the basis of the conflict and the context of the deaths.
At the end of one AP article is this statement:
Since 2015, Palestinians have killed over 50 Israelis, two visiting Americans and a British tourist in stabbings and other attacks. Over 260 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces in that time. Israel says most were attackers and the others died in clashes.
To many editors and readers around the country, this means that 260 guilty Palestinians were killed. “Attackers” are guilty by default (“alleged attackers” might be innocent); people in “clashes” are reckless mobs, confronting soldiers and policemen allegedly working to keep the peace. Readers are left to glean on their own, with next to zero evidence, that these Israeli forces are one of the world’s most powerful militaries putting down protests by an occupied, unarmed population.
Astute, knowledgeable readers might wonder how many of those dead Palestinians were really attackers? How many were cases of mistaken identity? And what about those who actually were attacking heavily armed soldiers and settlers… why were they doing this? Could it be because Israel was stealing their land and had killed, injured, and/or imprisoned hundreds of Palestinian children?
And what about the unarmed protesters so often shot in the head by Israeli soldiers? Did they have families who grieve for them? Children who are now orphans? Widows who will weep and struggle? Parents who will forever miss them? We will never know.
How many of those dead Palestinians were children themselves? Answer: Since January 2015, at least 100 Palestinian children and 1 Israeli child have been killed in the hostilities. (Between 2000 and 2014, 2,079 Palestinian children and 133 Israeli children lost their lives.)
In the time it has taken to write this article, sadly another Palestinian has been killed.
The headline for this death, “Israeli troops kill Palestinian suspect in settler’s killing,” refers to Rabbi Raziel Shevach’s death in early January. Apparently this time the Israeli military finally found the person they “suspected of being behind the killing” that they had been pursuing. They stormed the house where he was staying, and shot him dead (this may be referred to as “trial by assassination” or “extrajudicial killing”).
The AP article recalls that Israeli troops had already demolished the suspect’s residence (and those of his extended family), but somehow neglects to mention that they had also killed his cousin, who had done nothing wrong, as well as another innocent man, during the course of the aggressive manhunt.
And once again, the article mostly discusses the death of the Israeli settler (as well as repeating details about the other Israeli death that occurred in 2018), and mentions nothing about the Palestinian who had just been killed. Did he have children? Parents? A wife? And if he actually was “behind the killing,” what had motivated him?
In the very last paragraph of the article, AP finally mentions that “19 Palestinians have been killed in the violence since Trump’s announcement.” In reality, it was Israelis who killed these people, and it was actually 24 Palestinians at that time, seven of them teenagers, plus a small boy who died on the day of the announcement.
The Associated Press claims on its website:
For 170 years, we have been breaking news and covering the world’s biggest stories, always committed to the highest standards of objective, accurate journalism.
It is possible that the time has come for AP to take a good, hard look at its objectivity and accuracy when it comes to reporting in Israel-Palestine.
AP’s system of reporting AP
AP’s main bureau for Israel-Palestine is in Israel. Reports from Gaza and the West Bank are phoned in to this bureau, where its editors choose and write the news stories that are sent out.
Many (possibly most) of the journalists in this main bureau are Israeli citizens or have partners who are. Some (possibly most) have served in the Israeli military and/or have relatives that have done so. While this doesn’t guarantee pro-Israel bias (some Israeli journalists for Ha’aretz, for example, are excellent, accurate writers on this issue) it does suggest the possibility of partiality influencing their work, either consciously or unconsciously.
It is essential that AP be transparent about its reporting on this extremely important issue.
Whatever the cause of the distortion that continuously characterizes its reporting on this region (see this 2005 report on AP reporting on deaths), it is critical that AP remedy it. Americans, who give Israel over $10 million per day, need full, accurate, unbiased reporting.
Last-minute updates: Two more Palestinians killed
Sadly, during the final edit of this piece, two more Palestinians were killed.
IMEMC, the International Middle East Media Center, has posted the following:
“Israeli soldiers killed, on Tuesday at night, a young Palestinian man, and injured 110, including 32 who were shot with live ammunition, in Nablus city, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank. The Palestinian Health Ministry has identified the Palestinian as Khaled Waleed Tayeh, 22, from Iraq-Tayeh village, east of Nablus. Khaled succumbed to his wounds, after being shot with a live round in the chest.”
AP also reports the story: “Israeli guard kills Palestinian after West Bank stabbing” but fails to report the victim’s name, age, or anything else about him.
A few hours later Israeli guards in front of an Israeli outpost shot dead 19-year-old Hamza Yousef No’man Zama’ra, who had attacked one of the armed guards with a knife, cutting the man’s hand. AP reported the death but again failed to give Hamza’s name, age, or additional information about him.
AP also fails to mention that Israel plans to level dozens of Palestinian schools in the West Bank, that Israeli forces have just detained a 52-year-old Palestinian mother and shot a teenager in the face, and that 54 Palestinian patients in critical need of specialized medical care died in 2017 when Israel wouldn’t let them leave Gaza.
Perhaps to to AP editors, these stories are of no importance.
However, for many Americans, most of whom believe in justice, fair play, and human rights, such information might diminish the willingness to give Israel massive amounts of their tax money.
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For a list of all Palestinians and Israelis who have been killed by the other side since 2000, see this timeline.
For 2-minute videos of recent Palestinian victims, go here.
Kathryn Shihadah is a staff writer for If Americans Knew, and Alison Weir is executive director.
Molly McLaren, 23, sent a WhatsApp message to friends expressing fears for her safety after she broke up with Joshua Stimpson, 26, who she had met through the Tinder app.
The blood-soaked man was arrested in the parking lot at the Dockside retail outlet in Chatham, Kent, on June 29, 2017, jurors were told. McLaren was found dead in her nearby car, shortly after she sent a text to her friends which read: “[I] feel like I’m f****** looking over my shoulder all the time.”
Stimpson, who dated McLaren for seven months, admits manslaughter but denies murder, arguing diminished responsibility. The pair had broken up two weeks before McLaren was killed in a stabbing frenzy with a kitchen knife.
Philip Bennetts QC, prosecuting, said: “There is no dispute that he killed Molly McLaren. In certain circumstances the charge of murder can be reduced to manslaughter. In this case the defense will assert that it should be.
“[His] plea is on the basis that at the time of the killing Joshua Stimpson was suffering from diminished responsibility. The prosecution does not accept that he was.”
Maidstone Crown Court heard this week the pair’s relationship became strained and McLaren admitted she was having a “dilemma.” She described Stimpson to friends as “childish” and said in a message to him: “It’s just pathetic. I just feel really pressured with you at the moment if I’m honest.”
Bennetts told jurors McLaren was frequently attempting to “put things right” and told friends she was “walking on eggshells.”
On the morning of the murder she went to work out at Pure Gym at the Dockside outlet but Stimpson arrived shortly after and put his exercise mat near hers. A worried McLaren called her mother and texted her friends before her mother told her to come straight home.
Bennetts told the court Kodie Jarvis had witnessed the attack, and said: “She parked the car. She saw Stimpson drive up. He got out of his car. He walked quickly towards Molly McLaren, who was sitting in the driver’s seat of her car.
“He yanked the door open. Molly started screaming. A man tried to pull Stimpson off. Stimpson, covered in blood, paced up and down the length of her car and then stood next to her car.”
Footage of Stimpson paying for a Sabatier paring knife in an Asda store in Chatham on June 27 was shown to the court. They were also told that thirty minutes later he bought a Saxon pickax from a Homebase outlet.
The court heard Stimpson was threatening McLaren and she told friends she was “scared of what he might do to me.” She said: “He’s literally lost the plot. I was worried he was going to turn up at my house. He knows my parents are going away for two weeks.”
McLaren contacted police at North Kent police station on June 22 and spoke with PC Philpott. The officer called Stimpson and said: “We wouldn’t want Molly to come to the police station again about you, would we?” Stimpson’s chilling reply was, “wouldn’t we?” Bennetts said.
Stimpson cried in the courtroom before listening to evidence on how he would post derogatory comments and photographs about McLaren on Facebook.
The trial, expected to last two weeks, continues.
In a CNN scoop out Monday, Oliver Darcy and Brian Stelter reported that ABC News President James Goldston angrily tore into his staff on Monday during an editorial conference call, “and announced that [Brian] Ross, the network’s chief investigative reporter, will no longer cover stories related to President Trump.” The move comes after Ross was suspended for falsely claiming former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was prepared to testify that, as a candidate, Donald Trump directed him to contact the Russians.
According to CNN, Goldston could be heard on an audio recording of the call fuming: “I don’t think ever in my career have I felt more rage and disappointment and frustration that I felt through this weekend and through the last half of Friday.“
“If it isn’t obvious to everyone in this news division, we have taken a huge hit and we have made the job of every single person in this news division harder as a result,” Goldston vented at his staff. “It’s much, much harder. We have people in Washington who are going to bear the brunt of this today and in the days forward. Very, very, very, very unfortunate. Really, really angry about it.”
Goldston was also upset that Ross managed to somehow get his false report on the air with no prior approval. “We just went on air with that information. We hadn’t approved doing that. And the thing that just kills me about this is all we had to do was wait. We had to wait a few minutes.” He noted that all they had to do was wait a few minutes for the charges against Flynn to be made public and they would have seen that Ross’s information was “just plain wrong.”
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He also apparently ripped his staff over how abysmal their response was. “The thing that compounded our mistake is that not only did we make a mistake, if we had then corrected ourselves right away, again — we wouldn’t be in this position,” he exclaimed. “And then it took us seven hours, eight hours to get our story straight. This is not acceptable. It’s not acceptable. And we will all pay the price for a long time.”
CNN also spoke with numerous anonymous sources inside ABC News who painted the picture that everyone was treating Ross like he had the plague:
“No one wants to work with him,” said one ABC News employee.
“The future doesn’t seem bright for him,” added another.
ABC News employees have also told CNN that there is great internal embarrassment over the blunder.
“It’s a major embarrassment,” one ABC News employee said.
“It makes me cringe,” echoed another. “This is not what any networks needs when people are so quick to say ‘fake news’ to you. It makes me sick to my stomach.”
In an appearance during Sunday’s Reliable Sources on CNN, Darcy told Stelter he spoke with ABC employees who were uncertain if Ross would continue to work for ABC News past his four-week suspension. With how angry Goldston appeared to be, it’s possible that the rumors could prove to be true.
If Ross was ultimately fired, it would be long overdue. In July of 2012, Ross falsely claimed the shooter responsible for the Aurora, Colorado massacre was a member of the Tea Party. And long before that, in 2001, Ross falsely linked Saddam Hussein to the anthrax attacks.
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A new lawsuit has been filed against the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, the sheriff, his then-chief deputy, and the Madison County Commission by a longtime deputy who claims he was punished for aiding a female colleague facing sexual harassment at work.
Deputy Gregory Gray, a veteran member of the office’s SWAT team, alleges he was discriminated against and faced retailiation for attempting to help then-Deputy Shelby Holt.
Holt has also sued claiming she was fired for reporting harassment by a supervisor.
That lawsuit alleges that Holt faced numerous instances of sexual harassment and that male deputies who engaged in a variety of sexual misbehaviors did not face discipline. Gray’s lawsuit repeats those claims.
The lawsuit, filed Friday, contends that Gray had advised Holt -– while she was still employed — to report the harassment to her supervisors, that he spoke to his colleagues about her situation and that he called a non-emergency number to get her assistance after she showed signs of distress.
“The retaliation and discrimination against Deputy Gray has had a chilling effect on employees of the Sheriff’s Dept. reporting and complaining about violations of the policies and procedures of the Sheriff’s Dept., Madison County, and the Commission; violations of Title VII protections; and, violations of the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution – the Fourteenth Amendment,” the lawsuit argues.
“The retaliation and discrimination against Deputy Gray has sent a signal everyone else working in the Sheriff’s Dept. that if they complain about and report sexual harassment, discrimination based on sex, etc. that they will face some form of punishment and retaliation.”
The lawsuit alleges that in August 2016 — the same day Holt hand-delivered a letter describing the harassment to Sheriff Blake Dorning, County Commission Chairman Dale Strong, and county personnel and legal staff members — Gray was placed on administrative leave. The lawsuit claims he was not given a reason for the paid leave.
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On October 24, The Washington Post reported that Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee hired the opposition research firm Fusion GPS to dig up dirt on Donald Trump. The firm then retained former British intelligence operative Christopher Steele, who assembled a dubious dossier (complete with prostitute rumors) from his Russian contacts.
Breaking news? Hardly. It’s all but disappeared.
This, in one compact story, should have seriously undermined months of wildly speculative reporting on the Trump campaign seeking dirt on Hillary Clinton from the Russians, with the Democrats warning of “treason.” Even with the Manafort indictment, there’s still not a scintilla of evidence of Russia-Trump collusion. But looking like hypocrites, indulging deeply in a double standard, never slows these “news” reporters down.
The Daily Caller hints at a deeper angle, and it calls into question the media’s sermons on transparency.
CNN’s justice correspondent Evan Perez hyped this dossier assembled by Fusion GPS, but Perez and CNN never told viewers that Perez worked closely for years with the founders of this firm in a previous job.
Glenn Simpson, the Fusion co-founder “most often associated with the dossier,” worked on the same reporting staff as Perez at The Wall Street Journal. They regularly co-authored stories.
Peter Fritsch, another Fusion co-founder, worked above Simpson and Perez as the Journal’s senior national security editor.
A third co-founder, Tom Catan, was also a Journal reporter in the same time frame. The Caller showed Facebook photos of these men still going to baseball games and fishing vacations together.
CNN’s anti-Trump stories have hidden all this behind a wall of “anonymous sources.” This is one dreadfully serious reason why the American people don’t trust “investigative reporting.” In reality, it turns out it looks like a series of chummy hand-offs, funded by Trump opponents.
“Pro-Clinton political activism” and “news reporters” are one and the same thing.
“News” is being assembled and colored by personal transactions between old friends and/or political allies. There’s a lot of horse-trading and glad-handing in the “news” process that they hide through their opaque sourcing techniques.
To be fair and balanced on this ethical front, the conservative Washington Free Beacon website also retained Fusion GPS for research – for a few months before the Clinton campaign and the DNC – and the Daily Caller reported that they also reported on Fusion GPS without acknowledging a relationship.
Campaigns for decades now have been ravenous for “opposition research” – combing over a candidate’s decades of policy positions, speeches, and personal behavior, looking for something damaging that can change a political trajectory. Candidates and political parties pay for it, but the investigative reporters are also doing it.
In the Trump era, reporting and “opposition research” have become one and the same. The Clinton campaign and the DNC paid former reporters to find a gold mine in Russia. Why go the expense? Hundreds of liberal reporters helped the Democrats at no charge. The public needs to be skeptical about just how ethical they are in organizing scoops behind the scenes.
Just days after it was announced that that last 12 months has seen the largest increase in hate crime on record, RT heard that the statistics do not even scratch the surface.
Men and women who are not Muslim, but are of Asian and Middle Eastern appearance, are being attacked so often – verbally, physically and online – that they no longer go to the police. Hindu families have had the words “Muzzy’s out” sprayed on their houses, while others are called “terrorists” and “c***s” in public.
Associate Professor Imran Awan of Birmingham City University delivered evidence to the APPG on British Muslims as part of National Hate Crime Awareness Week.
“One man who was attacked said ‘I am not a Muslim,’ and the reply was ‘you all look the same.’
“A man named Richard told us he was driving along the road and a car overtook him and shouted ‘go back to Syria you ISIS terrorist,’” he said.
Richard’s evidence was read out.
“A group of white lads punched me and broke my teeth on the way back from work,” he told the professor.
“They shouted ‘all Muslims should be killed.’ I left my job after the incident.”
Other men, who are not Muslim, suffered attacks on buses while passersby offered no support.
“People have had their windows smashed, shops have been targeted, as well as physical and emotional abuse,” Awan said.
“Quite a lot of attacks happen in public spaces, public transport, buses, those kinds of attacks happen quite a lot. Nobody intervened.
“It was very normal, almost normalized that they suffered attacks. They said it has happened a couple of times that they didn’t even report.”
Taranjeet, 36, was forced to explain to his wife and children why his shop windows were smashed.
“When the shop windows were smashed, they were inside and I was out. My wife is always scared now. Actually, she did not want to go back to the shop for a whole month. My kids at home always say ‘Daddy, why are they hurting you?’
“What should I say to them? That they are hitting us because they think we are Muslim?”
Senior lecturer Irene Zempi of Nottingham Trent University, who co-authored ‘Islamophobia: Lived Experiences of Online and Offline Victimisation’ with Awan, said the consequences are astounding.
“We uncovered significant emotional, psychological, behavioral impact,” she said.
“They always had to prove who they are. A Christian participant tried to wear a cross on top of his shirt to show his religion.
“There is a worry this will cause hostility between different religious communities. Some people feel the Muslim community is to blame.”
Social media and the print press in Britain have failed to protect communities from hate, the professors said. At the same time, the legal system is unprepared for the rise, as non-Muslims attacked because they ‘look’ Muslim aren’t sure how to report the incident.
“Someone tried to report a crime to the police and they were not sure how to record it,” Zempi said.
“They were not sure if they could record it as Islamic hate crime because the person is not Muslim. Victims need confidence something is being done.”
There were 80,393 recorded hate offences in 2016-17, compared with 62,518 in 2015-16.
Despite the rise in hate crime, prosecutions are down, Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) figures show.
Prosecutions in 2015 were at 737 for 12 months, down on the number of people brought before the courts in 2016, which was 593.
However, the number has risen dramatically since records began in 2007-08, when it stood at 179.
Why is the Wall Street Jounral reporting that a banking collapse could happen on 10/15? They are also reporting that the elite are pulling their money from the banks. I don’t trust the WSJ farther than I can thrown them. What is behind this press release?
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Kiev, Ukraine – In yet another glaring example of the lack of democratic values present within the US-backed neo-Nazi Ukrainian puppet government, Anna Kurbatova, a reporter for Russia’s Channel 1, was kidnapped off the streets of Kiev in broad daylight by Ukrainian security services.
The journalist was then forcefully deported from Ukraine and barred from entering the country for three years for “smearing” the Ukrainian government, according to a security service spokesman. Kurbatova was “grabbed by unknown assailants, forced into a car and driven away,” according to a Channel 1 spokesperson.
Russia was quick to condemn the actions of the US-backed Ukrainian neo-Nazi government, as the Russian Foreign Ministry noted that they are closely monitoring the situation.
“At the moment we don’t have information, but, undoubtedly, we’ll do our best to clarify the situation,” Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.
“The abduction of the Channel 1 journalist Anna Kurbatova in Kiev on August 30 and her compulsory deportation to Russia is clearly not an accidental occurrence, but a deliberate provocation launched by the Ukrainian law enforcement and nationalist radicals,” the Russian Foreign Ministry’s information and press department said in a statement.
Additionally, the Russian Foreign Ministry pleaded with international human rights organizations to closely monitor the repressive state of freedom of the press in Ukraine.
“We draw the attention of international human rights organizations and other structures, designed to protect freedom and independence of the media, to the disgraceful attitude towards journalists in Ukraine. We hope for their appropriate response and practical steps regarding the outrageous actions of the Kiev authorities.”
According to international human rights organization, Human Rights Watch:
In just over a month, the Security Services of Ukraine (SBU) have expelled or denied entry to at least five foreign journalists – three from Russia and two from Spain – for allegedly engaging in anti-Ukrainian “propaganda.”
“The Ukrainian government’s practice of accusing journalists of anti-Ukraine bias, then expelling them or denying them entry, is a serious violation of its international human rights commitments,” said Tanya Cooper, Ukraine researcher at Human Rights Watch. “Barring journalists is short-sighted and vindictive, and undermines Ukraine’s pledges on democratic reforms and the rule of law.”
Mind you, the term neo-Nazi, when referring to the Ukrainian regime, is not a simple euphemism – but an actual assessment of belief systems. The BBC gave a nuanced look at the phenomena of neo-Nazis within the Ukrainian government:
This hyper-sensitivity and stonewalling were on full display after President Petro Poroshenko presented a Ukrainian passport to someone who, according to human rights activists, is a “Belarusian neo-Nazi.”
Among the recipients was Serhiy Korotkykh, a Belarusian national, to whom Mr Poroshenko awarded Ukrainian citizenship, praising his “courageous and selfless service.”
Experts who follow the far right have strongly objected to President Poroshenko’s decision. They say Korotkykh was a member of the far-right Russian National Unity party and also a founding member of the neo-Nazi National Socialist Society (NSS) in Russia.
According to Ukrainian academic Anton Shekhovtsov, the NSS’s main goal “is to prepare for a race war”.
Shekhovtsov said the Belarusian had been charged for involvement in a bombing in central Moscow in 2007, and was detained in 2013 in the Belarusian capital Minsk for allegedly stabbing an anti-fascist activist. He was later released for lack of evidence.
As Korotkykh’s case demonstrates, the ultra-nationalists have proven to be effective and dedicated fighters in the brutal war in the east against Russian-backed separatists and Russian forces, whose numbers also include a large contingent from Russia’s far right.
As a result, they have achieved a level of acceptance, even though most Ukrainians are unfamiliar with their actual beliefs.
The volunteer Azov Battalion is a case in point.
The Azov battalion seems to enjoy the support of several top officials
Run by the extremist Patriot of Ukraine organisation, which considers Jews and other minorities “sub-human” and calls for a white, Christian crusade against them, it sports three Nazi symbols on its insignia: a modified Wolf’s Hook, a black sun (or “Hakensonne”) and the title Black Corps, which was used by the Waffen SS.
Azov is just one of more than 50 volunteer groups fighting in the east, the vast majority of which are not extremist, yet it seems to enjoy special backing from some top officials:
Interior Minister Arsen Avakov and his deputy Anton Gerashchenko actively supported the parliament candidacy of Andriy Biletsky, the Azov and Patriot of Ukraine commander.
Vadim Troyan, another top Azov official and Patriot of Ukraine member, was recently named police chief for the Kiev region.
Korotkykh is also an Azov member.
Essentially, the Ukrainian government’s political terror machine—backed with the support of the United States—is moving to crush any free thinking small shoots of independent opinion and any evaluations of current events, made on their own by political parties, public organizations, journalists or writers. Hiding behind the cover of slogans about European values, democracy and the rule of law, in reality, the institutions of state power in Ukraine are acting through law enforcement agencies and neo-Nazi battalions, to carry out a systematic destruction of any dissidence.
Not only did the Ukraine admit to these crimes but they openly bragged about kidnapping others who dare criticize the state.
A Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) spokesman confirmed that the Kurbatova was detained by the organization’s operatives, and will be deported from Ukraine to Russia, while threatening similar treatment for anyone who dares speak the truth about the Ukrainian neo-Nazi regime.
“Russian propagandist Anna Kurbatova will be forcibly returned to the Russian Federation. Ukraine is a constitutional state, its security services operate strictly within the legal framework. All necessary documents for her deportation are being prepared at the moment. It will happen to everyone who dares to smear Ukraine,” the spokesperson said in a Facebook post.
Russian Human Rights Commissioner, Tatyana Moskalkova, contacted her Ukrainian counterpart, following the snatch and grab of Kurbatova, to determine whether the security services are operating within the rule of law.
“I’ve just sent a request to my colleague Valeria Lukyanova asking her about the location [of the journalist], her health condition and the consular visit, i.e. whether all the conventions are being observed if she has been detained by law enforcement,” Moskalkova told Interfax.
“I’m outraged and deeply worried about the treatment of journalists. Freedom of speech is protected not only by states’ constitutions, but also by international legal acts, journalists worldwide are independent and have immunity.”
An SBU spokesperson later confirmed that the Russian journalist had been forcibly deported.
“Russian propagandist Anna Kurbatova, against whom a decision of forcible deportation from Ukraine was made, has crossed the Ukrainian-Russian border. She is barred from entering the territory of our country for three years,” an SBU spokesperson added.
Prior to her kidnapping and deportment, Kurbatova had received death threats connected to her reporting and was placed on a list of “enemies of Ukraine” on a website that lists journalists the neo-Nazi regime accuses of “anti-Ukrainian propaganda” and “manipulating socially-important information.”
Additionally, just prior to her being snatched by the SBU, Kurbatova had been working on a report highlighting the ill-treatment of journalists in Ukraine, which has not yet aired.
As noted previously, in early August, another journalist, Tamara Neresyan, reporting for the All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (VGTRK), was deported following a very similar incident.
“I was detained in the street and promptly brought to the main SBU office, where I was questioned for three hours. They confiscated my phone, it was done very roughly, nearly breaking my arms. Following the questioning they read me a resolution of the SBU that I would be deported and barred from re-entry for three years,” Neresyan told Rossiya 24 TV channel.
Make no mistake that the US is willing to fund and arm anyone that forwards their geopolitical interests, whether neo-Nazis in Ukraine or al-Qaeda’s army in Syria, Jabat al-Nusra. Under the guise of spreading democracy and freedom, the US continually supports some of the most extremist elements in the world.
The US obviously operates under the treatise of “the enemy of my enemy is my friend,” in a continual struggle to embolden American hegemony, while attempting to propagandize their own citizens into supporting these radical elements by calling them freedom fighters or moderate rebels.
Please share this important information to wake others up to the dangerous game of supporting extremists elements being played by the United States government!
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In addition to hosting the Finnish President Sauli Niinisto on Monday, President Trump spoke numerous times about the rescue and recovery efforts underway in the State of Texas following the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. But during NBC Nightly News, the network didn’t really want to bother with all of that, so they chose to focus on hammering him for his controversial pardon of former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
NBC only ran one story about the President that totaled two minutes and 14 seconds of air time. Of that time, over half, one minute and 14 seconds were spent on Trump’s pardon. And with that, the remaining minute was spent on Trump’s reassurances and actions in Texas. But, 21 seconds of that minute were spent criticizing Trump for planning the visit the state on Tuesday, which was too soon in the network’s opinion.
“Even while the hurricane battered the Texas coast late Friday, President Trump created a storm of his own by pardoning controversial former sheriff Joe Arpaio,” stated White House Correspondent Hallie Jackson. “The President clearly prepared to defend the move today pulling from his suit pocket a list of other presidential pardons and commutations.”
She played a clip of the President reading off a list of the controversial pardons committed by former Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. “President Clinton pardoned Mark Rich, Susan Rosenberg … President Obama commuted the sentence of Chelsea Manning,” Trump argued.
The NBC Correspondent edited the video to blacked out the part where Trump called out Obama for pardoning unrepentant terrorist Oscar Lopez Rivera.
He was the man who led the domestic terrorist organization Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Nacional (FALN). As the National Review reported back in January, when he was first pardoned:
He was convicted of seditious conspiracy and arms trafficking in connection with his leadership of the FALN, the notorious left-wing terrorist group that perpetrated more than 130 attacks on U.S. soil from the mid-1970s through the mid-1980s.
When the news first broke that Obama released the unrepentant domestic terrorist, NBC covered it up for him then as well. They instead chose to praise the release of intelligence leaker Chelsea Manning.
In wrapping up her report, Jackson continued NBC’s narrative of claiming Trump’s visit to Texas was going to hurt the state. “President Trump will visit the Corpus Christi area tomorrow despite critics concerns it’s too soon for a presidential visit,” she sneered. “And even before his first visit to the storm zone, he’s planning a second, announcing he may head to Louisiana this weekend.”
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NBC Nightly News
August 28, 2017
7:12:23 PM Eastern
HALLIE JACKSON: Even while the hurricane battered the Texas coast late Friday, President Trump created a storm of his own by pardoning controversial former sheriff Joe Arpaio.
DONALD TRUMP: Actually in the middle of a hurricane even though it was a Friday evening I assumed the ratings would be far higher than they would be normally. The hurricane was just starting.
JACKSON: The President clearly prepared to defend the move today pulling from his suit pocket a list of other presidential pardons and commutations.
DONALD TRUMP: President Clinton pardoned Mark Rich, Susan Rosenberg. President Obama commuted the sentence of Chelsea Manning.
JACKSON: Arpaio, who got to know the President during the so-called birther movement, has been accused of treating prisoners too harshly and was recently convicted of contempt of court for defying a judge’s order to stop racially profiling Latinos.
TRUMP: He is loved in Arizona. I thought he was treated unbelievably unfairly.
JACKSON: House Speaker Paul Ryan publicly rebuking the President for that pardon. And both Arizona senators, both Republican, also disagree. Despite that, defiance from Donald Trump.
TRUMP: Sheriff Joe is a patriot. Sheriff Joe loves our country. Sheriff Joe protected our borders. And sheriff Joe was very unfairly treated by the Obama administration.
[Cuts back to live]
JACKSON: President Trump will visit the Corpus Christi area tomorrow despite critics concerns it’s too soon for a presidential visit. The President will avoid Houston, which has been hardest hit. And even before his first visit to the storm zone, he’s planning a second, announcing he may head to Louisiana this weekend. Lester?
LESTER HOLT: Hallie Jackson tonight at the White House, thank you.