Keeping With Tradition: The New York Times and Other Forms of Anti-Israel Bias

 “In Israel, in order to be a realist you must believe in miracles”

~ David Ben Gurien, Polish born Israeli Statesman and Prime Minister

nyt“During the era of the Holocaust, the American press did not always publicize reports of Nazi atrocities in full or with prominent placement. For example, the New York Times, the nation’s leading newspaper, generally de-emphasized the murder of the Jews in its news coverage. As early as July 2, 1942, the New York Times reported on the operations of the killing center in Chelmno, based on sources from the Polish underground. The article, however, appeared on page six of the newspaper. Although the New York Times covered the December 1942 statement of the Allies condemning the mass murder of European Jews on its front page, it placed coverage of the more specific information released by Wise on page ten, significantly minimizing its importance.” [“The United States and the Holocaust,” [United States Holocaust Memorial Museum]

The story of the deplorable editorial decision of The New York Times to bury news of Holocaust… and former managing editor A. M. Rosenthal’s courageous decision to go public about it…. is reported by Dr. Rafael Medoff  at the David S. Wyman Institute of Holocaust Studies website:

ReportingOnTheTimes

Laurel Leff’s award-winning book, “Buried By The Times”

“In September 1996, on the 100th anniversary of the Ochs-Sulzberger family’s acquisition of the Times, [A.W.] Rosenthal decided the time had come to squarely face the newspaper’s Holocaust record. In his column on the op-ed page of the Times, he wrote:  ‘For years Times editors, reporters and executives tried to explain to themselves why the paper grievously underplayed the Holocaust while it was going on… Most of the world press did the same. But what mattered to us was the record of our own paper. Stories appeared now and then about Nazis killing Jews, but usually small, inside and without even trying to deal with the total horror.’”

The Times continues to express such “anti-Israel-istic” bias today. The Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) reports that Palestinian human interest stories consistently receive prominent placement within the paper, but, for instance, all news about Hamas targeting Jerusalem with rockets for the first time was, “pushed to the back of the section by New York Times editors.” [Dr. Rafael Medoff, “A.M. Rosenthal Acknowledged N.Y.Times Downplayed Holocaust News”]

Tom Gross, a former Middle East correspondent for the London Sunday Telegraph and the New York Daily News, details how anti-Israel bias is widespread in the mainstream media: “The systematic building up of a false picture of Israel as aggressor, and deliberate killer of babies and children, is helping to slowly chip away at Israel’s legitimacy…. As the Jews have learnt only too well, acts of wholesale destruction and ultimately genocide did not just spring forth in a vacuum: they were the product of a climate… The international media is not an innocent bystander in this affair.” [Gross, “European Media and Anti-Israel Bias “]

Antisemitic poster equating Jews with communism. United States, 1939. — Jewish War Veterans Museum; USHMM.

Antisemitic poster equating Jews with communism. United States, 1939. — Jewish War Veterans Museum; USHMM.

How do such so-called “journalists” sleep at night?

It is written that the Divine Presence yearned to be here with us in the Lower Realm. But Man, step by step, banished the Divine Presence from its home, with a tree of knowledge, with a man who murdered his brother, with all those things that human beings do. Since Man chased the Light away, only Man can bring it back. And this began with Abraham, who proclaimed Oneness for all the world. And it ends with us. Our generation will bring Heaven back down to Earth. [Rabbi Tzvi Freeman, “Down To Earth”]

As the Lubavitcher Rebbe writes: “Faith believes that which it is told, because it wants to believe. Intellect believes that which it understands, because it wants to attain understanding. Wisdom believes that which is true, because it is true.” [“Faith, Intellect, and Wisdom”]

Ancient Memory, Samuel BakUntil the time of the messianic restoration, believers in the God of Israel must sort through the propaganda and lies, striving to understand Israel—not through the biased agendas of politically and economically driven mankind—but through the loving eyes of God. The spiritual compass orienting one’s perspective of Israel can be found in the Torah: “I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (Genesis 12:3 ESV)

Shabbat shalom.  May those who propagate lies as an expression of hatred or for the acquisition of power find the integrity to avoid the crooked path that leads to destruction. And until the time of Messiah, may the world see the land of Israel as God sees her: as the home of Abraham and his descendants, the earthly body created expressly for the collective soul of His people.

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