MSM falsely accuses Israel of ‘excluding’ Palestinians from vaccine distribution, sparking accusations of antisemitism
This story was first published by The Dark Wire Investigation Foundation
By the time this article is published, Israel will have inoculated more than 10% of its citizens with the COVID-19 vaccine. Israel is currently leading the world in vaccine distribution.
Still, the Jewish State’s success has been viewed by many as a failure. The best example of this is the media’s reporting, which has sought to present the situation falsely, suggesting that Israel is keeping Palestinians out of the picture entirely.
Outlets such as The Guardian, the Associated Press, the Washington Post, Al Jazeera and NPR have put out headlines that suggest Israel is intentionally keeping the COVID-19 vaccine from Palestinians as antisemites continue to use the virus to spread modern-day blood libels.
But headlines such as NPR’s that read, “As Israel leads in COVID-19 vaccines per capita, Palestinians still await shots,” and The Guardian’s headline “Palestinians excluded from Israeli Covid vaccine rollout as jabs go to settlers” are misleading the public on what’s actually happening between Israeli and Palestinian leaders.
In her recent analysis of the media’s “canard,” The Jerusalem Post’s Lahav Harkov pointed to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), which in March published an article on how the pandemic “elevates antisemitic, racist tropes.”
In the piece, the ADL focused on the hate that’s spread online, showcasing a number of antisemites spreading the lie that Jews and the Jewish State are intentionally spreading the virus. Harkov argues that unlike social media users, journalists are held to higher standards and are expected to bring unbiased reports to the public’s attention. In this case, they’re not, she argues.
“…in recent days, supposedly respectable news sites that are supposed to check facts and be accountable to the truth are spreading the same bile as Iranian Holocaust-denial cartoon contest runner-up Carlos Latuff in that example from the ADL article,” Harkov writes.
She explains that by reading the articles, one “would get the impression that Israel has engaged in some kind of conspiracy to, well, trap the Palestinians with the spiky coronavirus balls.”
Moreover, Harkov writes that you have “to get halfway through the Guardian story before you reach the following: ‘Despite the delay, the [Palestinian] Authority has not officially asked for help from Israel. Coordination between the two sides halted last year after the Palestinian president cut off security ties for several months.'”