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MSM falsely accuses Israel of ‘excluding’ Palestinians from vaccine distribution, sparking accusations of antisemitism

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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.'”

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Shanghai: China’s Potemkin Village

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Following a recent outbreak of COVID-19, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has imposed a month-long draconian lockdown on the residents of Shanghai. The CCP has used the outbreak to persecute its own citizens, including through forced evictions and quarantines, and placing alarms on doors to prevent COVID-19 people from leaving their homes. The harsh measures have resulted in food and healthcare shortages and separation of families.

But of course, we wouldn’t know that by reading the CCP-run press readily available in the United States. Instead of presenting the facts, the CCP engages in a comprehensive propaganda campaign that props up Shanghai as a Chinese Potemkin village. The CCP media asserts that China’s actions in Shanghai are benevolent and wise, while Western criticism is a product of malice. Chinese state-run media also insists that the Shanghai lockdown promotes economic stability in China and the world.

Claim 1: China Has the Best Policy for Combating COVID-19

The CCP media portray the Shanghai lockdown as the best and ideal policy. As cited by a XinhuaNet editorial, “China’s dynamic zero-COVID approach” is “the best option to save lives,” according to a “Rwandan researcher and publisher,” “…a miracle for us to learn,” according to a Kenyan scholar, and “a very ideal response,” according to Ethiopia’s National COVID-19 Response Task Force Coordinator. According to CCP media, Chinese citizens have greeted the Shanghai lockdown warmly, even with “[a] mixed sense of intensity, unity and hopefulness,” according to China Daily.

Claim 2: The West Hypocritically Defames China

The CCP press also accuses the West of lying about the Shanghai lockdown, and using COVID policies for nefarious ends. According to XinhuaNet, “Shanghai…has never imposed what Western media described as a ‘lockdown.’” Other CCP editorials actually accuse the West of malice. One Global Times editorial claims that the lockdown “has been deliberately exaggerated by the West.” Another Global Times editorial asserts that the Western approach of “coexisting with the virus” amounts to a way “…to drive out a large number of the vulnerable people with low immunity,” and a form of “cruel social Darwinism.”

Claim 3: China’s COVID Policies Result in an Economic Windfall to China and the World

The CCP also portrays the lockdown as necessary to achieve great economic growth in China and beyond. One Global Times editorial, while conceding that the lockdown amounted to a “sealing-off,” it is “a temporary measure to better resume work and production and to make the economy and society function more effectively. Its effectiveness has been proven.” According to another Global Times editorial, China’s policy is “widely considered to be the best strategy…to both contain the epidemic and ensure stable economic development.”

In an Orwellian fashion, Chinese press claims that China is solving, not causing, the world’s economic problems. According to XinhuaNet, “China has played a decisive role in stabilizing the global economy and resuming the supply chain disrupted by COVID-19.” Citing a Bloomberg article, the same XinhuaNet editorial claims that China “has prevented a huge number of deaths at home and ensured that everything from iPhones and Teslas to fertilizer and car parts continues to flow to the rest of the world.” Chinese citizens, of course, are collateral damage: Ji Qiwei, vice-general manager of SAIC Motor Passenger Vehicle, stated that “The domestic market may be impacted a little by the COVID-19 outbreak this year, but our export market will continue to see strong growth,” according to China Daily.

While the world continues to suffer economic and human damage as a result of COVID-19, China continues to revise history regarding its role. Through its propaganda in its English publications of Xinhua, China Daily, and Global Times, China seeks to portray itself as a benevolent force in the fight against the virus.

You can follow Steve Postal on Twitter @HebraicMosaic

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