Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Gideon Levy, Haaretz - Winner of the 2012 Dishonest Reporter:

Gideon Levy
Pesach Benson..
Honest Reporting..
17 December '12..

In a break with tradition for HonestReporting readers, this year’s Dishonest Reporter winner is not a member of the international media but someone disturbingly close to home.

It’s no secret that some of the most critical stories concerning Israel in the international press are lifted straight from the pages of Israel’s very own Haaretz newspaper, and all the more so thanks to its English language website.

While Haaretz is entitled to fulfill its role as a critical domestic judge of Israel and its government’s policies, what happened when it published a story that was — quite simply — dishonest?

Gideon Levy’s front page article ”Most Israelis support an apartheid regime in Israel,” backed by a survey, made headlines around the world:

Israeli back discrimination against Arabs: poll (Sydney Morning Herald)

Israeli poll finds majority would be in favour of ‘apartheid’ policies (The Guardian)

Israelis approve discrimination if West Bank annexed: poll (AFP)

Levy regularly demonizes the Jewish state to foreign audiences and in his own newspaper columns. He regularly goes beyond legitimate criticism of Israel, crossing red lines and allying himself with those who refer to Israel as a racist “apartheid state”, promote boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) and wish to see the very destruction of Israel.


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