Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Sky News Arabia shoddy report on Druze elections in Golan is riddled with distortions and falsehoods

...Such shoddy journalism again indicates that Sky News Arabia appears more interested in joining its brethren in the Arab media by parroting anti-Israel propaganda than in engaging in well-sourced, professional reporting – a disregard for basic journalistic standards that also casts a shadow on its London-based parent.

UK Media Watch..
CAMERA Arabic..
06 November '18..

On Nov. 1, Sky News Arabia – a joint venture between the UK-based Sky News and Abu Dhabi Media Investment Corporation – published a report about local elections in the Golan Heights that’s riddled with errors and distortions.

The article focuses on Israeli municipal elections held on Oct. 30 in the four Druze towns in the Golan Heights, and the resulting protests and clashes they sparked. Below is a full translation of the original Arabic article, with the errors and distortions underlined.


The residents of the occupied Syrian Golan celebrated the foiling of the Israeli municipal elections, that were held in the territory on Tuesday for the first time since its occupation in 1967.

Israeli sources pointed out that participation rate ranged between 0% and 1.5%.

The Golan had seen a general strike, in rejection of the Israeli elections that were forced upon the residents who affirm their commitment to their Syrian identity, according to the official Syrian news agency ‘SANA’.

Demonstrations were also launched in the Golan villages on Tuesday, organized by activists who resist Israeli attempts of Judaisation.

The Israeli military [sic] used live ammunition and gas grenades to dissemble the sit-in that took place in the town of Majdal Shams, and several protesters were also arrested.

This is the first time the Israel Interior Ministry has decided to hold the elections in the four villages [towns] of the Golan Heights – Buq’atha, ‘Ein Qenya, Mas’adeh and Majdal Shams – however the candidates in Buq’atha and Mas’adeh had withdrawn from the elections due to threats by opponents, which brought about a cancellation of the elections in the two towns.

The six falsehoods in the report are as follows:

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