Q: In what world does saying "kill the Jews wherever you find them" make you "against Zionism"… and demanding the ethnic cleansing of Jews in a "Palestine from the river to the sea" amount to a "dispute over land and maritime borders"?

A: 620 8th Ave, New York, NY 10018

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5 Oct
1/ A thread on *framing* in NY Times coverage of Israel.

Let's look at yesterday's story on the UAE deal and Arab Israelis, to see how the words "many," "some," etc are funny — capable of rerouting a story into a narrow, preferred frame.

Here's the top of the story:
2/ It's already clear from the hed and dek how the piece is meant to come across.

We have at its heart a story about how Israel's growing relationship with the Arab opens opportunities for Israeli Arabs. But it's clearly framed as, mostly, a story about the "Palestinian cause."
3/ Note that subhead again: "MANY say they are loath to undercut the Palestinian cause."

But when you get to the actual story, "many" quickly becomes "SOME." Here's paragraph 2:
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5 Oct
1) In line with its recently stated policy, @TwitterSafety did at least, in this case, delete the tweet mentioned below. It had said supporters of Israel deserve to die.
2) But let's be clear: @TwitterSafety continues to allow vile antisemitism, even when it is reported. This has been up and reported for years: Image
3/ And @TwitterSafety effectively okayed this reported tweet, too: Image
Read 4 tweets
16 Jul
1/ I have to say, "don't worry so much about celebrities with millions of followers spewing and spreading rank antisemitism, because white nationalists elsewhere are a big problem" — as if we didn't know that — strikes me as a bad take.
2/ Identity politics at its worst treats certain antisemitism as a problem on its face and more as an inconvenient distraction from another cause, and sometimes sympathizes more with those antisemites than with their victims.
3/ Here's the thing: we have enough room in our minds to fear and oppose antisemitism from Farrakhan supporters with giant megaphones AND antisemitism from white supremacists, and maybe even hold other unrelated thoughts about politics, the environment, etc, all at the same time.
Read 5 tweets
24 Jun
1/ Omar Shakir is Human Rights Watch's director in Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Read his account. Then see the video, in the reply immediately below, of what actually happened -- an attempted murderer being shot in the course of his attack.
3/ Car ramming attacks like this have been a frequent tactic by Palestinian attackers, and sometimes involved the perpetrator leaving the vehicle and continuing the attack with crowbars or knives. You can see video of an older attack, for example, here:
Read 18 tweets
8 Jun
Advocacy journalism.

1/ I can't help but wonder: what did many of these reporters—those eager to be the arbiters of higher truth, who want to decide what gets shared and what gets concealed—what did they do when the NYT published a Der Sturmer-like cartoon? Not much.
2/ In practice, advocacy journalism rejects the idea that reporters should fully and forthrightly share the facts, so we the readers can assess and make up our minds. We're meant to trust journalists' view of what the *real* truth is. That their biases are the *correct* biases.
3/ Alas, these are the reporters who thought Valerie Plame's rabidly antisemitic comments weren't relevant to a story about her run for office. The ones who let an antisemite plug an antisemitic book by David Icke, and didn't care what their readers knew, or what Jews thought.
Read 9 tweets
2 Jun
1/ Not only is @jstreetdotorg aligning itself with hateful voices that exploit the tragic death to promote anti-Israel propaganda, but the analogy between systemic racism and occupation stemming from military conflict is obviously facile.
2/ If we unilaterally dismantle racism, there's no more racism. Good!

If Israel unilaterally leaves the West Bank in the absence of a peace deal--several of which the PLO has rejected--Hamas sits on the hills overlooking Tel Aviv, Jewish civilians are murdered, and war erupts.
3/ To be clear: They're not murdered as a result of chaos or difficult transitions or whatever. They're murdered by antisemitic, well-armed, internationally designated terror organizations, who are open about their desire to kill Israelis and destroy the country.
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