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May 6 10 tweets 2 min read Read on X
1/ 🧵I just did a quick corpus analysis of 100 New York Times articles published between 1st April - 5th May on US Campus Protests. Findings indicate that the NYT reporting of the campus protests place a large emphasis on equating protests with antisemitism. Image
2/ A notable finding was that the terms 'antisemitism' & 'antisemitic' appeared around 296 times, while terms such as Islamophobia/c only appeared 9 times. This is a large discrepancy. Image
3/ Jewish/Jews/Judaism are mentioned 450 times, Muslims/Islam mentioned 72, and Christian/Christianity 7. The second most common collocate (words that appear together often) of the word 'safety' and 'unsafe' is 'Jewish', (the first is students). Other minorities do not appear
4/ The association in the text between absence of safety and 'Jewish' students reflects an emphasis on reporting how protests focus on the experience of Jewish students as opposed to other minorities. While it is problematic to associate Israel - Palestine with Jewish - Muslim
5/ (Palestine and Israel contain ppl of different faiths) we know that both incidents of Islamophobia and Antisemitism have increased since October 7th. In this regard, the NYT has not covered issues of Islamophobia or other minority related harassment to nearly the same extent
9/ We also know that 99% of students protests have been peaceful, and that major incidents of violence have either been led by the police, or pro-Israel gangs (in UCLA). Thus the coverage seems to be out of kilter with the reality on the ground, where Jews, Muslims Image
10/ and the many from different backgrounds who are anti-genocide are facing violence and harassment. Regardless of religion, those facing the most danger are pro-peace protesters. However, the NYT framing seems to conflate student protests with antisemitism.
11/ * The corpus was generated by searching NYT database on proquest for the terms *campus* + *protests*.
Ok don't know what happened to my number but this thread is 8 tweets not 11.
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Apr 14
🧵1/ Thread on the Islamophobic and antisemitic disinformation about the #SydneyAttack . I downloaded X posts that wrongly stated that the attacker, Joel Cauchi, was either a Muslim or Jewish terrorist Image
2/ The size of the network was at least 140,000 posts (from X). This time series graph shows that initially, most of the disinformation (red bars) accused the attacker of being a Muslim or Islamist. At about 1700 UTC we see more and more disinfo about the attacker Image
3/ being Jewish (orange bars). This temporal analysis reflects the fact that there is a notable tendency when it comes to such attacks in Western countries to accuse, without evidence, the perpetrator of being Muslim. To accuse the attacker of being Jewish is less common Image
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Apr 12
🧵1/ Just want to point out a few disturbing elements regarding misinformation in this article - "What's I've Heard From Gaza" published in the @TheAtlantic . I will focus on two specific references that are quite crucial in framing a broader argument about Hamas's actions #Gaza Image
2/ The article asserts with no equivocation that Hamas killed fleeing civilians on the Al Rashid coastal road in Nov 23. Not only is there no evidence for this, but the link is to an article in the Jerusalem Post, that relies on a tweet from known disinfluencer, @amjadt25 Image
3/ Even if one wasn't to take an Occam's razor approach (i.e. it was probably the IDF since they have killed > 33000 people), then it would make sense to at least report this ambiguously. Reuters, for example, covered the strike, but did not even mention it could have been Hamas Image
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Feb 27
🧵It is increasingly clear that ISGAP are operating in a capacity that has nothing to do with antisemitism, but rather malicious disinformation and a war on education. Their latest report is akin to saying ppl in Qatar shouldn't study *anything*, anywhere, lest they nuke us all
2) The highlight is perhaps how they use the third party aggregate edurank to "prove" that @tamuq and @QatarUniversity have "nuclear engineering programs". I don't even think a first year uni student would be this stupid. Neither uni has a nuclear engineering program, but I love Image
3) the idea that somehow the cunning foxes at Edurank managed to be party to this information that has been hidden from the public. The "report" then documents research projects at TAMUQ that could be "dual use". Below are some favourites. I kid you not, studying "sensors" is Image
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Feb 9
🧵Although there is more pressure on right-wing and pro-Israel lobbies, most of the reporting on Texas A&M's recent decision to close its Qatar campus in four years cites a report by ISGAP - a pro -Israel think tank, which launched a disinformation campaign about nuclear secrets Image
It goes back to this press release on 4th Jan 2024, when ISGAP claimed absurdly that Qatar could exert control over nuclear weapons research. Make no mistake, it's a disinformation campaign. It is also evident that the only people who took it 'seriously' were right wing Image
think tank, or Israeli media - e.g. @i24NEWS_EN @Jerusalem_Post . The fact some of these articles were written by FDD-affiliated 'journalists' (& by that I mean people with a record of harassing people who aren't pro-Israel) simply highlights the fact they are not credible

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Feb 2
🧵🚨Discovered hundreds of sock puppets promoting Israeli propaganda on X, Threads, FB & Insta. It also includes 'fake' websites. Recently, it has been spreading anti-UNRWA #disinformation, & trying to undermine solidarity between Palestinians & Black people. #Gaza

Analysis 👉 Image
2/ A few people noticed that influential accounts writing about Gaza were getting replies with people linking a @WSJ article about an Israeli 'intelligence' report claiming 10% of UNRWA staff have links to Hamas. One of the authors of the WSJ was a former IDF soldier. Image
3/ You may have noticed that the wording of the tweets was very similar. All of them focused on the '10%' figure. All of them uncritically embraced the 10% figure of UNRWA employees being 'linked' to Hamas.

Bots gonna bot

#disinformation Image
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Feb 1
🧵1/ Analysis of why Israel's UNRWA 'dossier' smearing UNRWA is misleading propaganda.

Indeed, Israel's own statistics actually show that the alleged Hamas presence in UNRWA is significantly LOWER than elsewhere in #Gaza.

Read on for more >
2/ A number of outlets, including Reuters, Sky News, CNN and Forbes (to name but a few) have run stories about an intelligence dossier provided by Israel (solid source!) attempting to smear UNRWA. @EylonALevy even called UNRWA a 'front' for Hamas'

3/ First the claims.

Claim one: 190 UNRWA employees in Gaza are 'hardened militants'. The WSJ reported that the dossier noted that 23% of UNRWA male employees had ties to Hamas (whatever that means), a higher percentage than 15% for adult males in Gaza. Image
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