Tuesday, January 05, 2021

Most Arab Israelis do not identify as Palestinian. 




Despite that fact, and in opposition to the politically correct thinking that people should be able to define how they are labeled, most media refer to Arab citizens of Israel as "Palestinian" by default.

The Guardian:


The Washington Post:


Al Jazeera:

I don't agree with this terminology, and neither should any liberal. It makes it sound like some citizens of Israel are not really Israeli. It promotes division and discrimination. People who prize equality should abhor "otherizing" certain parts of the population.

So why does the major media consistently use this terminology that is both wrong and offensive to most Arab Israelis?

They do it exactly because it helps promote an anti-Israel narrative that Arab citizens of Israel are discriminated against. It pushes the agenda that Israel hates Palestinians both within and without Israel. It subtly tells readers that Arabs in Israel are not really Israelis and one day they will be free o fbeing forced to live in a Jewish state.

Yet recent headlines from these same major media outlets, about COVID-19 vaccinations in Israel, have flipped the script. They use the word "Palestinians" to refer only to Arabs under Palestinian rule, and not Israeli Arabs who are obviously getting vaccinated in Israel.

The Guardian:

The Washington Post:



Al Jazeera:


Suddenly, Palestinians are only a subset of what these newspapers usually call Palestinians! 

If these newspapers were consistent, these headlines would be outright lies - no one denies that Israel is working hard to inoculate "Palestinians" who live in Israel. Clearly, in this context, "Palestinian" cannot mean Arab Israelis. 

But there indeed is a consistency here.

When it helps them to bash Israel, Arab Israelis are "Palestinian." And when it helps them to bash Israel, only Palestinians under Palestinian rule are "Palestinian." 

Media bias is sometimes subtle and insidious, but once it is pointed out, any fair person would see how outrageous it is. 







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