Monday, June 21, 2010

Article: Israel considers ways to ease Gaza blockade

Date: June 16, 2010

This article reported on what its title implies.

Bias. Lack of Balance: The article quotes an Israeli minister saying "It is time to end the closure in its current form. It does not provide any value to Israel. From a diplomatic stand point it causes great image problems." It is interesting that so many articles which quote anti-Israel statements fair to include any balancing quotes from Israeli spokespersons, but this article manages to include a quote from a high-ranking Israeli that paints Israel in a negative light.

Omission: The article omits any reference to the reasons for the blockade.

Omission. Half-Truth. Misleading: The article accurately reports "United Nations will deliver cargo to Gaza from three ships that tried to run the blockade but were seized May 31," but omits any reference to the fact that Israel earlier tried to transfer the goods to Gaza but Hamas refused to accept them.


Factual Accuracy: 10
Bias-Free: 6
Pro-Israel: 0
Anti-Israel: 2

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