Thursday, September 16, 2010

Article: Palestinian forces feel heat to end violence

Date: Saturday, September 4, 2010

This is another hybrid, somewhere between a news story and analysis. It reports on some of the recent terror attacks against Israeli civilians - as usual, with a careful avoidance of any reference to the word terror - and apparently tries to analyze its connection to and effect on negotiations. It is another example where the bias of the writer is apparently anti-Israel but the content of the article makes it pro-Israel anyway.

Opinion: The writer asserts the attacks represent a challenge to the Palestinian Authority security forces.

Opinion: "An uptick in violence is the last thing the Palestinian Authority wanted to see."

Opinion: "the pressure is on the Palestinian Authority to show it can contain the violence quickly."

Omission: The article refers to Palestinian Authority forces making hundreds of arrests, but omits mentioning their history of quickly releasing those it arrests.

Lack of Balance: The article quotes three different representatives of the Palestinian Authority but does not quote anyone giving an Israeli perspective.


Factual Accuracy: 10
Bias-Free: 8
Pro-Israel: 1
Anti-Israel: 0

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