Sunday, November 14, 2010

Article: Shooting death sparks clashes in east Jerusalem

Date: Thursday, September 23, 2010

This is an article by Edmund Sanders <> about Arabs rioting in Jerusalem after a security guard shot an Arab during what was described in the article as an "altercation."

Misleading: The article omitted the fact that the security guard shot the Arab in self-defense while being pelted by stones by a mob until near the end of the article.

Lack of Balance: The article quoted unnamed Arab leaders accusing the Israeli government of provoking the violence, allegedly to "deflect attention from the current impasse in peace talks," without any balancing Israeli explanation.

Bias. Lack of Balance: The writer asserted peace talks could collapse "Israel ends a partial moratorium on construction in the West Bank and parts of east Jerusalem," and again quoted an Arab spokesperson without any balancing statements by Israelis.

Inaccuracy. Bias. Opinion: The writer expressed the opinion "Palestinians want a three-month extension of the current freeze to enable time for both sides to negotiate final borders between Israel and a future Palestinian state." The Arabs have repeated demanded a permanent freeze.


Factual Accuracy: 7
Bias-Free: 5
Pro-Israel: 0
Anti-Israel: 5

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