Last week, a rally was held in the District in support of Israel. Hundreds of individuals attended, including members of Congress and members of numerous Jewish organizations. The following day, we searched for an article about the event in The Post, but found none.
But days later, the July 21 edition included an article on a rally of hundreds protesting the Israeli violence in Gaza. In the same edition, a front-page article on the bombing of Shijaiyah, “ Scores killed in bombardment of Gaza ,” left out a key piece of information: The Jerusalem Post had reported, “Israel said the neighborhood is a Hamas stronghold, and that the army had warned residents to evacuate it.”
The Post’s anti-Israel bias is demonstrated by the inattention to the rally in support of Israel and the omission of important facts in other articles.
Luis Landau, Washington
Jack Minker, Bethesda
The writers are board members of the American Jewish International Relations Institute.
The July 20 edition conveyed how headlines can shape narratives. A prominent front-page headline read, “2 Israeli soldiers killed in Gaza clash,” and the secondary headline read, “Death toll tops 330 as Hamas militants step up attacks.” The leading headline prioritized the lives of the two Israeli soldiers over the 330 dead Palestinians, more than 80 percent of whom were civilians, according to a U.N. estimate. In the secondary headline, the 330 people killed were not even identified as Palestinian.
Whereas the Israelis were named and described as having been “killed,” the Palestinians were simply “dead.” Describing them as such excludes any indication that the Israeli government and military bear responsibility for these deaths and could insinuate they were killed by Hamas. I hope The Post’s editors will exercise more caution with their headlines and avoid what came across as a blatant expression of bias.
Sa’ed Atshan, Providence, R.I.