The Media are mum on the virulently anti-Semitic group behind Rashida Tlaib’s and Ilhan Omar’s since-canceled Israel trip – Washington Examiner
Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib’s since-canceled trip to Israel was sponsored by Miftah, a furiously anti-Semitic group that supports Palestinian terrorists and the destruction of Israel. The group also publishes Neo-Nazis and believes that Jews used the blood of Christians in the Jewish Passover.
You would never know that about the sponsoring group from following the press’ coverage this week of the congresswomen’s fight with the government of Israel. America’s largest and most prestigious newsrooms have managed somehow to omit all of these relevant details about Miftah’s outright anti-Jewish bigotry from their reporting and commentary.
Just an oversight, I am sure.
The Los Angeles Times’ editorial board, for example, describes Miftah simply as “a nonprofit organization headed by a Palestinian lawmaker.” No further context is provided. Additional reporting from the L.A. Times on Israel’s decision to block Tlaib and Omar from visiting does not even mention that the U.S. lawmakers’ trip was sponsored by Miftah.
The remaining six AP reports refer to the anti-Semitic organization simply as a “Palestinian group,” a “Palestinian organization,” and twice as a “Palestinian organization aimed at highlighting the plight of the Palestinians.” The group’s anti-Semitism and anti-Israel mission are never mentioned.
Over at the New York Times, there is more of the same. The editorial board chose Thursday to focus its anger on President Trump, claiming he encouraged Israel to block the trip solely “to titillate the bigots in his base.” Speaking of bigots, the editorial’s only mention of Miftah is when it quotes the anti-Semitic group directly to describe it as one that promotes “global awareness and knowledge of Palestinian realities.” Additional New York Times reporting characterizes Miftah only as “an organization headed by a longtime Palestinian lawmaker, Hanan Ashrawi.”
To the newspaper’s credit, it published an opinion article Friday correctly describing Miftah as a group that “has proudly praised female suicide bombers and pushed the medieval blood libel.” So, there is at least that. But that is it. The United States’ most powerful newspaper makes no mention of Miftah’s activities and beliefs elsewhere in its coverage of the Omar and Tlaib vs. Israel story.
At the Washington Post, the coverage has been similarly silent on Miftah’s outrageous bigotry. Two separate articles, one published Thursday and one published Friday, use the exact same language to characterize Miftah as “a nonprofit organization headed by Palestinian lawmaker and longtime peace negotiator Hanan Ashrawi.” That is it. Nothing more. Though the Washington Post could not be bothered to provide any details or commentary on the nature of Miftah, it did manage to find the time to profile Rep. Tlaib’s grandmother.
There is much, much more like this from our leading newsrooms.
Of Miftah, Reuters says only that it is “a West Bank-based nongovernmental organization that is co-sponsoring the trip.” Yahoo! Finance calls it simply a “nonprofit organization headed by Palestinian lawmaker Hanan Ashrawi.” Bloomberg News does not even try to describe the group. ABC News meanwhile quotes Miftah to describe it as a “nonprofit Palestinian group” that seeks a “sovereign, independent, democratic, tolerant and inclusive Palestinian state, which grants Palestinians their basic rights, preserves their dignity, and enjoys international recognition and respect.”
To be fair, the Washington Examiner itself published articles this week quoting the anti-Semitic organization directly to characterize it as a pro-Palestinian nonprofit that seeks a “sovereign, independent, democratic, tolerant and inclusive Palestinian state.” But unlike every other newsroom mentioned in the above, and with the sole exception of that one New York Times op-ed, the Washington Examiner is the only one that has provided additional reporting and commentary detailing Miftah’s anti-Semitic history, activities, and mission statement.
If I remember correctly, American newsrooms were quick in 2018 to talk about the dangers posed to Jews in both the United States and abroad following the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting. There was no shortage of discussions about the threats Jews face every day with the worldwide rise of anti-Semitic sentiment. None of this is wrong. Anti-Semitism is real and it is getting worse.
It is nothing short of breathtaking, then, to see that many of these same newsrooms have managed this week to omit all details of Miftah’s overtly anti-Semitic beliefs and rhetoric from their coverage of Omar’s and Tlaib’s fight with the state of Israel.
I am sure it has nothing to do with the fact that the two Americans involved in this week’s story are also Democratic lawmakers. I am sure that is just a coincidence.