wall street journal (WSJ) has relied on a number of local journalists to serve as contributors to its coverage of the Israel–Hamas war.
One of these contributors is Fatima Abdulkarim, a Palestinian journalist based in Ramallah who has been affiliated with the WSJ since before the war.
However, a look at both Abdulkareem’s social media and past reporting makes it clear that he is not an impartial observer (as is expected of a professional journalist), but rather someone who has publicly criticized Israel.” It has promoted the insults of “apartheid”, repeats the views of controversial organizations that are highly critical of Israel, and omits significant context in its reporting on the Israeli–Palestinian conflict.
“Apartheid” and “Ethnic Cleansing”: Fatima Abdulkareem’s View of Israel
He has also written several articles for +972 magazineA far-left news outlet that has accused the Jewish state of a variety of crimes, protested the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA)’s definition of anti-Semitism, and published several articles supporting the Israel boycott movement. Have done.
in line with +972 magazinePolitical viewpoint, Abdulkareem’s articles for the site have accused Israel of crimes against Palestinians, whitewashed Palestinian terrorism as “resistance” and claimed that Israel has occupied Gaza (even though Israel removed all its troops and civilians from the Strip in 2005.
Echoing Breaking the Silence, B’Tselem and DCI-Palestine
Fatima Abdulkareem has shared on social media positions From a number of organizations, including Breaking the Silence and B’Tselem, which are known for demonizing Israel.
Both Breaking the Silence and B’Tselem have spread the apartheid insult, accused Israel of committing war crimes, and advocated against Israeli policy in the international arena.
Fatima Abdulkareem has also written positively about it and shared positions From Defense for Children International-Palestine, an organization that claims to defend children’s rights but is linked to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine terrorist organization, supports BDS, and International for Investigation of Israel Has participated in the criminal court campaign.
Fatima Abdulkareem’s biased journalism
In both her social media posts and written articles, Fatima Abdulkareem’s reporting on the Israeli–Palestinian conflict is filled with omissions of context and biased comments.
Examples of this include:
- In May 2021, a group of Palestinian rioters threw stones at an Israeli car passing through Jerusalem’s Old City, causing the driver to lose control and collide with one of the rioters. However, in that do Regarding the incident, Abdulkarim only showed the accident, which made it appear as if an Israeli driver had deliberately rammed his car into an innocent Palestinian.
- Abdulkareem on November 23, 2022 Tweeted About a terrorist attack that struck Jerusalem, referred to it as one “explosion” (even though there were two separate bombings), and omitted the fact that one person had already died Confirmed As he tweeted, by that time he had died in the attack.
- At the end of November 2022, Abdulkareem Tweeted that Ghazi Nasan was killed during an IDF raid near Ramallah, but omitted the key fact that he had reportedly thrown a Molotov cocktail at Israeli soldiers before being shot.
- In October 8, 2023 doAbdulkareem drew a moral equivalence between those killed in Hamas atrocities and those killed in Israeli retaliatory strikes against Hamas.
- In the opinion of October 10, 2023 GuardianAbdulkareem compared Hamas’ atrocities on October 7 to Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.
- + in an article about the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade972 magazineAbdulkareem left a history of organizing shootings and suicide bomb attacks against Israeli civilians during the Second Intifada.
- In the same article, she also discusses Operation Defensive Shield, which the IDF conducted in 2002, but makes no mention of the wave of terrorist attacks that preceded this operation.
- In another article, Abdulkarim referenced the shooting of Ahmed Bani Shamsa by the IDF in 2021, describing his death as the result of indiscriminate Israeli firing. He rejected the IDF’s claim that it had thrown explosives at Israeli soldiers.
Wall Street Journal, To its credit, it has taken a principled stance and supported Israel’s right to self-defense and its just war.
While Fatima Abdulkareem is entitled to her opinion, is someone who has proven to be biased against Israel and who has allowed her biased views to influence her journalism, in the WSJ report on the war between Israel and Hamas Who is the best person to help?
The author is a contributor to HonestReporting, a Jerusalem-based media watchdog that focuses on anti-Semitism and anti-Israel bias – where a version of this article first appeared.