Belgian Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel


BA4P: Journalism, Social Media & Press

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  • EURO-MED HUMAN RIGHTS MONITOR: « Occupied Palestinian Territory: Freedom levels decline as security campaign targets another journalist » The Palestinian Authority must immediately and unconditionally release journalist Tarek al-Sarkaji and cease the arbitrary prosecution of individuals, Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor said in a statement (27 September 2023):
    Without prior summons or presenting a warrant, members of the Palestinian Preventive Security detained al-Sarkaji at his home west of Nablus Governorate in the northern West Bank. The security force arrived at the journalist’s home at around 10:45 pm on Sunday 24 September, confiscated his phone, and took him to a security centre without informing him of the reason for his arrest or taking his poor health into account.
  • AL MEZAN CENTER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS: « On the International Day of Solidarity with Palestinian Journalists: in the absence of justice and accountability, Israel continues to target journalists with impunity » click here!
    Today, 26 September, marks the International Day of Solidarity with Palestinian Journalists. This occasion comes against the backdrop of continuing Israeli attacks against Palestinian journalists and media workers in the occupied Palestinian territory (OPT), which are fuelled by Israel's impunity and lack of accountability. The facts on the ground indicate that for Israeli forces, Palestinian journalists are targets of direct attacks, ranging from wounding and killing, arrest and detention, confiscation, and destruction of their equipment. Israel also regularly targets Palestinian and international media outlets operating in the OPT, including by bombing and destroying their premises during military offensives, shutting down their offices, or intercepting Palestinian satellite and radio frequencies. Since 2000, Israel has killed 48 journalists and media workers in OPT while they were doing their work.
  • PCHR: « SILENCING THE PRESS. » Israeli Occupation Forces' Attacks on Journalists and Media Institutions in oPt in 2023. Report No. 23, 01 April 2022 - 31 March 2023, PCHR (Gaza), June 8, 2023 (pdf, 21p.). Israeli Occupation Forces’ Violations against Local and International Media Personnel Working in the occupied Palestinian territory: click here!
    Israeli occupation forces (IOF) continued the systematic attacks against local and international media personnel1 working in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) despite the protection that journalists, as civilians, enjoy under international law. IOF grave violations against journalists include violations of right to life, threats to their personal safety by targeting them with live and rubber bullets, physical assault that includes beating and humiliation, restrictions on the freedom of movement, bombardment of their offices and other violations demonstrating a well-planned scheme to isolate the oPt from the rest of the world and to provide a cover-up for crimes against civilians and impose a narrative opposite to the reality on the ground.
  • « DEADLY PATTERN. » 20 JOURNALISTS DIED BY ISRAELI MILITARY FIRE IN 22 YEARS. NO ONE HAS BEEN HELD ACCOUNTABLE. A special report by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ, May 9, 2023): click here!
    The report, “Deadly Pattern”, documents 20 examples of the IDF killing journalists since 2001. Eighteen were Palestinians, and Israel has never put a soldier on trial for killing a journalist.
  • Michael ARRIA, « On anniversary of Shireen Abu Akleh’s death, new report details Israel’s history of killing reporters with impunity » (Mondoweiss, May 9, 2023), click here!
  • Palestinian Journalists Syndicate: 902 crimes, violations and punishments by Israeli occupation during 2022 (Mohammad Zawahreh, PJS, January 18, 2023): click here!
    The Freedom committee at the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate announced at its report that the year 2022 witnessed a series of events represented by crimes, violations and reprisals against the Palestinian journalism, practiced by the Israeli occupation regime represented by the occupation army More than 900 crimes and violations committed by the occupation regime were monitored and caused severe damage, the most prominent of which was the assassination of fellow journalist Shireen Abu Aqleh, Al-Jazeera correspondent, as well as the killing of colleague Ghufran Al-Warasneh, a new graduate and a local radio staff member.
  • Selective list of digital magazines & media re Palestine (pdf): click here!
  • ALLISON WEIR, Flashback: American media distortion on Palestine" (Israel-Palestine News, March 5, 2023, original 29 Jan 2014): click here!
    Thirteen years ago I knew very little about Israel-Palestine. Like most Americans, this seemed to be a distant, confusing conflict that had little to do with me. I was unaware –again, like most Americans – that American taxpayers give Israel over $8 million per day, more than we give to any other nation. [Now over $10 million per day.]

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  • Chris McGREAL: "Israel is murdering Palestinian journalists in Gaza. Where is the outrage?" (The Guardian, Jan 10, 2023): click here!
    The pattern of killing cannot be denied. Is there a lack of sympathy because the victims aren’t American or European? Certainly the message from some Israeli leaders is that journalists are fair game. Israeli politicians were quick to call for the “elimination” of a number of Palestinian journalists working for foreign news organisations who were falsely accused by a pro-Israel pressure group in the US of being “embedded with Hamas” on 7 October. Benny Gantz, a member of the Israeli war cabinet, said they should be hunted down as terrorists, reflecting a widely held suspicion among Israeli officials that Palestinian journalists are an appendage of Hamas..
  • "Number of journalists killed in Gaza rises to 101: Government media office" (MEMo, Dec 24, 2023): click here!
    One more journalist was killed in the Gaza Strip as a result of Israeli attacks, the government media office said in a statement published Sunday, bringing the total number of journalists killed in the Palestinian enclave since 7 October to 101, Anadolu Agency reports.
  • "Reporters Without Borders files second complaint with ICC on Palestinian journalists killed in Gaza" (MEMo, Dec 22, 2023): click here!
    Paris-based NGO Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said Friday that it has filed a second complaint with the International Criminal Court (ICC) on seven Palestinian journalists killed in Gaza from October 22 to December 15, reports Anadolu Agency.
  • Colleen MURRELL, "Gaza war: Israeli government has Haaretz newspaper in its sights as it tightens screws on media freedom " (The Conversation, Nov 28, 2023): click here!
  • Cassandra BACKX, "Schokkend: Israël vermoordt de ene journalist na de andere in Gaza" (De Wereld Morgen,Nov 24, 2023): click here!
    In Gaza worden journalisten doelbewust geviseerd. Hun dodental is deze week opgelopen tot 46, een van de dodelijkste aantallen in een eeuw. Volgens Verslaggevers Zonder Grenzen roeit Israël de journalistiek doelbewust uit. Ook in Libanon worden journalisten ‘uitgeschakeld’..
  • Amy GOODMAN & Denis MOYNIHAN, "Truth – and Journalists – Are the First Casualties of the War on Gaza" (Democracy Now!,Nov 22, 2023): click here!
    Honest Reporting’s claims against Palestinian photographers were echoed by Israeli leaders and media. But they’re factually and journalistically unfounded.
  • Oren ZIV, "How a hasbara group’s sham investigation put Gaza journalists in the firing line" (+972, 13 Nov 2023): click here!
    Honest Reporting’s claims against Palestinian photographers were echoed by Israeli leaders and media. But they’re factually and journalistically unfounded.
  • Mari COHEN, "Major News Networks Sideline Palestinian Analysts" (Jewish Currents, 18 Oct, 2023): click here!
    Leading Palestinian commentators describe canceled appearances and segments pulled from CBS and CNN shows.
  • "Middle East Eye loses contact with Gaza-based reporters" (MEE, Oct 13, 2023): click here!
    "MEE has been unable to reach Maha Hussaini and Mohammed al-Hajjar after Israel told Palestinians in northern Gaza they had just 24 hours to flee. "Maha and Mohammed have been at the forefront of MEE’s coverage of Gaza," said David Hearst, the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Middle East Eye. "We owe them a huge debt and pray they and their families will get through these truly apocalyptic times that western leaders actually support. The carnage Palestinians in Gaza are suffering beggars belief. "No one can claim, thanks to the coverage Maha and Mohammed gave us, that they did not know."
  • Mohammad AYESH, "Arabic press review: Palestinian Authority arrests West Bank journalist" (Middle East Eye, Sept 26, 2023): click here!
    Palestinian security forces arrested journalist Tariq Yousef Al-Sarkji, 35, from his home in the city of Nablus in the northern West Bank on Monday night, according to Al-Araby Al-Jadeed newspaper. "A force from the Palestinian Preventive Security in civilian clothing raided our house at approximately 10.45 pm local time and informed my husband of his arrest, without presenting an arrest warrant or cards stating that they were security men. Then they confiscated his mobile phone," Somaya Jawabra, the journalist's wife, said.
  • Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor, "Occupied Palestinian Territory: Escalating attacks on journalists reflect decline in freedoms, require investigation and accountability" (Euro-Med, August 6, 2023): click here!
    Geneva – The targeting and prosecution of journalists in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip is deeply concerning, said Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor in a statement, and indicates a serious decline in public freedoms.
  • Baker ZOUBI, "The Arabic media on Israel’s crisis: Don’t interfere with its implosion" (+972, August 3, 2023): click here!
    Across the Arab world, journalists are debating the implications of Israel's anti-government protests on the state's stability and regional relations.
  • Basel ADRA: "I was handcuffed and blindfolded for reporting on settler violence" (+972, July 17, 2023): click here!
    The Israeli army detained +972 reporter Basel Adra as he covered a settler attack in Masafer Yatta. Here, he recounts his ordeal.
  • Jonathan SHAMIR: "Israel Is Silencing Palestinian Journalists Exposing the Occupation" (Haaretz, July 17, 2023): click here!
    These are two faces of Israel’s crackdown on freedom of expression for Palestinians.
  • Jack KHOURY: "Palestinian Journalists Say Israeli Army Snipers Shot at Them During Jenin Operationt" (Haaretz, July 8, 2023): click here!
    A video of the incident published by the Qatar-based Al Araby TV network and other media outlets shows soldiers firing at a television camera, destroying it.
  • Vera SAJRAWI: "Shut out and under fire, Palestinian journalists struggle to cover Jenin assault" (+972, July 4, 2023): click here!
    After Israeli snipers fire directly at Palestinian camera crews, journalists fear entering the refugee camp on the second day of Israel's invasion.
  • "Journalists shot at during Israeli raid in occupied West Bank" (video Al Jazeera Newsfeed, June 8, 2023, YouTube): click here!
    Two journalists were among several Palestinians injured by Israeli forces during a raid in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank that brought protesters on to the streets. This journalist was shot in the head.
  • Ali HARB: "Timeline: How US stance shifted on killing of Shireen Abu Akleh" (Al Jazeera, May 11, 2023): click here!
    The Biden administration’s position on the killing has shifted over time despite repeated US calls for ‘accountability’.
  • Alain GRESH, "Un an après, l’impunité pour l’assassinat de Shirin Abou Akleh" (OrientXXI, May 10, 2023): click here!
  • Jonathan SHAMIR & Hagar SHEZAF, "Israel Has Not Prosecuted Anybody for the Killing of 20 Journalists, Report Finds" (Haaretz, May 9, 2023): click here!
    The Committee to Protect Journalists describes an opaque, haphazard and drawn-out process, accusing Israeli officials of discounting 'evidence and witness claims, often appearing to clear soldiers of the killing while inquiries are still in progress'.
  • Robert MAHONEY, "Not Just Shireen Abu Akleh: Israel Is Judge and Jury When It Comes to Killing Journalists" (Haaretz, May 9, 2023): click here!
    A year after the army's killing of Al Jazeera's Palestine correspondent, Israel has failed to launch a process for transparently investigating reporters' deaths. Instead its playbook is one of denial and deflection.
  • Adnan ABU AMER, "The Palestinian narrative is getting stronger, while the Israeli narrative declines" (Middle East Monitor, May 1, 2023): click here!
    As Israel prepares for the outbreak of a new wave of confrontations with the Palestinians, it is also getting ready to face relentless efforts on social media to push for the continuation of resistance and confrontation of the occupation. Events in the last weeks of Ramadan led Israeli occupation forces to arrest more than one hundred Palestinian youth and media activists and file dozens of charges against them.
  • Jack KHOURY, "East Jerusalem Journalist Under House Arrest for Six Months Over Online Post" (The Palestine Chronicle, March 13, 2023): click here!
    Lama Ghosheh was convicted of identification with a terror organization and incitement to violence after she uploaded 10 posts praising terror groups, prosecutors say. Court orders investigation into whether she can do community service instead.
  • "France24 Suspends Renowned Journalist over Pro-Palestine Stance" (Haaretz, March 21, 2023): click here!
    France24 TV suspended renowned Palestinian journalist Laila Odeh on Saturday, after opening an investigation into her use of “pro-Palestine” terminology on her personal social media accounts, the Middle East Monitor reported. The television network accused Odeh of “incitement” and “anti-Semitism” for using the term “martyr” in reference to Palestinians killed by Israel and “1948 lands” when referring to the land of Palestine under the British Mandate before Israel’s establishment.
  • Sam SOKOL & Noa SHPIGEL: "'Leftists Go Home': Right-wing Activists Mob Journalists Reporting on Jerusalem Shooting" (Haaretz, Jan 29, 2023): click here!
    The mob 'violently threw away photographic equipment' and harassed reporters shooting a segment on the East Jerusalem shooting that left seven Israelis dead, Israel's Channel 13 says.
  • Ramzy BAROUD & Romana RUBEO: "Palestinians Are Not Liars: Confronting the Violence of Media Delegitimization" (ZNET, Jan 26, 2023): click here!
    On January 19, during one of its raids in the Occupied West Bank, the Israeli military arrested a Palestinian journalist, Abdul Muhsen Shalaldeh, near the town of Al-Khalil (Hebron). This is just the latest of a staggering number of violations against Palestinian journalists, and against freedom of expression.
  • Ramzy BAROUD: "Palestinians are not liars: confronting the violence of media delegitimisation" (Middle East Monitor, Jan 23, 2023): click here!
    During one of its frequent raids in the occupied West Bank on 19 January, the Israeli military arrested Palestinian journalist Abdul Muhsen Shalaldeh near the town of Al-Khalil (Hebron). This was just the latest of a staggering number of violations against Palestinian journalists and freedom of expression.
  • Nasim AHMED, "The Israel you knew, has not 'gone' it never existed " (Middle East Monitor, Dec 20, 2022): click here!
    Israel's war on Palestine is not confined to the battlefield. It is also waged in the media, nowhere more prominently than in the New York Times. Long regarded within the industry as a national "newspaper of record", its record on impartially reporting on Israel's brutal military occupation and takeover of Palestine leaves a lot to be desired. Though widely considered to be a left-leaning newspaper, the pages of the NYT have been used to whitewash Israeli crimes.
  • Kathryn SHIHADAH, "Social media’s history of suppressing Palestine content " (Israel-Palestine News, Dec 12, 2022): click here!
    Social media platforms have repressed Palestinian voices for years, influenced by the Israeli government (and no doubt, its US lobby)… As the journal ‘Foreign Policy’ reports, an ostensibly ‘democratic’ government suppresses a popular online movement with the acquiescence of ostensibly ‘liberal’ Silicon Valley executives…
  • Marwa FATAFTA: « Meta’s clampdown on Palestine speech is far from ‘unintentional’» (Informed Comment, Oct 9, 2022): click here!
    A report on the social media giant validated Palestinian experiences of censorship in May 2021, but missed how those policies are biased by design.
  • Ramzy BAROUD: « How Coverage of Palestinians and Israel in NYT and Western Press Obscures the Occupation » (Informed Comment, Aug 26, 2022): click here!
    While US and western mainstream and corporate media remain biased in favour of Israel, they often behave as if they are a third, neutral party. This is simply not the case. Take the New York Times coverage of the latest Israeli war on Gaza as an example. Its article on 6 August, “Israel-Gaza Fighting Flares for a Second Day” is the typical mainstream western reporting on Israel and Palestine, but with a distinct NYT flavour.
  • TAGHREED ALI: « Palestinians claim social media crackdown following latest Gaza war » (Al-Monitor, Aug 18, 2022): click here!
    A fierce attack has been launched on Palestinian social media content, as dozens of accounts of Palestinian activists, journalists and media institutions have been restricted and deleted in the past year and after the latest Israeli war on Gaza.
  • James NORTH: « Biased, dishonest coverage of Israel’s attack on Gaza continues in NPR, ‘NYTimes’ » (Mondoweiss, Aug 9, 2022): click here!
    Once again, the U.S. mainstream media is missing -- or covering up -- a central reason that Israel carried out a preemptive attack on Gaza, killing 46 people, including 16 children.
  • Pauline HOFMANN: « Répondre aux attaques ? Je n’ai pas le temps » (LeSoir, 21 juin 2022): click here!
    Francesca Albanese est depuis deux mois la nouvelle rapporteuse spéciale de l’ONU pour les Territoires palestiniens occupés. Ce mandat est l’un des plus sensibles des Nations unies.
  • James NORTH: « ‘NYT’ probe into killing of Shireen Abu Akleh is 6 weeks late — and not enough » (Mondoweiss, June 20, 2022): click here!
    The New York Times finally concludes that the bullet that killed Shireen Abu Akleh “was fired from the approximate position of an Israeli military vehicle." Just like everyone else said!
  • « Mainstream media slammed for sanitising Israel's racist, ultra-nationalist march » (MEMo, May 31, 2022): click here!
    Sections of the mainstream media, including the BBC, have come under fire for "sanitising" Israel's extremely racist and highly provocative flag march in occupied Jerusalem at the weekend.
  • Michel GEVERS, "Le boycott de l’Afrique du Sud: quelles leçons pour la lutte contre l’apartheid en Israël? " (Le Soir, le 7 mai, 2022): clicquez-ici!
    Le récent rapport d’Amnesty International (AI) accusant Israël de pratiquer l’apartheid a frappé l’opinion publique du monde entier. La raison en est que cette organisation de 10 millions de membres est connue pour son sérieux et sa prudence, et que ce rapport est le résultat de quatre années d’enquête. Outre AI, bien d’autres organisations ont dénoncé les crimes d’apartheid et de persécution de l’État d’Israël envers la population palestinienne...


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