Reporting on Israel

October 11, 2015 by Asher Kozma
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In June 2014 I wrote an opinion piece calling for more equal and accurate reporting of the Middle-East in Australian mainstream media, it was following an embarrassing spate of articles demonising Israel in a time when three Israeli teenagers had been kidnapped…writes Asher Kozma.

Asher Kozma

Asher Kozma

Eyal, Gilad and Naftali’s dead bodies were found shortly afterwards, and again we saw no real coverage from our media outlets.

Today, I feel as though the over 100 terrorist attacks against Israelis in the past week, including shootings, stabbings, stone throwing and vehicle ramming, is for some reason classified information in Australia. When searching the word ‘Israel’ on The Age website, the two top headlines which came up read “President Mahmoud Abbas says Palestine no longer bound by agreements with Israel” and “Wallabies fullback Israel Folau may miss clash with Wales due to injury”. Searches on the ABC and Herald Sun websites yielded similar results.

Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate good sports coverage as much as the next Australian, but Israel Folau should not have more articles published about his injury than there are reporting the violent terror against Israeli civilians.

Last week Australia experienced its own tragic attack, the Parramatta shooting. Surely at such a sensitive time Australians will truly be able to sympathise with what Israelis are living through every day, surely now is the most appropriate time to begin to at least try to report more than one side of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But no, after searching ‘Israel’, ‘terror’ and ‘stabbing’ on the websites of The Age, Herald Sun, the ABC and the Australian, I could not find one article or report about the violent attacks occurring in Israel at this moment.

Apparently the Australian public doesn’t need to know about an atrocity taking place which is supposedly over 100 times more severe than the tragedy which occurred in Parramatta last week; or perhaps Jewish lives are less newsworthy?

One of the greatest failures the mainstream media can fashion is the complete, and perhaps intentional, ignorance of an atrocity such as the one Israelis are facing currently. Well done Australian media, for managing to wipe these devastating attacks from off the radar, as if they never happened.

Asher Kozma is Mefaked of Betar Melbourne.