In the Guardian, Palestinians ‘Claim’ While Israelis ‘Count’

Halim writes in over the Guardian’s blatantly biased language in its coverage a week ago:

It is the second time in 2 days that the UK Guardian and its correspondent Ian Black have repeated the same claim without proof.  They say:

“Palestinians claim 1,400 were killed, mostly civilians; Israel counted 1,166 dead, the majority of them combatants.”

“Palestinians claim 1,400 people, mostly civilians, were killed in the three-week offensive. Israel counted 1,166 dead, the majority combatants. Israel insists it acted in self-defence against Hamas rocket attacks from Gaza.”

How can it be that the Palestinians only claim but Israel counts? Where is the proof of this “counting”? Please EMAIL ian.black@guardian.co.uk and ian.cobain@guardian.co.uk and ask them this.

Note: Ian Black’s son reportedly serves in the Israeli military. Readers might want to ask Guardian editors if this is true, and if it does not constitute a conflict of interest.

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4 thoughts on “In the Guardian, Palestinians ‘Claim’ While Israelis ‘Count’”

  1. I have come to expect nothing less than biased (against the Palestinians) reporting from any main steam media.
    Sent an email to Black.

    Robbo

  2. Excellent work: This article was amended on Wednesday 23 December 2009 to clarify the details of the dispute over the number of people killed in the Gaza offensive.

    Was just about to send an e-mail myself. :-)

  3. fantastic job of picking up on the simple yet devastating binary that pretty much sums up the dynamics of power between palestine – israel. those who claim are those whose utterances, alongside their intentions, losses and rights, are always in question. dismal stuff.

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