Friday, November 25, 2011

Did a Reuters journalist sign petition calling on Israeli soldiers not to serve in the territories and to "evacuate" Jewish settlements?

A few days ago, a visitor left a comment drawing our attention to an Israeli online petition calling on IDF soldiers not to serve in the disputed territories of Judea and Samaria (the "West Bank") and for Israel to "evacuate" (a euphemism for ethnic cleansing) Jews living there.  The name appearing as signature number 40016 on the petition is "Maayan Lubell".  Coincidentally, Maayan Lubell is also the name of one of Reuters Jerusalem Bureau correspondents.   

That Lubell has amply demonstrated her anti-Israel bona fides in story after story she has written for Reuters; focusing exclusively on a handful of incidents of alleged Jewish vandalism while entirely ignoring hundreds of Palestinian Arab terror attacks against Jews; attempting to conceal the fact that it was only in defense of his own life that a Jewish settler had shot two Palestinians; and lying about the nature of the Turkish flotilla last year where Israeli marines were nearly lynched.

In its Handbook of Journalism, Reuters asserts that it asks all staff to "park" their politics at the door.  Many Reuters correspondents however, much prefer to parade their politics.  The question is, given Reuters much ballyhooed commitment to freedom from bias, why do agency managers put up with it?

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