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Sunday, 1 June 2014

SFI: Lizzie Dearden in "Independent" smears Israel - based on hearsay alone but she was never there in the Bedouin village

Once again see how the press deceives the public. Stories from Paris, London and South East Asia all within a one day time frame. Put simply, she is not reporting from the Negev region of Israel.

SFI: Lizzie Dearden in "Independent" smears Israel - based on hearsay alone. She was never there in the Bedouin village


A closer look at a piece “Israeli authorities ‘try to evict dead people’ from Arab village” supposedly about Israeli authorities allegedly issuing eviction orders to dead people to clear an unrecognized Bedouin village in the Negev, reveals critical flaws:

The location of the journalist

The story is credited to Lizzie Dearden. On her Twitter feed she describes herself as an “online journalist.” This means that she gathers her news from the internet and not from the actual location of the story. A look at her previous articles for The Independent shows reports on stories from Paris, London and South East Asia all within a one day time frame. Put simply, she is not reporting from the Negev region of Israel.

The source of the story

Having established that Lizzie Dearden was not in Israel, where then did she get this story from? The entire package is supplied by the Negev Coexistence Forum (NCF), a non-governmental organization whose political advocacy is profiled by NGO Monitor:

 - Active in delegitimizing Israel internationally, and one of the most active NGOsin lobbying European governments to oppose Israel’s Bedouin-Negev policies.

- Submits appeals to the United Nations calling for “world intervention to aid the Bedouin community” and identifying Israel as a “discriminate country” that denies many rights by “forced politicization” and “policy of displacement.

Dearden’s story contains no comment from any official Israeli source or any opposing viewpoints. The story’s illustrative photos have been taken and supplied by the NCF’s Michal Rotem.

More lack of credible sources

Dearden’s story includes an embedded YouTube video produced and uploaded by the Alternative Information Center, another radical anti-Israel organization. According to NGO Monitor the AIC accuses Israel of “ethnic cleansing,” “apartheid-like discrimination,” of being a “settler colonialist… intransigent, racist and militarized… regime,” and implementing a “multi-tiered system of oppression.” The AIC also promotes the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign.

Furthermore, the only other “news outlet” that has run this particular story is Russia Today a few days prior to The Independent’s piece. RT, the Kremlin’s state-funded propaganda channel is not a credible media outlet and regularly parrots anti-Israel extremists. A case in point is a tweet embedded in the RT story on the Bedouin by notorious anti-Israel activist Max Blumenthal.

A lazy excuse for journalism

Ultimately it appears that Lizzie Dearden, while trawling the internet for interesting stories, has chosen to rely on blatantly one-sided sources. She has simply repackaged a story promoted by an anti-Israel NGO without carrying out any due diligence of verification and fact-checking.

In the complexity of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, this is simply inexcusable. This is not a story involving fluffy clouds or cuddly animals. It is part of a highly politicized and multifaceted situation that deserves proper journalistic attention and not the superficial treatment of churnalism.

The end product is a piece of anti-Israel propaganda parroted by a newspaper, The Independent, too lazy or unwilling to allocate the resources for producing proper and professional journalism.

Lizzie Dearden may wish to stick to reproducing less controversial or one-sided stories in the future if she wishes to be considered a journalist rather than a churnalist.


Lizzie Dearden smears Israel, reporting on  a Bedouin village in the Negev as if personally having been there

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