SFI: Lizzie Dearden in "Independent" smears Israel - based on hearsay alone. She was never there in the Bedouin village
The story is credited to Lizzie Dearden. On her 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 for The Independent shows reports on stories from Paris, London and South East Asia all within a one day time frame. Put simply, .
Having established that Lizzie Dearden was not in Israel, where then did she get this story from? The entire package is supplied by the (NCF), a non-governmental organization whose political advocacy is profiled by :
- Submits to the United Nations 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.
Dearden’s story includes an embedded YouTube video produced and uploaded by the , another radical anti-Israel organization. According to the AIC 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 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 .
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 smears Israel, reporting on a Bedouin village in the Negev as if personally having been there