All The News We Didn’t Print
Jewish Voice for Peace-New York and Jews Say No! parody the New York Times to call attention to biased media coverage of Palestine/Israel
As one of the leading sources for news in the United States and in the world, the New York Times has a duty to its readers to provide fair, balanced, and fact-based coverage. When it comes to reporting on Israel/Palestine, the Times, as well as other news organizations, falls short.
WATCH a two-minute video here about JVP-NYC and JSN!’s parody New York Times.
From JVP-NYC and JSN!:
We created a paper that reflects the news we believe needs and deserves to be reported: news that is accurate and fairly reflects the realities, conditions and context of Palestine and Israel. The parts that are parody envision what could be if reporting and policy changed, but the facts on the ground about Israel and Palestine are accurate. The Times, as well as other news outlets/organizations have a responsibility to report on current events within the context of accelerating state and settler violence against Palestinians under Israel’s brutal military occupation, settlement expansion, and rampant discrimination and inequality inside Israel.
Our website, Twitter account and Facebook page have been suspended – but the conversation isn’t over. You can find the new website here. We will continue to demand media that is fair and honest, and coverage that makes visible what is really happening is Palestine and Israel. Let’s continue the conversation. Find us at facebook.com/JVPNY and on Twitter at @JVPlivenyc. Write to us at: JewsSayNo@gmail.com & firstname.lastname@example.org.
Democracy Now: Jewish Peace Groups Reveal Role in Spoof New York Times That Criticized Paper’s Stance on Israel (February 3, 2016)
Alternet: Thousands of Fake Copies of the New York Times Hit NYC Streets Reimagining Paper as Balanced on Palestine (February 3, 2016)
Jerusalem Post: Pro-Palestinians create parody ‘New York Times’ to slam ‘pro-Israel bias’ (February 2, 2016)
The Forward: Jewish Voice for Peace Takes Credit for Israel-Bashing Fake New York Times (February 3, 2016)
Jewish Telegraphic Agency: Jewish Voice for Peace takes credit for fake anti-Israel New York Times (February 3, 2016)
USA Today: Fake ‘Times’ distributed in NYC and on Web (February 2, 2015)
The Independent: Anti-Israel campaign hands out fake New York Times newspaper across city (February 2, 2016)
New York Jewish Week: Fake NY Times ‘Supplement’ Trashes Israel (February 2, 2015)
Mondoweiss: Parody New York Times ‘supplement’ criticizing paper’s coverage of Israel/Palestine distributed on streets of NYC (February 2, 2016)
Original Press Release:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Parody New York Times highlights biased coverage on Israel/Palestine
(February 3, 2016)–Ten thousand copies of a special supplement of The New York Times focused on Israel and Palestine were distributed across NYC yesterday, while thousands of on-line versions made their way across the internet. The special supplement, which was a parody, includes such articles as “Congress to Debate US Aid to Israel” and “In the Footsteps of Mandela and King: A Non-Violent Movement Gains Ground Ten Years On,” as well as an editorial, “Our New Editorial Policy: Rethinking Israel-Palestine.”
Created by members of Jewish Voice for Peace New York (JVP NY) and Jews Say No!, (JSN), two NYC organizations devoted to justice in Palestine and Israel, the paper was created to “point out how biased current reporting is on Israel and Palestine and to show what a paper that was fair and accurate could look like,” according to JSN member Alan Levine, one of the paper’s writers.
“As a leading source for news in the United States and in the world, The New York Times has a responsibility to its readers to provide fair, balanced, and fact-based coverage. Our paper reflects the news that we wish The Times and other papers would report,” says Candace Graff, one of the organizers of the action from JVP NY. “It includes the context and facts too often missing from The New York Times and other U.S. media outlets.”
The articles highlight Israel’s ongoing policies of military occupation, displacement, and oppression, and “facts on the ground,” such as settlement expansion, the rise in settler violence, discriminatory anti-democratic laws targeting Palestinian citizens of Israel, and the increase of right-wing voices in the Knesset. “These are all subjects that deserve to be covered and reported on,” Graff added. In a nod towards how U.S. policy on Israel might change if the mainstream media reported fairly on the continuing human rights abuses against Palestinians, the paper includes an editorial that calls on Congress to condition further Israeli military aid on compliance with the Leahy Law, which forbids U.S. military aid to foreign units that have committed human rights abuses.
The two groups will release a brief video about the action tomorrow (2/4) that includes footage of the group distributing the paper on the streets of NYC. Jane Hirschmann, a member of Jews Say No!, and Ben Norton, a writer at Salon who first revealed the creators of the paper, discussed media bias around Israel/Palestine on Democracy Now this morning (2/3). The faux paper’s domain and twitter account were suspended, but can be viewed here and here.
Editors: Elly Bulkin, Nina Felshin, Donna Nevel, Rosalind Petchesky
Designer, print edition: Sarah Sills
Designer, online edition: Asa Diebolt
Production, Online edition: Talia Baurer
Writers: Gordon Beeferman, Brandon Davis, Candace Graff, Alan Levine, Aurora Levins Morales, Donna Nevel, Rosalind Petchesky, Ellen Ross, Lynn Lopez Salzedo, Carl Schieren, Irene Siegel, Pamela Sporn
Copyeditor: Dorothy Zellner
Videographers: Rona Merrill, Pam Sporn
Media team: Beth Miller, Donna Nevel
Distribution coordinators: Candace Graff, Jane Hirschmann
A large group of volunteers distributed the papers across the city.
The New York City chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace is part of a national, grassroots organization inspired by Jewish tradition to work for a just and lasting peace according to principles of human rights, equality, and international law for all the people of Israel and Palestine. Jewish Voice for Peace has over 200,000 online supporters, over 60 chapters, a youth wing, a Rabbinic Council, an Artist Council, and Academic Advisory Council, and an Advisory Board made up of leading U.S. intellectuals and artists. Jews Say No!, based in NYC, engages in community education, street theatre, and organizing, and makes their voices heard within the Jewish community and as partners in the broader movement for justice in Palestine/Israel.