Wednesday, January 20, 2016

WashPost graphic leaves out 856,000 Jewish refugees

The Washington Post has twice refused to correct a graphic it published in December 2015 on refugee movements in recent history. The graphic leaves out the mass exodus of more than 800,000 Jews from Arab countries, one of the largest of refugee movements from the Arab world prior to the Iraqi insurgency and Syrian civil war. The media watchdog CAMERA charges that, by its omission, The Washington Post is helping to  'push a narrative that erases the history, and possible future, of a more pluralistic Middle East'. 
The Jewish refugees, remembered by Irish4Israel, but forgotten by the mainstream Washington Post
 
In an act more reminiscent of magician Harry Houdini than a major U.S. newspaper, The Washington Post omitted—and refused to correct—nearly one million Jewish refugees from Arab lands in its infographic “A visual guide to 75 years of major refugee crises around the world” (Dec. 21, 2015).

The graphic, claiming to provide a “brief guide to the major refugee events in recent history,” offers short descriptions of various refugee crises throughout the last 75 years. The displacement of persons from World War II to the ongoing Syrian civil war are noted as “major” events. Inexplicably, the more than 800,000 Jewish refugees who fled Arab lands in the Middle East and North Africa in the period following Israel's War for Independence seemingly does not qualify.
No mention is made of the plight of Jews forced to flee countries or territories, including Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Aden (now part of Yemen).

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2 comments:

Eliyahu m'Tsiyon said...

shocking omission by the WaPo. But there is a sort of effort or endeavor to prevent Americans from knowing history. And the WAPO is part of the effort which also takes in the new york times.

By the Way, a synagogue in Istanbul was vandalized:
http://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Turkish-synagogue-vandalized-following-first-prayer-service-held-in-65-years-442130

Selina said...

More ignoramus reporting