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Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount (Archive: 2013)

A recent perusal of mainstream media’s coverage of Israel confirms the sad truth that blatant lies, lousy or non-existent fact-checking and efforts to paint the Jewish state as evil continues unabated.

Take Newsweek, for example. Please.


A 3000 word article dated Dec. 4, written by Sarah Helm, attempts to create a female Arab victim hero. Her lengthy article, “The Young Woman at the Forefront of Jerusalem’s New Holy War,” is replete with pathos, heroism and villains. But in the process of spinning her tale, truth becomes a victim and increased hatred, not peace, is the byproduct.

First, a brief summary of Helm’s doting narrative:

Latifa, a 24 year old Palestinian Arab woman, leads her Arab sisters in their noble effort to protect their holy places from destruction by the evil Jews. In the process, they are beaten and arrested by the armed Jewish guards, but these holy women will not be deterred from their mission. They are the “mosque’s protectors,” swathed in colorful veils. Helms hopefully suggests the name: Women’s Intifada. Fade out.

In this article of 38 paragraphs, there are fewer than four which do not contain either a sloppy error, a falsehood stated as fact, or bald propaganda; sometimes all three can be found in a single paragraph.

For instance, in the very first sentence, Helm refers to the “sister mosque, the Dome of the Rock.” That building, the one with the gilded dome, is not a mosque.

Yehuda Glick is not only referred to as a “radical rabbi,” but the point-blank shooting attack on him which took place in Jerusalem, outside the Begin Center, is instead described as having occurred as he “had come to the Haram to pray.”

Which brings us to one of the most outrageous acts of propaganda by Helm.

In the second paragraph of the article, this is how she describes the area above the Western Wall, the site her Arabian heroines are sworn to defend from the Jews :

The Temple Mount, as the Haram al-Sharif is known to the Jews, is believed by them to be the location of Solomon’s Temple.


And Helm portrays these Semitic Furies as bravely shouting “allahu akhbar” at the Jews they believe are attempting to pray on the Temple Mount (yes, we’ll call it that.)

The article repeats Latifa’s claims that she was arrested for yelling that phrase, but anyone who has ever watched television news in Israel knows that people say it and shout it all the time. Only when that phrase is accompanied by violence or incitement is anyone ever arrested.

Helm gives voice and credence to the notion that there is growing “evidence” that the “recent attempts by Jews to pray near the al-Aqsa mosque shows that they are now determined to destroy it and fulfil their long-held desire to rebuild the Jewish holy temple in its place.”

Oh? The Jews are attempting to pray near al-Aqsa mosque? That is their goal? Helm points to “more evidence of a planned Jewish take-over” of the Temple Mount, pointing to the proposed law “giving Jews the right to pray on the Haram.”

And we’re only up to paragraph four.

We eventually learn that Helm’s heroine, “Latifa,” was a teacher in an Israeli school but lost her job for “‘inciting’ (Helm puts that word in quotes) pupils by telling them not to sing the Israeli national anthem, or so she tells Helm. In truth, no one in Israel is forced to sing Hatikva, a fact Helm would have learned had she engaged in any fact checking.

But now, with Helm’s assistance, Latifa has a new role. She is braver than the Muslim guards who don’t stop all the Jews who try to pray on “al Haram,” she is braver then the Israeli guards because they have weapons, but Latifa and her sisters “only have our voices.”


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Lori Lowenthal Marcus is a contributor to the A graduate of Harvard Law School, she previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools. You can reach her by email:


  1. Professional agitators and organizers work 24/7 to "get their story out there." The Oil Money that supports the Arab/Islamic cause is beyond measure. The only way to counter it is for EVERY SINGLE DECENT PERSON TO WRITE, CALL COMPLAIN to media outlets – each person must spread the truth!

  2. Just pathetic and unfortunately symptomatic of the hateful lies about Israel which have become de rigeur in the "mainstream" U.S. media.

    Not sure what best way to combat this dishonesty, bigotry, and ultimate highly unethical "journalism", but letters to Newsweek editor and online Tweets, etc. smashing Newsweek's horrible article, are good starts.
    I've done both.

  3. Sick … sick … S I C K
    ,,,what an outrageous notion: 'wanting to pray' !
    HORROR of all known horrors!
    These people are CrAzY!
    They must be deathly afraid of Jewish Prayer … it has worked for 2000 years.
    Keep it up, Beloved Israel – you're on the right path!

  4. the united states no longer has an educated population. barely literate, frighteningly ignorant and seemingly missing the frontal cortex, these are the cretins blabstering about the middle east. of course, they take chapter and verse from arab cue cards and merely reprint it. what's worse they aren't merely lazy. they are stupid.

  5. The American mainstream media has sold themselves out and are no longer credible. But not too worry, there is an underground movement afoot where those who know right and wrong are becoming educated.

  6. Sadly, the Arabs and their apologists believe in Hitler's adage that if you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes "truth". Those who wish to besmirch Israel and Jews readily accept even the most glaring lies if it denigrates Israel. By the way, hating Jews and Israel has become synonymous. As for Jews and Israel's supporters, have no fear. Israel is here to stay. The Temple Mount is ours. The Arabs are permitted to pray there. Why are we not allowed. That is racism! I look forward to the day when I can join thousands of Jews in prayer at our holy places such as the holy Temple Mount.

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