Western media and the Gaza war. Professional lapses sparked an "uprising of anger" among journalists.

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Afrasianet - Since the start of the war on Gaza, Western governments have ridiculed press institutions as soldiers in a camp to launch missiles that destroy the human mind by falsifying facts and spreading lies in the field of war.

During the Gaza war, the Western media showed a state of decadence and severe lying in dealing with the news until it reached the stage of falsifying facts and lying to followers and viewers, often violating professional controls and impartiality to show double Western standards on more than one occasion.

Since the beginning of the war, the West has been involved with its leaders and media in several failures that revealed blind bias, as the British newspaper The Guardian abandoned the famous cartoonist Steve Bell, after a 40-year business trip, for drawing a cartoon that the newspaper's management considered offensive to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and resembles between him and the Jewish moneylender Shylock, the hero of the Venetian merchant theater, to Shakespeare.

The Guardian's decision came hours after the publication of the drawing showing Netanyahu performing surgery on his abdomen that forms pieces in the Gaza Strip lines, according to the BBC.

Steve Bell, the Israeli prime minister, is seen preparing for surgery on his abdomen wearing boxing gloves, where the outline of the Gaza Strip can be seen with the words "Gazans... Get out now," he said, referring to Netanyahu's evacuation order for Gaza residents.

Bell, who has worked with The Guardian for more than 40 years, said the cartoons had stirred up the newspaper's management, and continued in a post on the "X" platform: "Just to clarify, I submitted the cartoon around 11 a.m., and it is probably the oldest cartoon ever, but after 4 hours on the train to Liverpool, I received an ominous phone call from the office containing a strangely vague message with the phrase 'pound of meat'" in it, referring to the latest drawing.

"The phrase 'pound of meat' may be a reference to Shylock, the Jewish moneylender in Shakespeare's play The Merchant of Venice."

Before the Guardian incident, the BBC opened an investigation into journalists and media professionals affiliated with it for supporting the Palestinian cause and defending resistance factions.

The BBC said it was "urgently investigating" allegations that several of its reporters praised the attacks on Israel on social media, after multiple figures from its Arabic channel said Israeli civilian casualties should not be considered innocent civilians.

The blatant bias was not limited to the Western press and media, of course, but even senior officials began to spread lies in an attempt to justify their shameful stances of supporting Israel in its war on the Palestinians.

From the first moments of Operation Al-Aqsa Flood, the United States adopted the usual position of fully supporting Israel and sending military aid to the victory in the form of two aircraft carriers, special forces and other weapons that the Jewish state immediately requested.

In a speech to the Jewish community, US President Joe Biden said that Americans should see what was happening, and that he could not imagine "seeing terrorists beheading children." "This attack was a campaign of pure cruelty, not just hatred against the Jewish people."

But the White House was forced to retract Biden's statement, and an administration official came out to say on CNN that these statements were based on "allegations" by Israeli officials and local media reports.

Biden and U.S. officials have not seen the images and have not independently verified the allegations, the official said.

But the absence of neutrality and professionalism from the coverage of many Western media of the Al-Aqsa flood operation and the unprecedented war waged by the Israeli occupation on Gaza, did not stop at the limit of bias towards the Israeli narrative, and the attempt to spread media disinformation in a way that many see as systematic, but even reached to "silen" some voices that do not identify with this line.

The most prominent example of this is what the American network "MSNBC" did, when it arrested 3 of its most prominent Muslim broadcasters a few days ago.

Sources confirmed that Mahdi Hassan, Ayman Mohieddin and Ali Falshi have been quietly removed from their posts as broadcasters since the Palestinian resistance attack on Israel.

Also in America, sports reporter Jackson Frank was fired from the Philly Voice news site, which he recently joined after he wrote on the X website "I always stand in solidarity with Palestine," and the site responded by dismissing him.

More than 750 journalists from dozens of media outlets signed an open letter condemning Israel's killing of journalists in Gaza and criticizing Western media coverage of the war.

The letter, which said newsrooms were responsible for the inhumane language that was used to justify the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians, is the latest in a series of impassioned mass statements grounded in the U.S. reaction to Israel's war on Gaza.

While writers, artists, scientists and academics have criticized media coverage of the conflict, the recent speech, which included signatories from Reuters, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe and the Washington Post, is characterized by exposing divisions and frustrations within newsrooms.

For some journalists, signing the letter is a bold or risky move. Journalists have been expelled from some newsrooms for adopting public policy positions that could expose them to accusations of bias.

But the organizers of the latest speech argue that it is a call to recommit to integrity, not to abandon it.

Abdullah Fayyad, a former Boston Globe editorial board member who was shortlisted for the 2022 Pulitzer Prize and who signed the letter, said he hoped the speech was a response to the culture of fear on the issue. He added: And that decision-makers, journalists and editors-in-chief think twice about the language they use.

Sohana Hussain, a Los Angeles Times reporter who signed the letter, said it was only about asking journalists to do their job and holding the authorities accountable.

The letter says journalists should use words such as apartheid, ethnic cleansing and genocide to describe Israel's treatment of Palestinians.

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