One day in the Moscow Zoo, a little boy leaned too far over the railings of the lion enclosure – and fell into the lion’s cage! As the fierce lion circled the terrified child, a passer-by quickly leapt into the enclosure, swatted the lion out of the way, scooped up the boy, and scrambled with him back up to safety, rescuing the child.A journalist happened to be passing and saw the whole thing. “That was amazing!” he said to the man: “You’re a hero! I have to write about you – what’s your name?” “Mordechai Greenberg” replied the man. “Ah, a Jew,” muttered the journalist as he turned away.The next morning, Mordechai’s picture was on the front page of the newspaper – under the headline “Zionist steals lunch from hungry Russian lion”!
Reporting the Har Nof Massacre
Why the Distortion
What You Can Do
- Educate yourself. Read Israeli magazines and newspapers; enjoy Israeli books and films. Perhaps even plan a visit to the Jewish state. The more comfortable you are talking about Israel the better equipped you’ll be at challenging biases and misleading reportage.
- Don’t be afraid to speak out. Newspapers and news agencies respond to readers’ comments. When you see an example of bias, take the time to make a call or send an e-mail to say how you feel. Organizations such as www.honestreporting.com and www.camera.org can help you formulate your thoughts and comments so they’ll be heard.
- Cultivate your own pride. There’s not better advocate for the Jewish state than someone who is proud to be Jewish. Reach out to your fellow Jews and Jewish community to gain knowledge and support as you speak out for Israel and against biased reporting.