Rula Jebreal — an Italian/Israeli journalist — appeared with Geraldo Rivera on Fox “News” Saturday to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian crisis, and spoke to the elephant in the room: Fox’s lack of “fair and balanced” reporting on the Middle East.
She noted that in this country we see the problem almost exclusively through the eyes of the Israelis, while hearing very little from the Palestinian viewpoint. Our news outlets speak to Israeli officials almost every day, yet rarely do they ever interview a Palestinian official.
Asked by Geraldo to defend her assertion that American news coverage of events in Gaza and the West Bank is biased Jebreal said:
“It’s very simple, look at not only how much air time we give Israeli officials versus Palestinian officials we don’t challenge Israeli positions, not on their narrative, we don’t challenge on the failing policies.”
She went on to say that we must talk to the Israelis and ask them if they are willing to accept a Palestinian state, and what they would propose doing with all of the Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. Jebreal then added that the way to eliminate extremism is by recognizing what it is that the Palestinian people want and giving it to them.
What they want is a state of their own, one that is not trod upon by the heavy boots of the Israeli military.
Then Jebreal confounded Geraldo with an obvious question, and sadly one that most of us could answer with relative assurance we are correct:
“How many people here on Fox News are of Arab descent?”
“I don’t know,” he replied.
Jebreal was willing to help him out with the answer saying, “I’ll tell you: zero.” She went on to tell him that until this bias is corrected, and we begin to question the Israelis on their policies — and listen to the Palestinians’ viewpoints — the extremists will remain in control, and the death and destruction will continue.
Jebreal slams Geraldo.
Watch the Jebreal’s and Geraldo’s exchange in the video below.
h/t: Mediaite. Featured photo: Screen grab from Fox.