By Aziz Abu Sarah
An Associate Press article published on Haaretz and NPR related the following information: “The Christian population in the West Bank and Gaza have been dwindling for decades. Many have left for economic reasons and Muslim pressure.”
However, this statement is unsupported by sources or evidence. In fact, according to a survey by Zogby International, “While the Christians of Bethlehem overwhelmingly (78%) blame the exodus of Christians from the town on Israel’s blockade, Americans are more likely (45.9%) to blame it on Islamic politics and are reluctant (7.4%) to blame Israel.” (click here to read more about the survey)
In addition, AP omits important information regarding the Palm Sunday celebrations that occurred in Jerusalem this weekend. Christian leaders in Bethlehem complained about their inability to reach an agreement with the Israeli Military to allow Palestinian Christians to come to Jerusalem for Palm Sunday and Easter. (read more) Meanwhile, Palestinian Muslims demonstrated with the Christian community and many of them were arrested in peaceful demonstrations on Sunday. (read more)
The AP version of events is misleading and disregards the facts on the ground.
I believe we should hold journalism to a higher standard of professionalism and not allow the opinion of the writers to change actual facts. Anything less is a disgrace to professional journalism.