In the first paragraph, we immediately spot many cases of bias:
"The protest was following the recent ceasefire from the Israelis and was held outside the UMASS student center where we were met by a prominent number of Zionists. The reason I used the word Zionist rather than Jewish was because the members who were present were from a student Zionist Organization. The participants of the Palestinian protest were of mixed races; there were several Arabs, many non-Arabs, and to my surprise, a group of Jewish students. Were they on the wrong side? Had they mistaken the group?"Right away we see that the Israelis ceased fire. This is technically true as Palestinian terrorist groups have continue to attack Israelis living in the south, but I don't think that is what Asra meant. I would wager that she meant that one day the Israelis started attacking the Palestinians for no reason and then recently ceased attacking the Palestinians for no reason. The Palestinians never were firing at all. If she would like to come on the blog and tell me that I am mistaken, she can feel free to do so.
Secondly, the bias about how she describes the protesters is hilarious and incredibly transparent. She uses the dehumanizing label "Zionist" to describe people she doesn't like but not "anti-Zionists" or "pro-Palestinians." Furthermore, she describes the races of the anti-Zionists but not the Zionists. Why is that? Could it be because she knows that there were also mixed races on the other side, but is trying to literally whitewash her opponents through lying by omission? Does she think that we will believe that there are no Jews who are part of the Zionist organization?
(Here's something else interesting: on the original version of the article, when she says "Zionists," she links to Jews against Zionism. The Huffington Post didn't go quite that far I suppose So I think it's fairly obvious that her biases are doing the reporting here, not the person.)
What this is known as is "Jew washing." Jews that are anti-Israel are given more weight and attention, as if being Jewish makes their opinion matter more only when they side with the author. Jews that are pro-Israel are simply ignored, and this article is a perfect example of both. Notice also how Asra never tells us how many Jews are protest for "Palestine," just that there is a "group" of them. A group can be anywhere from three to three hundred. Anyway the Jew washing continues with more bias:
"These students regarded themselves as being Jewish, as opposed to Zionist. She was disgusted with the works of the Zionist terrorist groups and wanted peace for Israel."Leaving aside the "opposed to Zionist," she is actually saying two different things here. Just because someone wants peace for Israel doesn't make them non-Zionist. It's highly likely that the students in the Zionist organization also want peace for Israel. I have a feeling that Asra doesn't actually know what a Zionist is, and she will prove that later on. Anyway, what "Zionist terrorist groups" is she referring to? I doubt that anyone there is old enough to be alive during the tumultuous years of the 1940s when Zionist terrorist groups were active. So what "works" is she referring to specifically? One would hope that she actually asked the students there, as she is claiming to speak for them, but it isn't coming off that way. If she is using some kind of weasel words to refer to Israel's military, then she is even more dishonest than I thought. But let's move on, and just chalk this down as another case of bias.
"The protesters were chanting "peace for Palestine" and "stop the ceasefire," whilst the Zionists were campaigning for Israel shouting, "Palestine is not even a real state."Now I don't know whether or not this is true, as I wasn't there. But I've been to a protest or two in my time and never in my entire life have I heard "pro-Palestinian" protesters chant "peace for Palestine." A youtube search reveals only counter demonstrators at Al-Quds day chanting it. So I'm not saying that she isn't telling the truth, but let's ask ourselves: If they were chanting "from the river to the sea Palestine will be free" do you really think that Asra would tell us? Let's not be disingenuous shall we?
On the other hand, I wonder if that's a Freudian slip that Asra reports them saying "stop the ceasefire?" Wouldn't people who want peace be glad that there's a ceasefire? Maybe she can educate us further about what was really going on there. And as for the Zionists, again: if they were chanting "stop the rockets" or "pro-Israel pro peace" (both of which I have seen at pro-Israel rallies) do you think Asra would tell us? Hell no, that's obvious by now. Anyway, it's story time!
"My friend, who had invited me to the protest, is from the Gaza strip and lives with her family in a refugee camp. She is a student at Mount Holyoke College and was asked to tell her story at the protest. She was dressed in jeans and a coat. As soon as she began to reveal her story, she was interrupted by a man who appeared to be in his late 30s and shouted "Is that how a refugee dresses?" I was disgusted with the ignorance and prejudice I had just witnessed."What is ignorant and prejudiced about pointing out the fact that Palestinians have milked their refugee status for years? Why is a college student a "refugee" from a war that took place decades years before she was born? Would any other young person be able to get away with that kind of thing if they weren't a member of the chosen Palestinian race? The Palestinians are refugees because they choose to be, and "Zionists" have every right to call them out on it. There's nothing ignorant or prejudiced about the truth, no matter how much Asra doesn't want to hear it.
She then tells a story about an argument with what she calls "an ignorant, uneducated Zionist," thus proving her impartiality. One of the points the guy made is that the Palestinians don't have a national anthem, which is dumb, but doesn't make him either ignorant or uneducated, just mistaken. She then remarks on how protests are pointless, which supposedly was the whole subject of the article, thrown in at the end. For the record I actually agree that protests are pretty pointless especially after the fighting has already ceased. But let's conclude the way she does:
"Whilst I enjoy being part of political rallies, campaigns and events, protests are insignificant unless they have prominent publicity and become a political statement. And for any ignorant Zionists out there, do enjoy the Palestinian national anthem."Notice how almost every time she uses the word "Zionist" it's paired with an insult. But as for the national anthem: here's the problem. She links to a Youtube video with "English subtitles" that are completely different from the actual Palestinian national anthem that includes such peaceful lyrics as
"With my determination, my fire and the volcano of my vendetta....I have climbed the mountains and fought the wars"It also includes references to being a fedayeen, i.e. a "martyr."
"With the resolve of the winds and the fire of the weapons...Palestine is my fire, Palestine is my vendetta...By my land and nation, and the fire of pain"
But even Asra's version, wherever it came from, wasn't so peaceful. Especially these lyrics:
"The youth will not tire, 'til your independence. Or they die."And the guy who posted her video remarked at the end:
"We will drink from death. And will not be to our enemies."
"The sword and the pen not the talk and the quarrel...are our symbols, are our symbols."
"O behold you in your eminence: victorious over your enemies."
"Palestine will regain it`s hounor and Jerusalm will be the capital and Al Aqsa will be in no longer danger and the world will see that israel will have to pay for all his deeds painfully.INSHAHLLAH"I'm glad to see that the Huffington Post is going back to its roots.