Star’s ‘sub­lim­i­nal’ head­lines slated

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Allan Wol­man

THERE were two head­lines in The Star (June 27), one read­ing “Is­rael is de­port­ing more SA Chris­tians” and the other on the editorial page stat­ing “Noth­ing but the truth will do”. For the vast ma­jor­ity of this news­pa­per’s read­ers, the Is­raeli-Pales­tinian is­sue is of lit­tle in­ter­est but, when read­ing a news­pa­per, one glances at the head­lines which are de­signed to tell the story with­out read­ing the en­tire piece.

This is not the first time this pa­per has used “sub­lim­i­nal” head­lines to in­vert facts de­signed to tell a dif­fer­ent tale. In the first in­stance, the re­port on Is­rael de­port­ing SA Chris­tians tells the reader that Is­rael is de­port­ing hun­dreds if not thou­sands of Chris­tians. How­ever, for those read­ing be­yond the head­line we see that only 20 peo­ple have been de­ported over a pe­riod of 10 years. Not only is this mis­lead­ing in the ex­treme – yes, 2 peo­ple de­ported per year – but more mis­lead­ing in­so­much as the re­port fails to de­tail just how hos­tile the SACC has been towards Is­rael – yet Is­rael has tol­er­ated hun­dreds of mem­bers of this or­gan­i­sa­tion over the years.

The sec­ond head­line, “Noth­ing but the truth will do”, goes on to say that dis­in­for­ma­tion, mis­in­for­ma­tion and hate speech can be dis­as­trous, yet this news­pa­per­con­tin­ues to ped­dle dis­in­for­ma­tion, mis­in­for­ma­tion and hate speech against Is­rael al­most daily.

The ar­ti­cle men­tioned above clearly states that both Richard Gold­stein and Arch­bishop Tutu were barred from en­ter­ing Is­rael. I stand cor­rected, but a quick search of Google can find no such in­stances. If the au­thor of this piece were a bit more hon­est, per­haps some fac­tual statis­tics – read­ily avail­able to the ed­i­tors of this news group – of the de­cline of the Chris­tian pop­u­la­tion from the West Bank and Gaza com­pared to the in­crease of that same pop­u­la­tion in Is­rael over the past 10 years (could be in­cluded). Rose­bank

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