Tim King, Executive News Editor of the US website Salem-News.com, vows
to continue highlighting the plight of the Palestinian people and the
brutality of their Israeli oppressors, following a relentless attack and
false accusations of “anti-Semitism” by a pro-Israel bigot.
"False accusations of anti-Semitism are easily dismissed by those who
know us; for those who don't, the only thing we're guilty of is honest
reporting on a very hard topic." – Tim King
People who are dialled into the news know that Israel struck the people
of Gaza during the winter of 2008-09 in an unprecedented military attack
called "Operation Cast Lead" that killed more than 1,400 people, primarily
civilians, including over 340 children.
Salem-News.com has been under attack
in recent days in every imaginable public setting because we tell the truth
about Israel's military tactics and oppression of the Palestinians.
"Gaza in plain language" by Joe Mowery – see: See the
original article by Anthony Lawson
The person attacking us claims
that photos shown of Palestinian children killed in Gaza are "forged", even
though there are more published online than anyone could count.
have said it a thousand times and I will say again now, that we engage this
subject for the sake of humanity. We do not believe that any group has the
right to subjugate, imprison or eliminate another group of people.
are accused of something that is utterly false; we are accused of being
anti-Semitic, when the only thing we do is report from the perspective of
the oppressed, unarmed, poverty stricken, hungry and tired people of Gaza.
We care because these people are under fire.
In fact, there is
great diversity among the Salem-News.com team of 52 writers. Almost, if not
every race is represented. We have multiple writers of each of the three
major religions – Christianity, Judaism and Islam – and we have writers who
are not religious at all.
I spent a long time on the telephone on 10
May with a rabbi who is a member of J
Street and other peace groups, and this is an individual who does not
deny the outrageous and unacceptable treatment of Palestinians.
However, he told me nuance has a great deal to do with it, and he strongly
believes that using terms like "racist Zionist" is counterproductive. He
also believes that any analogies comparing the suffering of the Palestinians
with that of the Jews during World War II "borders on anti-Semitic".
I want to say that this was a good conversation, but I am sad that, in the
end, it is all about the spoken words; the delivery of the message more than
the message itself.
Real images of Gaza
But I give this rabbi
credit, and I give credit to all people who believe that every human
deserves an equal chance. I think his biggest point to me was that if we are
going to cause people to open their eyes, we have to be selective with the
descriptions we offer. I give merit to his point, regardless of whether I
To those unfortunate people who have been drawn into the snare of an
individual who has been viciously attacking us for two days by writing to
our advertisers and stating untruths, I apologize. I hope they all
understand that there is a machine in place that attacks us if we criticize
Israeli policy. We will never stop; we are going to greatly increase our
efforts. That is the one single guaranteed result of the attack.
I will bear in mind the conversation with the rabbi, though I make no
promises, because I am not the person or people treating others with a
heartless nature – the Israel Defence Forces do that. Some day they will
have to stop.
Today, every week, unarmed protesters are attacked by
Israeli forces because they demonstrate for peace. We have shown this over
and over, and sooner or later everyone will eventually see it. Some day
Salem-News.com won't be the only news group carrying these stories and
conveying their relative level of importance, but we have become a central
point between well-written blog posts and commentary and the mainstream news
world. Every day we hear from more people, and we will keep moving it in
front of the eyes of our readers, because this is the information age and
the people who commit illegal actions are on the record more than ever.
Bear in mind that it was a Jewish judge called Richard Goldstone who
investigated Gaza on behalf of the United Nations. It is he who declared
that war crimes had taken place, and it is Barack Obama and the Israeli
prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, who ultimately blocked it from being
How is complaining about illegal warfare and
oppression anti-Semitism? It is not. Yet that is the charge of the
individual who has relentlessly emailed our advertisers, churches and
synagogues, our writers and far more. This individual has brought the team
together from our distant locations like never before.
He calls us
Israel bashers, when all we oppose is the violence and oppression. We love
Jewish people and would defend them the same way. If the Israelis were
penned behind walls and surrounded by Palestinians, who believe, because of
their religion, that the whole place was theirs, and that the Jews had to
live under separate apartheid laws, then baby, we would be only on the side
of the Israelis.
Tim King is Executive News Editor of
Salem-News.com, a locally-owned news
service for Salem, Oregon's capital city, and its surrounding region. A
former US Marine, Tim King has 20 years of experience on the US west coast
as a television news producer, photo-journalist, reporter and assignment
editor. He spent the winter of 2006-07 covering the war in Afghanistan, and
he was in Iraq during the summer of 2008, reporting from the war while
embedded with both the US Army and the Marines.