In Support of Bypassing Pro-Zionist Israeli News Sources

In the spirit of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, which advocates economic opposition to the ongoing Israeli occupation of Palestine — and which the Industrial Workers of the World endorsed in 2010 — the IWW Freelance Journalists Union advocates that news producers and consumers bypass pro-Zionist Israeli news websites as much as is practical.

First and foremost, this means prioritizing Palestinians as sources on their own struggle against the ongoing Israeli genocide in Gaza and the occupation of Palestine more broadly. The amount of biased reporting and blatant disinformation coming from pro-Zionist news sources in Israel — and from some of the most-read legacy media institutions — requires that journalists who stand in solidarity with Palestinians aspire to new heights of scrutiny and critical analysis.

In the current context of the Israeli military intentionally targeting Palestinian journalists and suppressing telecommunications into and out of Gaza — while also regularly preventing international journalists from accessing the territory — Israeli news websites are the sources most readily available. These same sources are also those most often cited by international outlets, despite clear conflicts of interest and growing evidence of pro-Zionist lies being reported by such outlets.

In order to prevent pro-Zionist Israeli news outlets from capitalizing on these dire circumstances, the IWW FJU advocates that both news producers and consumers attempt to access such sources via bypass tools that will deny them traffic and therefore revenue, such as the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine.

The IWW FJU stands with Palestinian journalists and the Palestinian people. As always, we echo the motto of the IWW: An injury to one is an injury to all!

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