Stephanie Convery, deputy culture editor of Guardian Australia, penned an article about efforts to boycott the upcoming Eurovision event in Tel Aviv (Australia’s Eurovision hopefuls and SBS face pressure to boycott event in Israel, Feb 7) which included the following accusation:
In May 2018, former senator Lee Rhiannon questioned SBS’s then managing director Michael Ebeid over planned coverage for the 2019 event, particularly in the wake of the massacre of Palestinian civilians in Gaza in May.
Such charges at the Guardian are nothing new, and in fact arguably reflects the official position of the media group as expressed in an editorial last month on the Gaza “protests” that included the simply risible accusation that the IDF has been “killing” unarmed slogan-shouting Palestinians who “posed no credible threat”.
However, based on the Guardian article embedded in the sentence where Convery makes her claim, it’s clear this ‘massacre of civilians’ took place during riots on May 14th, 2018. However, as we informed the journalist via a tweet, a Hamas official the following day acknowledged that 50 of the 62 Palestinians reported killed that day were in fact Hamas members.
Another three were identified as Islamic Jihad members, which means that 85% of those killed that day were combatants. These numbers are consistent with an examination by Meir Amit Terrorism and Information Center revealing that most of the rioters killed between March 30th and Jan. 14th were similarly operatives of terror groups.
Guardian editors have thus far failed to respond to our complaint.