Longtime Palestinian official Hanan Ashrawi took to Twitter on June 22 to express her rejection of Jared Kushner’s $50 billion plan to help the Palestinian economy as part of the US “Peace To Prosperity” Middle East peace plan.
That of course isn’t the least bit surprising.
However, what did pique our interest was the person who decided to retweet it:
Andrew England is the Mid-East editor at the Financial Times.
Though we considered the possibility that the retweet didn’t necessarily signify endorsement, but merely the belief that Ashrawi’s tweet was newsworthy, our review of England’s Twitter feed revealed that he’s not prone to this style of tweeting.
As we noted in our own tweet, if indeed England was in fact signifying his support of Ashrawi, it raises serious questions about his objectivity. Financial Times is an influential international business and news publication based in London which, as they put it, is “recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy”.
It’s hard to see how we can trust the Financial Times “integrity” and “accuracy” when reporting on Israel and the Palestinians if their Mid-East editor openly sides with one side in the conflict.