Accuracy in Media

The New York Times failed to disclose that International Crisis Group, the writer of a lengthy article defending the anti-Israel “Boycott, Divest, Sanction” — commonly referred to as BDS — movement has extensive ties to money from the Qatari government and other sources that support terrorism or have a strong anti-Israel bias.

Fox News’ Adelle Nazarian wrote that the piece “evokes age-old anti-Semitic tropes to accuse prominent Jewish philanthropists, like Haim Saban, of holding the Democratic Party hostage on Israel — authored by a man with ties to one of the world’s biggest sponsors of terrorism.

Many shamed the Times for welcoming writer Nathan Thrall’s “propaganda.”

But it isn’t just the propaganda or anti-Semitism that should concern Jews everywhere – it’s Thrall himself and his alarming ties to Qatar. A deep dive by the Free Beacon revealed that Thrall is employed by an organization that receives funding from the Qatari government and has ties to several anti-Israel and anti-Semitic activists. That’s right: The New York Times published an article written by someone connected to the Qatari payroll, who tars and feathers pro-Israel philanthropists, gives an international platform to the BDS movement, and devotes not a single of its 11,500 words to Qatar – the world’s central bank for terrorism and a known sponsor of Hamas.

This shouldn’t be shocking: Qatari efforts to influence American journalism have been growing rapidly in recent years, as the Gulf state pays hundreds of millions of dollars to buy influence and manipulate what and how the American press reports on issues in the Middle East.”

The Free Beacon researched the funders of Thrall’s organization, the International Crisis Group (ICG), reporting that “Thrall, who the Times presents as a disinterested expert, serves as director of the Arab-Israeli Project at the International Crisis Group, or ICG, a left-leaning advocacy organization that has received around $4 million from the Qatari government in the just the last year. Qatar’s donations represent around 6 percent of ICG’s total budget. Qatar is not mentioned in Thrall’s 11,500-word piece.”

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