The most recent false information piece in reporting history was about the Temple Mount.

The New York Times’ Palestinian affairs correspondent, Raja Abdulrahim, recently published an article on the concerns of the Muslim craftsmen who renovate the Muslim shrines on the Temple Mount in anticipation of the confluence of the upcoming Jewish holiday of Passover and the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, as escalating tensions could spill over into further violence.

Unfortunately, Abdulrahim’s story, as is customary when it comes to her reporting on the Jewish state, is replete with false assertions and accusations that smack off an anti-Israel bias instead of offering a fair and nuanced piece of journalism.

Here are a few of the most extreme instances:

Jewish ties to the Temple Mount are waning
Inferring that the First and Second Temples’ existence is more a question of faith than historical fact, she writes, “Jewish belief that the [Temple Mount] compound is the location of two ancient temples.”

In reality, a variety of ancient artifacts found by archaeologists close to the Temple Mount (the Mount itself has never been explored) provide irrefutable evidence that both Temples formerly stood there.

In addition to the archaeological evidence, the Supreme Muslim Council acknowledged the Temple’s presence at this location in the early 20th century, writing in a 1925 brochure that “[The Mount’s] identity with the site of Solomon’s Temple is without a doubt.”

Removal of Context
Raja Abdulrahim writes the following to contextualize her argument:

As the violence in the Israeli-occupied West Bank increases, the situation is already tense. Palestinians in the region have had their worst start to a year in more than 20 years as settler violence rises and Israel intensifies deadly operations in retaliation for a slew of assaults by Palestinian armed groups.

But this context is utterly inaccurate.

By omitting to mention that the majority of the Palestinians killed are affiliated with Palestinian terror organizations, that the “attacks by Palestinian armed groups” were deadly and resulted in one of the bloodiest years for Israelis in recent memory, and that the entire wave of violence began with a string of Palestinian terror attacks, not Israeli actions, Abdulrahim appears to be trying to place the entire blame for the most recent wave of violence on the shoulders of Israelis.

Revisionist history
The assertion made by Abdulrahim that Ariel Sharon’s journey to the Temple Mount in 2000 “started the second intifada or Palestinian uprising,” is another illustration of Abdulrahim’s erroneous reporting.

As HonestReporting has previously stated, Sharon’s visit was a pretext used by the Palestinian leadership, which was already preparing anti-Israel terrorism and violence, as stated in statements made on the record by Palestinian, Israeli, and American authorities.

Because of this, attributing the Second Intifada to Ariel Sharon amounts to dangerous historical revisionism and an attempt to absolve Palestinian participants in one of the bloodiest eras in Israeli history.

History of inaccurate reporting by the reporter
It is hardly surprising that Raja Abdulrahim’s most recent New York Times article is filled with inaccurate facts and hostility against Israel. According to HonestReporting and other groups, Abdulrahim has a history of spreading untruths about Israel and defaming the Jewish state while working as a journalist.

Some of Raja Abdulrahim’s reporting that stands out for its anti-Israel slant includes the following:

  • In her column for the New York Times in late 2022, Abdulrahim attempted to delegitimize Palestinian terrorism by asserting that the vast majority of Palestinians slain by Israel (even those identified as members of Palestinian terror organizations) were unarmed civilians. According to HonestReporting’s investigation, Abdulrahim’s assertion was false and meant to harm Israel’s reputation.
  • In November 2022, the media monitoring group CAMERA refuted Abdulrahim’s assertion that Gaza’s fishing industry had been severely hampered by Israel and Egypt’s siege, forcing The New York Times to issue a clarification. In fact, according to Palestinian data, the fishing industry in Gaza has grown significantly throughout the siege.
  • Abdulrahim falsely asserted that the Palestinian flag is “practically disappeared” from Jerusalem’s streets and that Israel “is trying to criminalize various components of the collective Palestinian identity” in a report from July 2022. Furthermore, she disregarded Palestinian aggression while criticizing Israel’s response.
  • In June 2022, Abdulrahim published a biased report on jailed Hamas member Muhammad al-Halabi that appeared to disregard any prosecution evidence while accepting the statements of his supporters at face value.
  • Raja Abdulrahim, a student at Florida University at the height of the Second Intifada, penned an opinion piece in which he blamed Israel for the evil of Palestinian suicide bombing and terrorism.

Hence, Raja Abdulrahim’s most recent article for The New York Times is not exceptional in how it portrays the Jewish state; rather, it is yet another example of the anti-Israel bias, lies, and misinformation that have characterized her journalistic career.