Rula Jebreal At Odds With MSNBC For “Pro-Israeli Bias” Claim

July 28, 2014  |  

Rula Jebreal at a UN Women for Peace event. Ivan Nikolov/

Italian-Palestinian journalist and former MSNBC contributor Rula Jebreal came under fire about her most recent appearance on MSNBC’s Ronan Farrow Daily, in which she criticized the network for what she called uneven and pro-Israel bias reporting. Jebreal was featured as a guest commentator on the Israeli-Palestinian crisis and, specifically pointing a finger to Andrea Mitchell, said, “We are disgustingly biased on this issue.”

Since that appearance, Jebreal revealed to TVNewser that MSNBC producers cancelled her future scheduled appearances with the network. Jebreal says she inquired whether or not the cancellation was due to her commentary on the show, but producers never responded. Although MSNBC issued statements saying the cancellation was due to scheduling conflict with a re-airing of Chris Hayes’ Monday night interview with a Palestinian-American who was beaten by Israeli forces.

Last month, Jebreal’s contributor contract ended. She insists her claims were made in the name of being an objective Palestinian journalist, though also states that, “I wasn’t invited as a ‘Palestinian’ voice and if they had told me I was going to be a ‘Palestinian’ voice, I would have said, ‘Invite someone else.”

It should be noted, on Jebreal’s professional website, she had the subtitle: “Palestinian Journalist, Author, and Screenwriter.” (We took a quick look and didn’t see the distinction highlighted in the WaPo screenshot.)

Jebreal doesn’t seem to concerned of the criticism of her statements affecting her future in journalism, saying that she “definitely has offers,” and stands firm behind her dislike of what she calls a Pro-Israeli bias in western journalism.

A recent Pew study shows that the many Americans stand behind Israel on this issue, with 43 percent of Blacks supporting the country. Secretary of State John Kerry is currently trying to negotiate cease-fire deals between the Israelis and Palestinians after peace talks broke down last week. Israeli security and humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza are the two biggest concerns. As of the latest New York Times numbers, 1,023 Palestinians have died in the fighting (many of them civilians) and 46 Israelis have perished.

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