MSNBC contributor Rula Jebreal took issue with the network’s coverage of the conflict in the Middle East on Monday.
Speaking on Ronan Farrow’s show, she accused MSNBC of covering the Israeli perspective far more than the Palestinian side.
“We are disgustingly biased when it comes to this issue,” said Jebreal, an Italian-Palestinian journalist with dual Italian and Israeli citizenship. “Look how [much] air time Netanyahu and his folks have on air on a daily basis — Andrea Mitchell and others. I never see one Palestinian being interviewed on these same issues —”
“I’m going to push back a little on that,” Farrow interjected. “We’ve had Palestinian voices on our air.”
“Maybe for 30 seconds, and then you have twenty-five minutes for Bibi Netanyahu, and half an hour for Naftali Bennett,” Jebreal countered, referring to Israel’s prime minister and minister of the economy, respectively.
The violence in the Middle East has dominated the news since Israel launched a ground invasion of Gaza last week. Sunday was the deadliest day of fighting in the region this month, with at least 87 Palestinians and 13 Israeli soldiers killed that day,according to reports from the Palestine Health Ministry and Israeli military.
UPDATE 8:45 p.m. — Jebreal later claimed on Twitter that her upcoming TV appearances were canceled, speculating if there was a connection between the cancellations and her accusations.