The project monitoring Israeli media racism and incitement against Palestinians and Arabs is conducted in collaboration with the Palestinian news agency Wafa. The project sets out to monitor central media outlets in Israel on a daily basis - in print media, television, and radio - and to cover the monitored news items and articles in a weekly report describing instances of incitement and racism to expose the Israeli media’s coverage of Palestinian citizens. The monitoring includes central newspapers (Yedioth Ahronoth, Ha’aretz, Ma’ariv, and Yisrael Hayom), important websites (Ynet, NRG and News 1), primary news broadcasters on radio stations Reshet Bet and Galei Tzahal, television stations (1, 2 and 10), religious newspapers (Hamodia, Yated Ne’eman and Makor Rishon), religious websites (Kikar Shabat and Hadrei Haredim, which usually include the most severe expressions of incitement and racism against Muslims and Arabs).
I’lam has been monitoring incidents of incitement and racism in Israeli media since July 2010, under the assumption that the Hebrew media is not neutral or professional in its coverage of security, political, social and financial issues relating to Palestinians in Israel, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip. Since I’lam began its monitoring operations, 130 weekly reports have been released containing news items and reports on racist expressions and descriptions that clearly incite violence against Palestinians and Arabs.