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AFP’s Settlement Error

Take a look at the opening paragraph of an AFP story on the breakdown of peace talks: US Secretary of State John Kerry has blamed approval of Jewish settlements in East Jerusalem for derailing peace talks with Palestinians, a charge that pricked Israeli officials and sent aides into damage control. Even if we were to accept

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The Times and “Occupied Arab Land”

Writing on the breakdown of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, The Times (subscription-only) includes the following paragraph in its report: The reference to “occupied Arab land” is inaccurate and prejudicial, implying that there is no Jewish historical or legal claim to those areas. While the correct terminology would be “disputed territories,” Catherine Philp’s description goes beyond other common

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Guardian Corrects the Error

The Guardian’s latest report on the breakdown of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process contained the following paragraph: HonestReporting sent an email to The Guardian’s Jerusalem correspondent Peter Beaumont and to the readers’ editor pointing out that, contrary to the above claim, the fourth prisoner release was not directly linked to Israeli calls for the PA to

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Jerusalem Neighborhood a Victim of Lazy Journalism

Amidst the coverage of John Kerry’s attempts to prevent a collapse of the peace process, a number of media outlets mentioned the approval of over 700 housing tenders for the southern Jerusalem suburb of Gilo. The Daily Telegraph refers to the “East Jerusalem settlement of Gilo” while The Independent refers to the “Gilo settlement in East

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