Success: The Economist Corrects “Settler-Only Road” Error

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An article in The Economist, “The final fizzling of negotiations,” contained the following sentence in reference to the murder of Baruch Mizrahi, fired on by a Palestinian terrorist on his way to a Passover Seder:

The next day a Palestinian gunman fired on cars on a nearby road restricted to settlers, killing one of them.

HonestReporting wrote to The Economist pointing out that:

1. The road on which the attack occurred is not “restricted to settlers.” In fact, like virtually all major highways within the West Bank, Route 35 is open to Palestinian traffic.

2. Baruch Mizrahi was not a “settler” but lived in the Israeli city of Modi’in within the Green Line. In any case, where he lived should in no way legitimize or excuse an act of terrorism.

Following our email, The Economist published the following under the article:

Correction: An earlier version of this article mistakenly said that the road in Hebron was restricted to settlers and that the victim of the attack was a settler. This was corrected on April 22nd 2014.

Many factual errors and falsehoods have, over time, contributed to misconceptions surrounding Israel’s activities in the West Bank – the road network being one of them. It is therefore important that errors such as these are corrected.


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