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 (and inaccurate) terms that the media regularly use to describe the area of the West Bank / Judea and Samaria.

Within the context of the paragraph itself, it is nigh impossible that Israel would have referred to “occupied Arab land” in any statement it would have released.

HonestReporting has written to The Times and Catherine Philp requesting more neutral and objective terminology. Watch this space.

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