Top Editor’s Jeningrad Apology

GuardianTalking at a London Jewish Book Week affair, The Guardian’s editor, Alan Rusbridger, apologized for this editorial written in 2002 about the battle of Jenin.

Following Operation Defensive Shield in 2002, the Guardian’s editorial commented in its April 17 edition that: “Israel’s actions in Jenin were every bit as repellent as Osama Bin Laden’s attack on New York on September 11.”

“I take full responsibility for the misjudgment,” Rusbridger said.

And during a response to a later question, he apologized for the editorial on Jenin – unprompted.

And referring to a series of articles in 2006 by Chris McGreal comparing Israel to South Africa’s apartheid regime, Rusbridger conceded that “apartheid” wasn’t the best choice of words.

Related reading: Atrocities of the British Press

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