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.
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