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September 21, 2005

AP Amplifies Tunisian Falsehood

Tunisian Foreign Minister suggested Israel still occupies Lebanese land

As a service to its readers, reporters often attempt to clarify, if possible, confusing or ambiguous statements. That was not the case yesterday, when Sam Ghattas of the AP reported on the Tunisian foreign minister's statements at the U.N. General Assembly.

After addressing the Palestinian issue, Foreign Minister Abdelwahab Abdallah went on to say:

We also consider that achieving fair, comprehensive and durable peace in the Middle East region requires the recovery of sisterly Syria and Lebanon of all their occupied territory.

Though he doesn't say so outright, the assumed occupier is Israel. Only, the United Nations, the body which Abdallah is addressing, has already confirmed on June 16, 2000 that Israel no longer occupies any inch of Lebanese land.

Rather than point out that Abdallah was wrong to imply that Israel continues to occupy Lebanese territory, AP's Ghattas amplifies the misrepresentation by specifically identifying Israel as the alleged occupier while the Tunisian never did:

He said a durable peace would require Israel also to give up land it captured from Syria and Lebanon.

Posted by TS at September 21, 2005 03:17 AM


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