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July 30, 2008

Jerusalem Error in IHT

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The print edition -- but not the online version -- of yesterday's International Herald Tribune article entitled "Fatah is said to seize 50 as Palestinian rift grows" falsely states:

Israel took Jerusalem in the 1967 war and then annexed it.

Well, no. Israel was in control of the western part of the city since its independence in 1948 and gained control and annexed only the eastern part in 1967. (From 1948 until 1967 Jordan occupied the eastern part of the city.)

The New York Times version of the article and IHT's Web site both got it right:

The Palestinians demand the eastern part of Jerusalem, which Israel conquered in the 1967 war and later annexed, as the capital of a future Palestinian state.

Stay tuned for word of a correction.

Posted by TS at July 30, 2008 08:23 AM


Jews have been the majority of the Jerusalem population since 1853 [according to Cesar Famin, a contemporary French diplomat and historian]. At the the time the Old City was the whole city. There was NO New City outside the walls at that time.

On 11-29-1947, when the War of Independence started, Jews were living in the Old City and in parts of the New City taken over by Arab forces during the war. The first "ethnic cleansing" in the war was executed by Arab forces, who successfully drove Jews out of south Tel Aviv and areas of Jerusalem north and west of the American Colony Hotel and the Orient House, starting in December 1947. Consider the Shim`on haTsadiq Quarter around the Tomb of Simon the Just, whence the Jews were driven out towards the end of December 1947.

Posted by: Eliyahu [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 30, 2008 11:24 AM

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