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November 24, 2008

LA Times Needs A Map

Geography quiz for LA Times editors: Look at the map and identify which countries border the Gaza Strip.

The Los Angeles Times has a longstanding mental block when it comes to correctly identifying the Gaza Strip's borders.

Most recently, on Friday an editorial falsely stated:

On the contrary, as the military power surrounding Gaza, Israel has a duty to ensure that civilians receive sufficient food, fuel and medicine.

But, of course, as the map shows, Gaza's southern border is shared with Egypt, not Israel, and therefore Israel does not "surround" Gaza.

The LA Times' Richard Boudreaux more accurately reported on Gaza's geography in his news story the very same day:

Because Israel controls most access points to Gaza. . . ("Israel rejects U.N. appeal on Gaza")

(Notably, though, Boudreaux, like the U.N. which is pressuring Israel to ease the blockade, does not mention Egypt at all, which controls its own crossing point with Gaza and which is likewise maintaining a blockade.)

To politely request that the paper print a correction making clear that Israel does not "surround" the Gaza Strip, write to Readers Representative Jamie Gold at [email protected] .

Posted by TS at November 24, 2008 04:33 AM


Is this supposed to be a serious notification? Yes, everyone knows that Egypt shares a small border with Gaza. But, it is Israel who is occupying Gaza because Israel controls its airspace, its coast, its water, its borders (Egypt's agreements with Israel keep its Southern border closed), its trade, its electricity, and even the availability of humanitarian aid.

Is this supposed to be a notification blaming Egypt for Israel's illegal siege on Gaza? Do not forget that Egypt brokered the ceasefire agreement which insisted on Israel to ease its blockade. Now, Israel has tightened it after invading Gaza and provoking rocketfire from Hamas. The entire international community condemns Israel for its collective punishment of Gaza.

Is this evidence of the inherent antisemitism of the entire world, or is Israel carrying out a criminal terrorist policy, by definition?

Posted by: M K at November 28, 2008 10:58 PM

'Is this evidence of the inherent antisemitism of the entire world'
yes, it is

Posted by: Orde Wingate at December 15, 2008 12:04 PM

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