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November 27, 2011

Akko, West Bank?

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Sarah Irving’s "10 Highlights of Palestine" in the Guardian, which has a subheadline of “…10 things to see and do in the West Bank? includes Akko in the list. Akko is within Israel’s 1948 boundaries, and Israeli sovereignty is undisputed. While the section on Akko recognizes that it is in Israel, the title and subheadline are misleading.

The article also incorrectly states that “Israeli border authorities…control all routes into the West Bank and Gaza.? Israel, however, has had no control over the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and Gaza since the 2005 disengagement.

-- Post by Matthew Mainen

Update: CIF Watch has more on Sarah Irving and the Bradt Guide to Palestine.

Update (Dec. 18, 2011): The Guardian corrects the mistaken assertion that Israel controls all of Gaza's borders, but does nothing to amend the headline and subhead placing Akko in the West Bank, Palestine.

Posted by TS at November 27, 2011 02:20 AM


I don't think is much of a problem. The article for Acco/Acre makes it clear that the guide also covers parts of Israel where large numbers of Palestinians (i.e. Israeli Arabs or just Arabs) reside. That seems legitimate. I have more concern over the sweeping inclusion of 'Jerusalem' as though all of it is part of 'Palestine'.

Posted by: Denis MacEoin at December 1, 2011 06:04 PM

Writers rarely choose their own titles or subheadlines, it seems rather silly to focus on an editor opting for concision, when the locations are clearly explained in the actual piece anyway.

Posted by: Jack McGinn at December 2, 2011 02:36 PM

The subline is 10 things to do in the West Bank. But the article lists only 9 things to do there. Listing Jerusalem in Palestine, of course, brings the number down to 8.

Posted by: Matthew Mainen at December 3, 2011 05:17 AM

who cares what the yellow sheet, the antisemitic guardian, writes. NOBODY

Posted by: Dan at December 18, 2011 06:01 AM

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