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June 16, 2013

IHT Corrects Palestine Terminology

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The International Herald Tribune published the following print correction today on page 7. (It does not appear online.)

Because of an editing error, an item in the arts guide published June 8 should have said that the photographer Joseph Schweig immigrated to Palestine when it was under British rule, and not when it was governed by the Palestine Authority.

The erroneous June 8 item had stated:

Displaced Visions: Emigré Photographers of the 20th Century The Israel Museum. Through Sept. 29.

Expatriated, propelled into unfamiliar environments by choice or necessity, the 100 selected photographers illustrate in their works how their status and native culture affected their vision. On view are photos by Bill Brandt, Andre Kertesz, Tina Modotti, The New York School photographers, Man Ray, Robert Frank, Moholy-Nagy and Weegee, among others. Below, Shmuel Joseph Schweig's ''Grandmother and Grandchild on their Way to the Homeland, c. 1950.'' The Austrian-born photographer immigrated to the Palestine Authority in the 1920s.

Meanwhile, the New York Times, which publishes the International Herald Tribune, has yet to correct a related error. In a June 10 article about European Jews settling in Argentina in the 1890s, Simon Romero wrote:

Reports of their plight reached Buenos Aires and, eventually, Europe. Baron Maurice de Hirsch, a German-Jewish banker and philanthropist, bought land for the pioneers, establishing Moisés Ville as a precursor to a more ambitious colonization project with the aim of resettling Jews in places like Argentina, Canada, the Palestinian territories and the United States.

The term "Palestinian territories" came into use only in recent decades. In the late 1800s, and early 1900s, when efforts were under way to resettle Europe's Jews in Argentina, Canada and the United States, the Middle East land in question was Turkish-ruled Palestine. The Tribune, which published Romero's story June 11 on page 2, contains the accurate wording: ". . . establishing Moisés Ville as a precursor to a more ambitious colonization project with the aim of resettling Jews in places like Argentina, Canada, Palestine and the United States."

When it comes to precision on Palestine terminology, the Tribune outperforms its parent company, the New York Times.

Posted by TS at June 16, 2013 06:18 AM


In fact, when the Land of Israel was ruled by the Ottoman Empire ["the Turks"], it was not called "Palestine" by that empire which had no province or region or district by that name. "Palestine" was a strictly Western name for the country and not its usual Western name, which was Holy Land. The Ottoman and Mamluk empires had divided the country among several vilayets [provinces] and sanjaqs [districts] and the whole country was simply considered an indistinct part of Syria [Sham]. The San Remo Conference officially gave the country the name "Palestine" in 1920 for the first time since the end of Roman/Byzantine rule in the Land.

Posted by: Jack Schwartz at June 17, 2013 11:03 AM

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