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August 06, 2014

NY Times Errs on 'New Settlements'

A New York Times infographic yesterday entitled "A History of Obama-Netanyahu Tensions" erroneously refers to Israeli announcements of "new settlements" in recent years.

The April 2014 item blatantly errs:

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But Israel had not announced any "new settlements," not in spring 2014, and not for many years.

Rather, Kerry's comment was in reference to tenders published for 708 new housing units in the Gilo neighborhood of Jerusalem. As Mark Landler reported in The New York Times at the time (April 8, 2014):

While Mr. Kerry said both sides bore responsibility for “unhelpful” actions, the precipitating event, he said, was Israel’s announcement of 700 new housing units for Jewish settlers in East Jerusalem.

It is worth noting that in previous rounds of negotiations, such as in Camp David, and again in the 2008 Olmert talks, it was never under consideration to transfer Gilo to the Palestinian Authority. (That the Palestinian leadership has conceded Gilo is clear, for instance, in the Palestine Papers.)

The International New York Times commendably published a correction Nov. 7, 2013 to a nearly identical error. The correction stated:

An article on Wednesday about American efforts to reinvigorate the Middle East peace negotiations stated incorrectly that Israel plans to build 3,500 additional settlements on the West Bank and in East Jerusalem. Israel does not plan more settlements, but it has recently advanced projects for that number of new housing units within existing settlements.

Stay tuned for news of a correction.

For additional New York Times corrections prompted by CAMERA, please see here.

Posted by TS at August 6, 2014 01:37 PM

Comments

Of course the obvious question is: Why are these mistakes from NY Times and other "mainstream" outlets almost always anti-Israel?

If that monotonous pattern shows anything, it's the clear underlying bias from the Times' writers. They should be ashamed of themselves for posing as an objective news source.

Posted by: John Jaffe at August 7, 2014 03:51 PM

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