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December 07, 2017

New York Times dismisses Zionist connection to Zion, and ignores its own reporting

A New York Times article purporting to explain the history of the Jerusalem conflict made a point of downplaying the historical connections between the Jews and their holiest city. Among several out of context or misleading quotes is this one, by Rashid Khalidi. After 1967, Khalidi insists,

“Jerusalem became the center of a cultlike devotion that had not really existed previously,” said Rashid Khalidi, a professor of modern Arab studies at Columbia University. “This has now been fetishized to an extraordinary degree as hard-line religious nationalism has come to predominate in Israeli politics, with the Western Wall as its focus.”

Considering the bigoted undertones of the comment, with its use of the words "cult" and "fetish" to describe traditional Judaism's connection to Jerusalem, and in light of the fact that Khalidi has previously used a hoax quote in The New York Times (and elsewhere), which eventually had to be corrected, the newspaper might have at least consulted its own coverage before printing Khalidi's claim.

Here, for example, is a clip from the newspaper's coverage in 1948, long before the 1967 turning point alleged by Khalidi:

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Got that? The Times made clear the city's importance to Jews and the fact that it was a spiritual center, and alluded to the many lives lost in Israel's vigorous attempts to defend the Jerusalem's Jewish Quarter against the Jordanian conquerors. But now the newspaper pretends otherwise.

Stay tuned for our detailed article exposing additional distortions in the piece…

Posted by GI at December 7, 2017 05:03 PM

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