Friday, November 12, 2010
11 November '10
In a purported news article in the Nov. 11 edition of the New York Times, reporter Mark Landler starts off in his lead paragraph of his article by taking the Palestinian side against Israel on the thorny issue of Jerusalem -- by describing Jewish neighborhoods in the eastern part of the city as "settlements." ("U.S. Struggles to Restore Middle East Talks" page A16).
"Settlements," as descriptive of Jewish neighborhoods in East Jerusalem, is exactly the line propounded by the Palestinians. At the same time, however, it's a label rejected by Israel, Prime Minister Netanyahu just reminded President Obama that "Jerusalem is not a settlement; it is the capital of Israeli."
It is not Landler's job to take either the Israeli or the Palestinian side when reporting on Jerusalem. Israel deems Jerusalem -- east and west -- as its eternal capital. The Palestinians deem well-established Jewish neighborhoods in East Jerusalem, whether Har Homa, as in this instance, or the Jewish Quarter of the Old City. as "settlements" where Jews don't belong.
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