Monday, December 25, 2017

International law isn't in the business of choosing capital cities but apparently, the New York Times is - by Gilead Ini

...The outcome of the General Assembly vote about Jerusalem was predictable, if not surprisingly lacking the number of supporters pro-Palestinian votes tend to attract. But to the New York Times, it was astounding.

Gilead Ini..
CAMERA Media Analysis..
21 December '17..

Judging by the way the New York Times covered today's United Nations vote about Jerusalem, it would seem the outcome in favor of the resolution was an astounding rarity.

In the first paragraph of the newspaper's story on the vote, reporter Rick Gladstone called the General Assembly resolution "a stinging rebuke to the United States." In the second paragraph, it was "a collective act of defiance toward Washington." In paragraph three, the lopsided vote was no less than a sign that "the Trump administration's decision to defy a 50-year international consensus on Jerusalem's status has unsettled world politics and contributed to America's diplomatic isolation."

"Stinging" might be an objective fact in an article about bees, but not in a news story about the United Nations, where, as CNN's Jake Tapper pointed out, anti-Israeli politics are mundane and hypocrisy seems to be rampant. Indeed, in the long record of General Assembly votes related to Israel, the vote looked like more of the same, or even an erosion of the large majority that can typically be relied on to back pro-Palestinian resolutions.

Today's resolution repeated boilerplate UN language declaring any decisions that purport to alter the status of the city "null and void," while also alluding to the recent U.S. announcement that it intends to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Israel's capital city. It passed by a majority of 128 to 9, with 35 countries abstaining and 21 absent from the vote.

The numbers are hardly as shocking as the Times introduction suggested. Every November, in fact, the UN's General Assembly votes for a resolution with largely similar language about Jerusalem.

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