‘New York Times’ claims that ‘Fatah runs the West Bank’

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Max Blumenthal at Alakhbar:

The NY Times’ Ethan Bronner falsely claimed in his report on the prisoner exchange that “Fatah runs the West Bank.” In fact, the West Bank is under Israeli military occupation, including the small areas (Area A) that the Palestinian Authority was granted control over under the Oslo Accords. The Israeli military and civil administration has official control over 60% of the West Bank (Area C), according to the guidelines of the Oslo Accords, and authorizes the residency of over 350,000 Jewish Israeli settlers there. Isn’t it time the Times assign a fact checker to keep watch over the chronically sloppy Bronner?

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  1. Richard Witty
    October 20, 2011, 9:21 am

    In Israel, the names were not highlighted, for fear that there would be significant organized opposition to the deal.

    Its probably a good thing, as otherwise the 440 first batch would likely still be in prison.

    • eGuard
      October 20, 2011, 10:29 am

      And yesterday, my cat went missing. But later on she was back.


  2. pabelmont
    October 20, 2011, 9:22 am

    When you consider Israeli refusal to issue building permits and destruction of houses, cisterns, water-wells due to owners’ non-possession of (impossible to get) Israeli building permits, it is especially galling to be told that it is all Fatah’s fault. Additionally, many people are indisposed to believe that fatah is responsible for all the land confiscation and settlement building that’s going on in WB.

    Of course, one possibility in extenuation for poor-dear Ethan Bronner is that by the term-of-art “West Bank” he means the small part [of the West Bank including East Jerusalem] in which Fatah has some sort of governmental role. But even there, Israel has a heavy hand.

  3. Tzombo
    October 20, 2011, 9:26 am

    Sloppy? I am sure he knows exactly who runs the West Bank, his son is one of the people running it…

    • eGuard
      October 20, 2011, 10:45 am

      Bronner writes: “Palestinians and some critics of Israel …”

      Note the additional “some”. Basic rule in journalistic writing is: “if a word does not add anything, leave it out”. He could have left out “some” without changing the sentence. That is amateuristic writing, or he intends to play down criticism.

  4. seafoid
    October 20, 2011, 9:34 am

    The settlers and the IDF civil administration run the West Bank.


    This is why all signposts in the West Bank show the name in Hebrew first, in the largest letters. Because there is no such place as palestine and the Arabs who live there only arrived in the 1920s. Did I get that right ?

  5. seafoid
    October 20, 2011, 9:36 am

    I’m surprised Bronner doesn’t call it Judea and Samaria.
    If I had 2 dogs I would call them Judea and Samaria. Or else Ron and Arad.

  6. Bumblebye
    October 20, 2011, 10:28 am

    Bronner might not be able to write truth, but this appears to be:
    Gaddafi is dead.

  7. Kathleen
    October 20, 2011, 10:44 am

    “Isn’t it time the Times assign a fact checker to keep watch over the chronically sloppy Bronner?”

    The Bloody Times “assign a fact checker” . Not happenning. They allowed Judy “I am fucking right” Miller to spew deadly lies about WMD’s in Iraq…why start “fact checking” now?

  8. Les
    October 20, 2011, 1:20 pm

    How dumb do you have to be to qualify as a New York Times reporter?

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