‘NYT’ says East Jerusalem isn’t occupied, and Israel lobby takes credit

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New York Times headquarters. (Photo: Wikipedia)

New York Times headquarters. (Photo: Wikipedia)

The New York Times ran a piece in February about Palestinian conditions in the West Bank and referred to Atarot, a neighborhood east of the old city of Jerusalem in this way:

Israel opened its first industrial zone in occupied Palestinian territory shortly after the 1967 war, in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Atarot.

Now the sentence has been stripped of the word “occupied”:

Israel opened an industrial zone in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Atarot, which had been Jewish before 1948, shortly after recapturing it along with the rest of the West Bank from Jordan in the 1967 war.

The Times added a correction at the bottom of the article:

An article on Feb. 11 about a debate over whether Israeli companies operating in West Bank settlements do more to help or hurt the Palestinians they employ referred imprecisely to the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Atarot, where Israel opened an industrial zone after the 1967 war. While the Palestinians and most of the world consider it to be occupied Palestinian territory, Atarot was a Jewish village until 1948, and Israel considers all of Jerusalem to be its capital.

So the Times is back to dignifying Israel’s claim that it does not occupy Jerusalem.

The Israel lobbying group Camera is taking credit, “NY Times Corrects: Wrong to Call Atarot ‘Occupied Palestinian’ Territory”:

The New York Times has corrected an article that had described a Jerusalem neighborhood as “occupied Palestinian territory.”

CAMERA had informed The Times that the neighborhood, Atarot, was a Jewish owned farming village before 1948, when Jordan occupied the area and destroyed the village’s homes. Atarot is in sovereign Israeli territory as part of the country’s unified capital, although Palestinians claim it as their own. (See additional details here.)

In a Feb. 11 story, reporter Jodi Rudoren embraced the Palestinian narrative about this territorial dispute, asserting that “Israel opened its first industrial zone in occupied Palestinian territory shortly after the 1967 war, in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Atarot.”

The newspaper published the following correction on Feb. 20…

This is not the first time The Times has seemed to bend to CAMERA’s pressure. Here were two corrections it published, a year back.

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