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Jodi Rudoren effectively annexes Golan Heights to Israel

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Jodi Rudoren

To no surprise New York Times reporter Jodi Rudoren has done it again, this time in her article about Israeli jets shooting down a Syrian fighter jet that had strayed across the border between Syria and the Golan Heights.  I expected that she would bury in a late paragraph the fact that the Golan is considered Israeli-occupied Syrian territory.  I was wrong.  She didn’t bury it but omitted it entirely.

Throughout the article she repeatedly quotes Israeli military officials about the violation of Israeli “airspace,” “territory,” and “borders”:

The Israeli military said on Tuesday morning that it had shot down a Syrian fighter jet that had “infiltrated into Israeli airspace

“We cannot tolerate any penetration of the Israeli airspace . . .,” General Shmueli told reporters in a conference call, saying the aircraft had flown half a mile into Israeli airspace.  “. . . We have to keep our borders safe.”

Eitan Ben Eliyahu, a retired major general, . . . said he did not believe the Syrian fighter jet’s intrusion into Israeli territory was deliberate

While all of the above quotes are from Israeli officials, Rudoren herself described the area slightly more neutrally as “the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights.”  Still, there is no mention of Israel’s 1967 conquest of the Golan and its 1981 effective annexation of the area being considered a violation of international law by virtually every other country, including the United States.  Rudoren’s repeated quotes of Israeli “airspace” and “territory” and “borders,” along with the absence of even a single explanatory sentence about the territory’s legal status, gives the unmistakable impression that Syria did intrude into Israeli territory.  It is simply remarkable that such a fundamentally important fact is omitted from the article.

David Samel

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  1. Kay24 on September 23, 2014, 4:47 pm

    What a trooper. We should all breathe a sigh of relief that Judy, loyal to the zionist cause, has no power to make it so. Jodi can write all the misleading articles she wants, even delusional claims, but she has to change the UN laws to make that happen. Just because Jodi and the zio chorus says so, does not mean it is so. According to Israel’s make believe list, Jerusalem and the Golan Heights are all theirs.

  2. piotr on September 23, 2014, 5:13 pm

    This link is about quickly changing realities in the vicinity of the incident. The commentary basically states that American official conceptual framework cannot address what is happening.

  3. piotr on September 23, 2014, 5:14 pm

    I forgot the link. Edit! Edit! Edit! I swear, I will not donate a penny to Mondoweis until Edit function is restored.

    • Boomer on September 24, 2014, 6:45 am

      The edit function was nice. I also miss the list of recent comments.

    • Mooser on September 24, 2014, 7:02 pm

      A five-minute “edit ” window for correcting spelling and punctuation and typos would be nice.

  4. Walker on September 23, 2014, 5:31 pm

    (Israel’s) 1981 effective annexation of the area being considered a violation of international law by virtually every other country, including the United States

    Why the “virtually”?

  5. benedict on September 23, 2014, 5:44 pm

    There is no such thing as ‘Syria’. There is only a set of arbitrary lines drawn by colonialist powers encompassing a variety of ethnic/religious groups currently involved in a murderous tribal conflict.

    Calling this chaotic amalgamation a state or applying international law to a regime that uses chemical weapons on its own ‘people’ is a sick joke.

    • just on September 23, 2014, 7:00 pm

      Could you post your proof of “a regime that uses chemical weapons on its own ‘people’ “?


      “There is no such thing as ‘Syria’. ”

      What, you’ve never been there?

    • oldgeezer on September 24, 2014, 8:18 am

      Assuming that the Syrian government was indeed guilty of using chemical weapons on it’s own people in what way does that remove the rights of the citizens to their nation and the protection of international law? More importantly in what way does it permit Israel to avoid the restrictions of international law and to cause further harm to the Syrian people by stealing their land?

      It’s not for you to decide whether Syria is a state regardless of how it was created. That’s really up to the Syrians and no one else. Outsiders involving themselves in that process merely repeats any colonialist injustice done many years ago. The arrogance displayed by your suggestion is astounding.

  6. RoHa on September 23, 2014, 7:02 pm

    “Jodi Rudoren effectively annexes Golan Heights to Israel”

    She’s late. Doublestandards has already done that on this very site.

  7. just on September 23, 2014, 7:04 pm

    Israel is constantly violating the air space of Lebanon and Syria and who knows who else.

    Why no repercussions?

    • Kay24 on September 24, 2014, 7:12 am

      Israel is special. It is the darling of the US congress, the US media, and even Hollywood. Israel can get away with murder, kill little kids playing soccer, steal lands, all while crying victim, and the Western world pretends to believe it. The US is controlled by Israel, and can even be considered an extension of Israel, considering how much it controls our leaders, how they write our foreign policies, and keeps the US media on a leash.

      The attack of ISIL in Syria by the US and Arab “allies” makes me wonder why the only “greatest” ally of ours in the ME has not joined us at this time of need, like other nations in the ME.

  8. eljay on September 23, 2014, 9:13 pm

    >> “We cannot tolerate any penetration of the Israeli airspace . . .,” General Shmueli (G.S.) told reporters in a conference call, saying the aircraft had flown half a mile into Israeli airspace. “. . . We have to keep our borders safe.”

    Reporter: “Could you please indicate where, precisely, are your borders?”

    G.S.: “Anti-Semite! Holocaust! Iran! Wipe off the map and push into the sea! The Hamas!”

    Reporter: “Could you be, y’know, a little more specific?”

    G.S.: “In Israel, homosexuals are more accepted than they are in Saudi Arabia or Mali. Why do you hate Jews so much?!”

  9. aiman on September 23, 2014, 10:11 pm

    Israel shooting a Syrian jet is for all the naysayers who believe Israel has nothing to do with the Takfiris. Israel has been attacking Syria since Day 1. Netanyahu and his allies like Saudi Arabia have enjoyed watching Syria burn. Israel wishes to use the Takfiris against Asad and Hezbollah and then go for Iran.

  10. Sycamores on September 23, 2014, 10:36 pm

    i have this image of a parrot perched on Peter Lerner shoulder and it looks awful like Jodi.

    this is lazy reporting from Jodi Rudoren, might as well hook up the IDF spokeperson twitter feed to NYT and be done with it.

  11. amigo on September 24, 2014, 5:42 am

    Could you please reduce the size of her image or place it in a position where I don,t have to see her lying face while I am reading the article.

  12. HarryLaw on September 24, 2014, 8:48 am

    Below is part of a letter I received from The Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs UK [DEFRA] in reply to my complaint that Golan Heights Winery label their wines [which are wholly produced and harvested in the Golan Heights] as “Wine of Israel” and “Produced by Golan Heights Winery Katzrin, Israel” in breach of Article 55 of European Union Regulation 607/2009. [County of origin must always be shown on the label]. ” I note your concerns centre on the fact that this wine, imported by Hatov Ltd, is misleading to the consumer as it indicates on the label that it is ‘produce of Israel’, yet comes from grapes grown in the Golan Heights. In addition the wine labels show that they are produced at the Golan Heights Winery, Katzrin, which as you say is in the Golan Heights.

    The Food Standards Agency have informed me that although they recognise some inconsistencies in the labelling of the wine, they consider that the numerous references to the Golan Heights on the label would be sufficient to ensure that consumers would probably not be misled about the wine’s provenance”.
    There you have it from a UK Government Department, a false country of origin is only an inconsistency.

    • ckg on September 24, 2014, 1:28 pm

      If I were you I would remind them that the UK voted in UNSC 497 to affirm that the Golan Heights is Syrian territory and to reject Israel’s annexation. The vote was unanimous with no abstentions and supported by P.M. Thatcher.

  13. ckg on September 24, 2014, 1:14 pm

    The NYT may getting an assist from Google in the business of sneaky annexation. When I type “Merom Golan” into the Google Chrome search engine on my Android phone, the official result shows a Google map of the kibbutz with the legend “Merom Golan — Kibbutz in Israel”. It’s actually in occupied Syria.

    Even more unsettling, when I type “Battir”, I get a Google map with the legend “Battir — Village in Israel”. It’s actually east of both the green line and the wall. The Israeli cabinet has been debating moving the wall so that Battir lies between the green line and the wall, separating its Palestinian residents from the rest of the West Bank.

  14. Bandolero on September 25, 2014, 4:21 pm

    Even more important than the failure to report on the fact that the “Israeli Golan” is territory illegaly occupied by Israel I find the failure to report that Israel with that strike and other military actions directly supports the Al Qaeda group Nusra Front, which is deemed as a terrorist organisation by the UN, and while the US together with some partners of the US are fighting a difficult war against ISIS and Nusra Front. Israel’s army is directly aiding the Al Qaeda enemy.

  15. JaapBo on January 26, 2015, 2:10 am

    Rudoren strikes again:

    Looks like a complete whitewash of the 1967 Israeli attack. Israel was “fighting for its very survival”, we should not disregard “the existential threat Israel faced at the time”.
    Reality is that Israel was the main provoker of the build-up in tension before the war, started the war unnecessarily, and fully knew that it would win easily (see e.g. Norman Finkelstein’s “Image and Reality of the Israel-Palestine conflict”).

    Why is the NYT promoting this nonsense?

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