National Public Radio annexes West Bank to Israel

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Yesterday National Public Radio had a travel report from the Herodium in the occupied West Bank of Palestine, and host Steve Inskeep called the region “Israel’s West Bank.” NPR has now corrected the error at its site– “We incorrectly refer to the West Bank as Israel’s West Bank. We should have called it the Israeli-occupied West Bank.” But why do they do this sort of thing in the first place? Inskeep is an Indiana teacher’s son who has interviewed Obama and Netanyahu and should know this kind of thing.

Maybe he picked up the mistake from the correspondent, David Plotz, who states at his travel website that the Herodium is located in Tall Furaydis, Israel. On NPR, Plotz treated the Herodium as a magic place outside of modern time:

You’re driving through the desert and all of a sudden, this cone juts up from it. And as you get closer, you realize they’ve taken this mountain and built a huge structure on top of it. The they in this case was Herod, the king of Judea. You emerge in this open space at the top of the mountain. You can then look out and have this incredible expansive view of the whole desert around you. So it has a human story and then this strange, artificial wonder about its appearance that are magical for me.

But I’ve been there, and the entrance to the Herodium has a military checkpoint at it, and it neighbors occupied Palestinian villages with huge red signs saying it’s dangerous for any Israeli to enter them. And I’m sure you can see Gush Etzion settlement bloc from the top. Two years ago Israeli archaeologists looted the place to make an exhibition at the Israel Museum, promising they’d return the artifacts. So yes, the Herodium has a human story. A living one of apartheid and exploitation.

Plotz is married to an Israeli, and has bemoaned the alleged absence of nonviolent protest in Palestine. Where is the Gandhi? Etc.

Speaking of NPR, the other day National Public Radio quoted the eminent constitutional lawyer Jules Lobel on the California solitary decision and trailblazing Columbia Law prof Katherine Franke on that Kentucky county clerk’s refusal to grant marriage license because she has a religious objection to same-sex marriage. But I have never heard Franke and Lobel interviewed about Palestine. Lobel has documented Israeli war crimes; Franke is a leading anti-Zionist. Why doesn’t NPR ever interview these intellectual leaders about Israel and Palestine? Because it’s PEP, progressive except Palestine. NPR is progressive on solitary confinement and progressive on LGBT rights but has its head in the sand on Palestine.

Update: Henry Norr picked up an error in my piece; I called Gush Etzion Gush Emunim. Apologies!

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Inskeep “knows this type of thing” Everyone I have ever talked with about this issue of Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine believe NPR has done their part to support the occupation and cover up (or be silent) on Israeli’s crimes for decades. Ok maybe the last five years they have become a bit more fact based. However in the past it was either silence or complicity NPR chooses to have it’s “head in the sand”… Read more »

RE: “Why doesn’t NPR ever interview these intellectual leaders about Israel and Palestine? Because it’s PEP, progressive except Palestine. NPR is progressive on solitary confinement and progressive on LGBT rights but has its head in the sand on Palestine.” ~ Weiss WHY NPR IS “PEP”: I recall watching a video some years ago about a forum including a participant from NPR. When they took questions from the audience, an old geezer like myself went to… Read more »

RE: “Henry Norr picked up an error in my piece; I called Gush Etzion Gush Emunim.” ~ Weiss

MY COMMENT: Horrors! ! !

■ Gush Emunim – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gush_Emunim

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