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August 8, 2013 9:14 am

New York Times Corrects ‘Illegal’ Settlements Error

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View of the Har Homa settlement in the West Bank. Photo: James Emery.

JNS.org – New York Times Jerusalem bureau chief Jodi Rudoren printed a correction on Thursday to an earlier version of an article on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that she acknowledged incorrectly described United States policy on Jewish communities located beyond the pre-1967 lines.

The original article stated that the U.S. “along with most of the world, considers these settlements illegal, and some of them sit in the heart of the area imagined as a future Palestinian state.”

Steven Rosen, a former top official at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and current director of the Washington Project of the Middle East Forum, wrote in a 2012 analysis of U.S. policy that, “Successive U.S. administrations have deplored settlement activity as an obstacle to peace, but no American president—except Jimmy Carter—has taken the view that building Jewish homes in Jerusalem constitutes a violation of the Geneva conventions,” according to theWashington Free Beacon.

Rudoren wrote a separate article describing Palestinian rock throwing as a “hobby” and a “rite of passage.”

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“The article could have added another chart: the names of Israelis who have been killed or permanently maimed by rock throwers,” wrote Michael Oren, Israel’s ambassador to the U.S., in a New York Times response letter to the editor responding to Rudoren’s article.

The article “romanticized and heroized the Palestinian perpetrators,” wrote Ricki Hollander the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA).

“It is [Palestinian rock throwers]—not the Israeli dead and injured—who are presented [by Rudoren’s article] as the victims, ‘provoked by the situation,’ forced into this type of ‘futile’ hobby, only to be arrested and incarcerated by fierce, powerful Israeli soldiers,” Hollander wrote.

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