Land Issues:
Israeli, Palestinian and Bedouin

The LA Times, the Bedouin of Khan Al Ahmar and ‘Their Land’

"Bedouins in the West Bank hold fast to their land as pressure builds for them to leave" is a Los Angeles Times headline for a 1600 word feature about Khan Al Ahmar which fails to report a key piece of information: when exactly they arrived on "their land" east of Jerusalem.

Palestinian Supporters Get Duped By Avaaz Online Petition

A petition by the organization Avaaz, purportedly signed by over 800,000 people, claims Israel is bulldozing a brave community into the ground. Signatories to the petition aren't told much beyond that. Here are the facts.

Backgrounder on the Bedouin Land Dispute

A solution to the property claims of the Negev Beduin has so far defied resolution. The media fails to provide enough historical context to understand the arguments presented by both sides of the dispute.

The Economist Squeezes Out the Truth

In a May 4th article in print and online, The Economist inverts the facts, casting a Palestinian attempt to take over land in the West Bank by erecting illegal structures as an Israeli land grab.

Whose Land? Ha’aretz Distorts Eli Land’s Status

Ha'aretz reports that the Civil Administration determined that at least 166 homes in the settlement of Eli were built on private Palestinian land. Yet the administration has never made such a determination.

Phyllis Bennis’ Israel Problem

Arguing in the Los Angeles Times Web site that Israel's "fundamental policy towards the Palestinians" is land "theft," Phyllis Bennis is compelled to ignore Israel's Gaza withdrawal and multiple offers to turn over almost the entire West Bank.

Kristof’s One-Sided Look at “Two Sides of a Fence”

In his July 1, 2010 column, "The Two Sides of a Barbed-Wire Fence," New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof blames Israel for Palestinian cave dwelling that began in 1830, conceals Israeli attempts to integrate Bedouin into towns with running water, and generally misleads readers about the conflict.