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BBC WATCH: BBC's Outdated Map Misleads

A Jan. 29 BBC Web site news story about the bombing of a Jerusalem bus in the Rehavia neighborhood that day was accompanied by a map 37 years out of date. Pictured below, it includes an area southeast of Rehavia labeled “No Man’s Land”:

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While that portion of the city was a “No Man’s Land” from 1948 until 1967, when Jordan illegally occupied half the city, it has been fully under Israel’s control since then. Pictured below is a map of the divided city from 1948 to 1967 (Martin Gilbert’s Atlas of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, page 51):

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Today, the city actually looks like this:

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What BBC erroneously labeled as “No Man’s Land,” actually includes the two Israeli neighborhoods of Jewish East Talpiot and Arab Sur Bahir.

One can only speculate as to why BBC used an old and outdated map to indicate the site of a Palestinian terrorist attack, rather than an up-to-date map showing that it was in the heart of Israel’s capital city.

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