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CiF Watch Prompts Guardian Correction of Livni Quote


CiF Watch, a CAMERA affiliate, has prompted a correction of a Comment is Free article by Michael Brull in which he truncated a quote by former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, misrepresenting her description of the Palestinian view on Israeli settlements as her own view.
 
In his Nov. 26 piece ("Australia's U-turn on Israeli settlements in occupied territories is shameful"), Brull distorted Livni's statement, stating:
Livni knows perfectly well why Israel builds settlements. In another candid moment, she explained that the Israel policy is to take more and more land day after day and that at the end of the day we’ll say that it is impossible we already have the land and cannot create the state.” Livni admitted that this “was the policy of the government for a really long time.” She claimed that whilst it “is still the policy of some of the parties”, the government policy has changed. That was a less candid moment.
However, as CiF Watch noted:
 
However, it’s Brull who is being “less than candid”, as his quote is a mischaracterization of what Livni said (during negotiations with the Palestinians in 2007), as documented in the “Palestine Papers” released by the Guardian in 2011. Indeed, as was widely reported at the time, the Guardian was forced to issue the following correction to a story they published on Jan. 24, 2011 which used the same Livni quote.  
 
Here’s their correction on Feb. 12, 2011:
 
In response to CiF Watch's communication with editors concerning Brull's use of the truncated quote, the Guardian commendably amended the text and appended the following:
For additional Guardian corrections prompted by CiF Watch and CAMERA, see here.

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