After contact from CAMERA, The Washington Post has issued a correction to its Aug. 29, 2016 article “The battle of the huts: A miserable village on the West Bank is the object of a Mideast cold war.”
That Post report claimed, among other things, that “The Israeli government right now wants to formally annex Area C in the West Bank, where 200 Jewish settlements are located, saying that a two-state solution is unworkable.”
Yet, as CAMERA noted in correspondence to Post editors and staff on August 30, the Israeli government does not want to formally annex Area C in the West Bank (Judea and Samaria). No Israeli government has ever stated as policy the formal annexation of Area C. Arguably the closest to such an instance would be proposals by Israeli politician Naftali Bennett, but none of these were adopted and as such cannot be said to be “Israeli government” policy.
In their Sept. 2, 2016 print edition, The Washington Post corrected:
“An Aug. 29 Page One article about a Palestinian village that Israel deems illegal incorrectly said that the Israeli government wants to formally annex Area C in the West Bank, where 200 Jewish settlements are located. Some members of the Israeli right want to annex the area.”
An online version of the Post article (“Israel wants to bulldoze this ramshackle village, but Europe is providing life support,” Aug. 28, 2016) initially mirrored the print version’s language. However, on Aug. 29, 2016 the article was changed to read “The Israeli right now wants to formally annex Area C in the West Bank,” deleting the word “government.” This correction was not formally noted in the online version.
CAMERA has asked that the online version notate that this change was made. Stay tuned for updates.