Again, CAMERA Prompts NY Times Correction on Legality of Occupation

After communication with CAMERA, the New York Times corrected an erroneous claim that the West Bank is deemed illegally occupied.

Reporter Patrick Kingsley had claimed in a June 29 piece that “most countries consider the occupation … illegal under international law.” The July 1 correction states,

An article on Thursday about Unilever’s decision to sell Ben & Jerry’s business after controversy surrounding the company’s pledge to discontinue sales in the occupied West Bank described incorrectly the Israeli occupation of the West Bank. While most of the world officially considers the West Bank to be occupied, and the settlements there illegal, there is no consensus that the occupation itself is illegal.

On two past occasions, the newspaper likewise misinformed readers by claiming the international community views the West Bank as “illegally occupied.” In each case, editors corrected after communication with CAMERA. See here and here for information on those corrections, and for details about the legality of occupations.