Settlements established by Israel in territories captured in the 1967 war have become a matter of great controversy among pro- and anti-settlement advocates who debate the legality of such communities.
The subject of Jewish settlements in the West Bank and Gaza has long provoked severely distorted coverage. Regardless of differing political views on settlement policy, information about the much-reported issue should be factual and balanced.
CAMERA prompts a swift correction at Voice of America after an editing error resulted in the mistaken claim that Israel announced plans to advance 5000 settlements. In fact, the announcement concerned 5000 housing units within several existing settlements.
CNN's Fareed Zakaria falsely cited Benjamin Netanyahu's shelved "promise of annexation of the West Bank." But the prime minister's plan involved only Israeli settlements and the Jordan Valley, some 30 percent of the West Bank, not the disputed territory in its entirety. And, contrary to Zakaria's slip, no "new settlements" have been approved.
As anyone with a passing familiarity with the region knows, there have been no Israeli settlements in Gaza since 2005.
The Washington Post is not living up to its own guidelines and standards. Its opinion pages—meant to be a place for honest debate—are increasingly a forum for anti-Israel falsehoods—and antisemitism.
The New York Times won't correct an error it has corrected twice before, and won't defend its incorrect claim. But it is simply false to claim, as does David Halbfinger and Michael Crowley, that there had been until recently a “longstanding American policy treating the settlements as illegal.”
The Associated Press has failed to either substantiate or retract the highly dubious claim that Palestinian laborers from the Jordan Valley village of Fasayil earn just $3 working on Israeli settlements. Data from the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics shows a very different picture: Palestinians working in the settlements and Israel earn more than double those working in the Palestinian private and public sectors.
CAMERA prompts correction of an AFP article republished at the Times of Israel which had erroneously reported that the Trump administration had recognized Israeli settlements. Last November, the administration stated that the settlements are not per se contrary to international law; it did not "recognize" them.
"Umm Forat," an anonymous Jewish Israeli woman married to a Palestinian and living in Ramallah, falsely alleged a "ban on Palestinians entering Israeli settlements." Prior to the Palestinian Authority order last month meant to counter the spread of coronavirus, some 25,000 Palestinians worked in the settlements.
C-SPAN aired the well known Columbia University professor promoting his latest book containing revisionist history. He defamed and otherwise disparaged Israel.
An Associated Press headline today proclaims "Watchdog says Israel's West Bank settlements surged in 2019," when, in fact, construction was started on fewer Israeli housing units in the West Bank last year compared to 2018 and 2017.