Washington Post reporting on illegal Arab construction leaves much to be desired, and even more unsaid.
"Bedouins in the West Bank hold fast to their land as pressure builds for them to leave" is a Los Angeles Times headline for a 1600 word feature about Khan Al Ahmar which fails to report a key piece of information: when exactly they arrived on "their land" east of Jerusalem.
A petition by the organization Avaaz, purportedly signed by over 800,000 people, claims Israel is bulldozing a brave community into the ground. Signatories to the petition aren't told much beyond that. Here are the facts.
A solution to the property claims of the Negev Beduin has so far defied resolution. The media fails to provide enough historical context to understand the arguments presented by both sides of the dispute.
In a May 4th article in print and online, The Economist inverts the facts, casting a Palestinian attempt to take over land in the West Bank by erecting illegal structures as an Israeli land grab.
Ha'aretz reports that the Civil Administration determined that at least 166 homes in the settlement of Eli were built on private Palestinian land. Yet the administration has never made such a determination.
Arguing in the Los Angeles Times Web site that Israel's "fundamental policy towards the Palestinians" is land "theft," Phyllis Bennis is compelled to ignore Israel's Gaza withdrawal and multiple offers to turn over almost the entire West Bank.
The Economist depicts Bedouin resettlement to cities as akin to land expropriation. The article fails to adequately consider the real problems of population expansion, modernization and limited land space.
Fox News Jerusalem reporter Reena Ninan falsely charged Israel with land discrimination against Palestinian residents of Jerusalem, based only on claims from a radical NGO called Ir Amim (City of Nations).
In his July 1, 2010 column, "The Two Sides of a Barbed-Wire Fence," New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof blames Israel for Palestinian cave dwelling that began in 1830, conceals Israeli attempts to integrate Bedouin into towns with running water, and generally misleads readers about the conflict.