Sometimes it seems myths about the Gaza Strip are endless. With Israel disengaging, now is a good time to do some myth-busting: Let's start with the fact that it was the PLO and the UN which forced Palestinians to stay in refugee camps, not Israel. In fact, Israel actually built homes and neighborhoods in Gaza for Palestinian refugees but the UN condemned Israel's efforts, demanding that the refugees be returned to their hovels. The PLO, for its part, wasn't so subtle – it threatened to kill any refugee who dared to move.
When AP covers Palestinian refugees, the stories often uncritically present Palestinian grievances about purported Israeli "crimes." So why is it that when the wire service discusses Jewish refugees from Morocco, only glowing accounts of the Arab-Jewish relationship are cited, while the discrimination and pogroms faced by the community are overlooked completely?
Twice within two weeks, newspapers have had to correct false statements by anti-Israel activist Mazin Qumsiyeh. These two corrections, along with the many other erroneous statements by Qumsiyeh which have passed uncorrected, reveal a disregard for facts that should be a red flag for those considering reading–or publishing–his diatribes. Update: Qumsiyeh responds to CAMERA's critique.
A piece featured in the Washington Post's October 2, 2005 "Outlook" section is a magazine-length gripe filled with factual distortions. And since it also includes, in apparent obliviousness, information contradicting major points, it comes across as illogical and unintelligent. This raises a question: why did Post editors grant the author 1,717 words for "Unoccupied: No Israelis in Gaza. No Jobs, Either"?
A CAMERA letter corrected factual errors printed in a previous letter to the editor in the Boston Globe.
After a Chronicle story erroneously referred to the "expulsion of 750,000 Palestinians," a CAMERA letter clarifies that most Palestinian refugees from the 1948 war fled on their own accord to avoid hostilities, or at the urging of Arab leaders.
Israeli-American Jeff Halper tours campuses and publishes Op-Eds castigating Israel. His facts don't check out.
CAMERA prompted two NPR corrections, airing Sunday and Monday. The first corrected Linda Gradstein's false attribution of a reference about Palestinian "militants" to the Israeli army when the army had used the word "terrorists." (The softening of language is a recurring problem at NPR.) The second corrected Bob Edwards' wildly inflated figure for Palestinian refugees of the 1948 war.