Palestinian Refugees
and "Right of Return"

‘Nightline’ Stonewalls on Balance Issue

An April 22 "Nightline" segment by Richard Gizbert conforms to a pattern which features interviewees sharing one point of view–opposition to Israel and/or its policies and sympathy to Arab concerns. In the following letter, CAMERA presses "Nightline" to produce the date of just one broadcast within the last year which was tilted towards Israel. Though ABC officials have in the past alleged that the program's record is "even on the whole," the network has yet to respond to CAMERA's simple request.

Los Angeles Times Corrects One Laura King Error, Leaves the Other Standing

CAMERA staff and members prompted a Los Angeles Times correction on correspondent Laura King's April 24 article which grossly overstated the number of Palestinian refugees from the 1948 war. Editors, however, declined to correct a second error in King's article that day, in which she misrepresented the Israeli army description of West Bank raids

CAMERA Obtains Correction at the Washington Post

A letter from CAMERA to the Washington Post prompted a correction on an article which vastly overstated the number of Palestinian refugees. Today's correction is similar to a New York Times correction two days ago which CAMERA also elicited. 

CAMERA Obtains Correction at New York Times

In response to correspondence from CAMERA, the New York Times printed the following correction concerning the number of Palestinian refugees from the 1948 war:

Palestinian Refugees: ‘Forgotten’ People?

"The refugees feel as if they have been forgotten by the world," the Boston Globe's Jill Carroll says of Palestinian exiles fleeing Iraq ("Palestinian refugees struggle in Jordan," July 20). In fact, Palestinian refugees, by the international yardstick of the United Nations, hardly constitute a "forgotten" people.

CAMERA Op-Ed: Arab Rejectionism Fuels Conflict

Contrary to Elaine W. Shiber’s account of Israeli history, Israel has continuously pursued peace and has encountered Arab rejection and war. Like Americans, Israelis seek peace. Israelis, however, face a terrorist regime at their very doorstep. Tiny Israel, no larger than the state of New Jersey, is surrounded by 22 Arab nations that have launched four wars against it, in ‘48, ‘67, ‘73 and 2000.

Washington Post Wrong on Refugees

Washington Post's Howard Schneider makes the surprising claim that: "The fate of an estimated 8.6 million displaced Palestinians and their descendants, including more than 3 million registered for humanitarian aid in Gaza, the West Bank and nearby Arab countries, is among the central issues to be resolved in any Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement." The highest number heard from advocates of the Palestinian "right of return" in the context of Israeli- Palestinian peace agreements is 5 million.

American Bar Association Journal Libels Israel

ABA Journal, published by the American Bar Association, features as the cover story for its December issue an article on the Palestinian refugee problem that is seriously marred by numerous errors, omissions and distortions. Written by Jeffrey Ghannam, a staffer at the magazine, the article misrepresents Middle East history and international law to falsely portray the Palestinians and the Arabs generally as blameless victims of Israeli aggression, where the reverse is much closer to the truth.