Peace Process & Initiatives

AP’s Disregard for Accuracy

Middle East coverage by the Associated Press has lately been fraught with errors. CAMERA has alerted the AP to these substantive errors over a period of weeks, yet editors have stonewalled and no corrections have been issued.

The Unscholarly Scholar

Professor Juan Cole of the University of Michigan, editor of the International Journal of Middle East Studies. makes politically motivated blunders.

BACKGROUNDER: “Geneva Accords”

The so-called Geneva accords, signed with much fanfare on December 1, 2003 by self-appointed negotiators Yossi Beilin and Yasser Abed Rabbo, garnered much excitement and praise in the international press. To help readers distinguish between objective reporting and advocacy journalism, CAMERA has prepared the following backgrounder on th e Geneva Accords.

CAMERA Obtains Correction at New York Times

CAMERA has obtained the following correction from the <I>New York Times</I>:

Correction (12/12/03): An article last Friday about President Bush's meeting with King Abdullah of Jordan misstated the effect that an unofficial peace plan drafted by Israelis and Palestinians, known as the Geneva plan, would have on Israeli settlements. Under that plan, Israel would give up most of the settlements in the West Bank, not keep them. But since the 400,000 Israelis in the West Bank and Jerusalem are concentrated in a few settlements and neighborhoods that Israel would keep under the plan, about 300,000 settlers would remain where they live.</P>

BBC-WATCH: BBC on Oslo

BBC’s Robin Lustig did a retrospective feature on the Oslo peace accords which aired on World Service News Hour on October 24, 2003 and appeared in article form on the BBC website. In both, Lustig distorted the facts to blame Israel.

CAMERA Letter on Road Map Published in Boston Globe: Palestinians Must Stop Violence First

“POINTERS for Sharon” (editorial, July 29) points in the wrong direction. To say that if Ariel Sharon takes the “measures” of releasing more prisoners, suspending work on a security fence, taking down more checkpoints, and freezing settlements, then “Palestinian action should be to disarm militant groups” disregards completely the basic imperatives of the peace endeavor the Globe has repeatedly praised.

Israel’s ‘Demands’

The road map is not a long or difficult document, yet some in the media have an astonishingly hard time keeping its basics straight. Key written provisos, prepared by an international "quartet" of the E.U., UN, Russia and the US, are regularly cast as irritating "demands" laid down by Israel.

Yossi Beilin’s “Road Map” Confusion

In his July 25 New York Times column, Yossi Beilin refers to the complexity of the Israeli-Palestinian situation and progress on the "road map." But rather than elucidating matters for readers, he further complicates the picture with an internal contradiction.