Borders, Security Barrier and Checkpoints

Media Misreport on 1967 Ceasefire Lines

After a policy speech in which Barack Obama said the “1967 lines” should be the basis of a future border between Israelis and Palestinians, major media organizations wrongly announced that the president referenced “1967 borders.” The difference between the two terms — borders and lines — is extremely significant.

Time Adopts the Language of Anti-Israel Activists

Partisan activists call Israel's barrier a "wall" in hopes of evoking Berlin, call Palestinians the "natives" in hopes of casting Jews as colonial outsiders, and conflate Jewishness with Israeli citizenship to allege racism. Why is Time Magazine adopting their biased language?

A Checkpoint Checkup

Crowded QalandiaThe AP reported on how long it takes Palestinians to get through the "humiliating" Qalandia checkpoint near Jerusalem. They omitted that it was quicker than travelers get through security checkpoints at some major US airports.

Ha’aretz’s Ode to an ‘Apartheid Road’

CAMERA photographs Palestinian private cars, taxis, buses, trucks and pedestrians on Route 505 in the West Bank, dubbed "an exemplary apartheid road -- for Jews only" by Ha'aretz's Noam Ben-Zeev.

At LA Times Bilin Stone-Throwing is Nonviolent

In his article today about the allegedly peaceful and nonviolent Bilin demonstrations, Richard Boudreaux of the Los Angeles Times discounts the rock-throwers who have injured some 200 Israeli soldiers and border policemen.

Robert Novak – Misplaced Praised

The late Robert D. Novak was much-praised for his fact-based commentary. Yet his columns on Israel, U.S.-Israel ties and American supporters of the Jewish state amounted to a decades'-long, error-filled screed.

Heart of Jenin (2009)

Edited for PBS' Wide Angle TV episode from the original German documentary "Das Herz von Jenin" Produced and directed by: Leon Geller and Markus Vetter English, German 52 minutes
The film tells a story about breaking down barriers between Palestinians and Jews, but it falls back onto the usual formula portrayal of callous Israelis and blameless Palestinians.

UPDATED: Papal Visit in Israel Tests the LA Times

The Los Angeles Times today corrects one of three errors found in its coverage of the Pope's visit to Israel. The two omitted errors had been previously corrected by the paper back in 2003 and 2008.