Settlements established by Israel in territories captured in the 1967 war have become a matter of great controversy among pro- and anti-settlement advocates who debate the legality of such communities.
The subject of Jewish settlements in the West Bank and Gaza has long provoked severely distorted coverage. Regardless of differing political views on settlement policy, information about the much-reported issue should be factual and balanced.
The New York Times won't correct an error it has corrected twice before, and won't defend its incorrect claim. But it is simply false to claim, as does David Halbfinger and Michael Crowley, that there had been until recently a “longstanding American policy treating the settlements as illegal.”
The Associated Press has failed to either substantiate or retract the highly dubious claim that Palestinian laborers from the Jordan Valley village of Fasayil earn just $3 working on Israeli settlements. Data from the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics shows a very different picture: Palestinians working in the settlements and Israel earn more than double those working in the Palestinian private and public sectors.
CAMERA prompts correction of an AFP article republished at the Times of Israel which had erroneously reported that the Trump administration had recognized Israeli settlements. Last November, the administration stated that the settlements are not per se contrary to international law; it did not "recognize" them.
"Umm Forat," an anonymous Jewish Israeli woman married to a Palestinian and living in Ramallah, falsely alleged a "ban on Palestinians entering Israeli settlements." Prior to the Palestinian Authority order last month meant to counter the spread of coronavirus, some 25,000 Palestinians worked in the settlements.
C-SPAN aired the well known Columbia University professor promoting his latest book containing revisionist history. He defamed and otherwise disparaged Israel.
An Associated Press headline today proclaims "Watchdog says Israel's West Bank settlements surged in 2019," when, in fact, construction was started on fewer Israeli housing units in the West Bank last year compared to 2018 and 2017.
There are no legal barriers to non-Jewish Israelis purchasing homes in West Bank settlements.
CAMERA rebuts a Washington Post op-ed by two former U.S. State Department officials that incorrectly asserts that settlements are the chief obstruction to peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
A recent Politico report on U.S. policies towards "settlements" omits important history and wrongly claims that they are a "clear violation of international law." But as CAMERA noted in The Times of Israel, the truth is more complex than Politico's narrative allows.
There is no better illustration of the prevailing political advocacy journalism than the recent coverage of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s announcement about the current administration’s position on Israeli settlements.