CAMERA provides a backgrounder on the history of and conflict over that city.
--Once again, the dishonest battle cry to "defend" the Al Aqsa mosque from Jewish plans of takeover, is being cynically used as a clarion call for violent jihad. It is the latest salvo in a war against Judaism's legacy in Jerusalem. CAMERA provides background on the battle over the Temple Mount, which is based on Muslim claims of supremacy and fought on multiple political and violent battlefronts.
One of the main obstacles to previous peace-making efforts in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict has been the issue of dividing Jerusalem. There is no doubt that these competing demands and claims will be difficult to reconcile. It is made all the more difficult by a media that errs or misleads on the topic. This backgrounder addresses common media misrepresentations regarding Jerusalem.
CAMERA prompts correction after AFP that Jerusalem became a city sacred to Jews during the Muslim conquest in the seventh century. In fact, the Muslim conquest of Jerusalem came some 1500 years after the city gained its holy status in Judaism and centuries after it became holy in Christianity.
CAMERA today prompts correction of a series of AFP captions which erroneously reported that access to the Dome of the Rock Muslim shrine has been cut off since 2003.
The Washington Post uses unattributed Palestinian officials and shady NGOs as sources in a lengthy report on an archaeological dig in Jerusalem.
The outcome of the General Assembly vote about Jerusalem was predictable, if not surprisingly lacking the number of supporters pro-Palestinian votes tend to attract. But to the New York Times, it was astounding.
"The Jerusalem Issue, Explained" by Max Fisher exposes once again the Times' own bias and ignorance when it comes to Israel.
The media is almost willfully misreporting the Dec. 6, 2017 announcement that the U.S. would recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and implement the 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Act.
The New York Times engaged in historical revisionism about Jerusalem with the publication of a lengthy background essay that minimizes historic Jewish ties to the city and is filled with erroneous assertions, misleading quotes and belittling aspersions about Jewish belief.
It is true that this section of Jerusalem was exclusively Arab in 1967. This is because Jews, long a majority and plurality in these parts of the city, were forced out in 1948, when the area was seized by Jordanian troops.
A recent New York Times piece quoted one Israeli speaking in support of formal US recognition of Israel's capital. And it quoted a PLO member, two Fatah leaders, two Hamas leaders, a Hamas statement, Palestinian Jerusalem resident, an Israeli NGO worker, and two former diplomats criticizing the move.