Monday, September 14, 2009

There he goes again...

Jeffrey Heller of Reuters is at it again, adopting the biased, historically inaccurate, and racially-loaded lexicon of Arab invasion forces which ethnically cleansed thousands of Jews from Jerusalem between 1948 and 1967. Heller writes:

"Some 500,000 Israelis live in settlements in the West Bank, land which Israel captured in a 1967 war and Palestinians seek for a state, and Arab East Jerusalem, which Israel has annexed as part of its capital in a move not recognized internationally.

When Heller employs the phrase, "Arab East Jerusalem", he is conveniently choosing to ignore 3,000 years of history during which time Jews have lived in the Old City of Jerusalem ("East Jerusalem"), well over a century of a Jewish majority in the city in modern times, and the situation today where Jews comprise approximately 42% of the population of the eastern portion of the city.

More cynically, Heller is deliberately bifurcating Jerusalem across racial lines which were coerced through invasion and ethnic cleansing. Can one imagine Reuters taking the same editorial stance with respect to say, the ethno-religious conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina? Would Reuters have had the chutzpah to proclaim "Muslim Sarajevo"?

In formally designating the eastern portion of the city as "Arab East Jerusalem", Reuters is clearly violating its Trust Principles and singling out Jews for special (discriminatory) treatment.

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