Monday, December 28, 2009

Jeffrey Heller busted

In a story appearing this morning, Reuters correspondent Jeffrey Heller, who goes many a sleepless night when Jews choose to live beyond the 1949 armistice lines, reports that Israel has announced plans to build new homes in the communities of Pisgat Zeev, Neve Yaakov and Har Homa.  Notwithstanding the fact that much of the land upon which these communities were built has only ever been owned by Jews (in many cases purchased prior to 1948), Heller asserts as fact, the area to be part of the "occupied West Bank" while affording Israel just a claim: 
Israel announced plans on Monday to build nearly 700 new homes for Jews in areas of the occupied West Bank it considers part of Jerusalem, a city it has excluded from a limited moratorium on settlement construction.
As we've previously noted, the term "West Bank" was fabricated by Jordan following the 1948 war and its ethnic cleansing of Jews living in and around Jerusalem.  Israel's name for the area is "Judea and Samaria", a reference to the region dating back centuries, which Heller omits in violation of the Reuters Handbook of Journalism:
We must be on alert for language that could imply support for one side of a conflict, sympathy for a point of view, or an ethnocentric vantage point. We should, for example, provide the dual names of disputed territories
Consistent with UN Security Council Resolution 242, the territory in question is de jure, disputed.  By their own code of ethics, Reuters correspondents are obliged to refer to the area by its dual names: "West Bank" and "Judea and Samaria".  Get with the program, Jeffrey.

UPDATE 12/31/09: Welcome readers.

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