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: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.
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.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.
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