Sunday, May 14, 2006
Ok, this is just silly. Getting the nuance of a word wrong here and there is one thing, but misreporting unarguable facts from the historical record in order to weaken one side's standing in a dispute is no longer journalism, it's propaganda.
Israel was not established in a war by bloodthirsty Jews who wrested a state from Arabs by force as the caption might lead you to believe. It was established by a vote of the UN. The immediately subsequent 1948 Arab-Israeli War was the one in which the nascent Jewish state was saved from annihilation at the hands of five invading Arab armies who wished to establish in blood what they refused through negotiated agreement.
Note yet again which direction the arrow of error points and please keep it in mind when looking for any sort of "truth" in the reporting on this conflict.
UPDATE: Lot's more great info on where the idea of this "old state of Palestine" comes from at Common Folk Using Common Sense.