New York Times issues correction

If only the world could issue a correction as easily as the New York Times, arguably the flagship paper of the United States.

Think about it.

The 1948 Nakba — when the Zionists forcibly expelled, exterminated 1000s of Palestinians from their homes and land — that was a terrible mistake.

Issue a correction.

Palestinian refugees (British Mandate of Palestine - 1948). "Making their way from Galilee in October-November 1948"

Palestinian refugees (British Mandate of Palestine – 1948). “Making their way from Galilee in October-November 1948”

The past 65 years of demeaning , dehumanizing subjugation of the Palestinians by one Israeli administration after another was a mistake.

Issue a correction.

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The ugly barrier wall that Israel built that divides Palestinian families, and many Palestinians from their lands and orchards — admittedly an eyesore and a mistake.

Issue a correction.

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Harassing and killing Palestinian fishermen who might stray over the arbitrary distance  from shore that the Israeli Occupation Forces allow them to fish in — a silly mistake.

Issue a correction.

Palestinian fisherman with his sons carrying nets.

Palestinian fisherman with his sons carrying nets.

Operation Cast Lead — Israel’s 22 day war in Dec. ’08 – Jan ’09 against the people of Gaza leaving 1400 (mostly civilians) dead and 1000s more injured — oops, that was a mistake too!

Issue a correction.

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Not allowing Palestinian students in Gaza to travel abroad for their studies, or allow businessmen to import/export goods, or allow basic supplies like diesel fuel for the power generating plant and medicines for the hospital — please accept our huge apologies, it was a mistake.

Issue a correction.

Young Palestinians learning to speak English.

Young Palestinians learning to speak English.

Or keeping 1.7 million people in the Gaza Strip in such miserable conditions that the United Nations believes the place won’t be livable by 2020. A tragic mistake!

Issue a correction!

UN predicts Gaza will be unlivable by 2020.

UN predicts Gaza will be unlivable by 2020.

Although the New York Times editor hasn’t figured out how to whip out his pen and issue a correction for any of these evils resulting from Israel’s Occupation, he did print the following correction today.

Correction: March 7, 2014

An earlier version of this article referred imprecisely to Gaza. Although the United Nations, many individual countries and Gazans themselves regard it as occupied by Israel, Israel withdrew all its forces and Jewish settlers from Gaza in 2005, while maintaining strict border control. Read the full NYTimes article here.

W-R-O-N-G!!!

Mr. Editor —– Gaza IS Occupied territory. Israel IS the occupying power. And your correction needs to be corrected.

“Occupation” is a legal designation of an international natureIsrael’s occupation of Gaza continues to the present day because (a) Israel continues to exercise “effective control”over this area, (b) the conflict that produced the occupation has not ended, and (c) an occupying state cannot unilaterally (and without international/diplomatic agreement) transform the international status of occupied territory except, perhaps, if that unilateral action terminates all manner of effective control.  The full article is here.

The government of Israel wants the world to believe it’s no longer occupying the Gaza Strip because, among other reasons, if it can pull the wool over all of our eyes, it won’t be obliged under International Humanitarian Law to care for the Palestinians living in Gaza.

The New York Times was suckered into issuing this erroneous correction. I hope someone educates the editor on the fine points of international law.

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