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After weeks of exhaustive geographical research, the Guardian discovers Gaza’s southern border


In the context of this blog’s continuing communication with the Guardian over factual and historical inaccuracies in their reporting on Israel and the Middle East, one recent communication seemed straight forward enough.

We pointed out to Guardian editors that a report, “10 highlights of Palestine“, by Sarah Irving, Guardian, Nov. 18th, which including the following passage, was categorically false.

Granted, tourism to Palestine still faces many challenges, not least the Israeli border authorities who control all routes into the West Bank and Gaza.

As we posted shortly after Irving’s story was published, Israeli border authorities certainly do not control all routes into Gaza, as the territory borders Egypt, which controls Gaza’s Rafah crossing.

We discovered this cartographical omission by use of our blog’s highly advanced satellite technology (Google Maps), which demonstrated the following:

Yes, Gaza borders Egypt, which controls the Rafah crossing.

Today, the Guardian updated the geographically challenged passage, and the post now adds as an addendum :

This article was amended on 15 December 2011. The original said the Israeli border authorities controlled all routes into the West Bank and Gaza. This has been corrected.

After nearly a month of no doubt exhaustive research, the Guardian (and perhaps Sarah Irving) has discovered a route into Gaza not controlled by Israel.

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  1. This article was amended on 15 December 2011. The original said the Israeli border authorities controlled all routes into the West Bank and Gaza. This has been corrected.

    Don’t be expecting a medal for that tardy correction.

  2. Well Adam there might be no medals for tardy corrections, but your title made me laugh. I do think that the Guardian should pay you for being their most dedicated and concerned editor.

  3. I’d just love to know what Sarah Irving thinks about all of this. Wait, in fact, I think I’ll Tweet the post to her and see if she responds!

    • It’s a sign of a dreadful childhood, poor thing when you go out of your way to help people and they don’t even acknowledge it

  4. All I can say is that if any serious civil disturbance develops here in the UK, the guardian employees need to be very careful because I’m sure (not me, of course) there are patriots who will be seeking them out.

  5. Adam, did Irving deliberately miss out the information? That is tempting to believe given where she was writing, but it may be that like her fellow “journalists” chez Guardian she was too lazy to check her work or do any research.

  6. “Israeli border authorities who control all routes into the West Bank and Gaza”

    Are there no routes from Jordan into the West Bank?