Continuing coverage of the Guardian’s ‘Capital’ humiliation: Headlines

As we reported yesterday (here and here), the Guardian, in a rare nod to reality, surrendered and acknowledged that Tel Aviv is NOT Israel’s capital. (See HonestReporting’s account here.)

Here’s their correction:

“A correction to a picture caption said we should not have described Jerusalem as the Israeli capital. It went on to relay the advice in our style guide that the capital was Tel Aviv. In 1980 the Israeli Knesset enacted a law designating the city of Jerusalem, including East Jerusalem, as the country’s capital. In response, the UN security council issued resolution 478, censuring the “change in character and status of the Holy City of Jerusalem” and calling on all member states with diplomatic missions in the city to withdraw. The UN has reaffirmed this position on several occasions, and almost every country now has its embassy in Tel Aviv. While it was therefore right to issue a correction to make clear Israel’s designation of Jerusalem as its capital is not recognised by the international community, we accept that it is wrong to state that Tel Aviv – the country’s financial and diplomatic centre – is the capital. The style guide has been amended accordingly (Corrections and Clarifications, 23 April, page 27).”

Here’s the Guardian Style Guide on Jerusalem before the change:

And, now:

So, in a blatant attempt to enjoy the Guardian’s humiliation (I must find a synonym for the word ‘Schadenfreude’) here’s a quick run down of a few of the stories (and accompanying headlines) about the Guardian’s submission.

Guido Fawkes:

Times of Israel

Jerusalem Post



The Jewish Chronicle

The Jewish Daily Forward

Jewish News 1

Jewish News One’s video on the Guardian correction:

Click image to go to video


HonestReporting’s graphic accompanying their victory over the Guardian:

However, here’s a Guardian ‘correction’ from April, which AKUS commented on:

It looks like the Guardian’s ‘Corrections and clarifications column editor’ has some work to do.

I’d suggest contacting the Guardian’s Readers’ Editor and request that the April ‘clarification’ be corrected.

Also, Leslie Palmer is the Guardian’s ‘Corrections and Clarifications’ Editor.

Finally, it looks like the following book will have to be revised for 2012.

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  1. I must find a synonym for the word ‘Schadenfreude’

    I’ve never understood the fuss over Schadenfreude. In English it’s called “gloating”.

    That said: how many languages have a word for “gloater”?

    • Gloating and schadenfreude are NOT the same. The meaning is in the word, Schaden means Damage, and Freude means Joy. The Joy in someone’s Damage. Very German. Very destructive , a characteristic which appeals to the lowest impulses and is ultimately self defeating. From a karmic pov it is straight to hell.

  2. Yeah, but gloating doesn’t imply taking pleasure over someone else’s pain or loss, like ‘Schadenfreude’ denotes. ‘Gloating’ merely means excessive celebration over your own victory, right?

    • gloating doesn’t imply taking pleasure over someone else’s pain or loss

      It absolutely does.

      ‘Gloating’ merely means excessive celebration over your own victory, right?

      The medieval gloaters were there to celebrate some other poor soul’s downfall.

      • Wow. You’d almost think there were some complete and utter dickhead disagreeing with anything I say.

        Why does CiFW attract these mental midgets?

        • Pretz, You’re right about gloat.
          gloat – contemplate or dwell on one’s own success of another’s misfortune with smugness or malignant pleasure.

          “Wow. You’d almost think there were some complete and utter dickhead disagreeing with anything I say.”

          Yes, I’m sure there is. And, of course, there are those who reflexively disagree with anything and everything positive about Israel that anyone here says. It’s a given, no?

    • Part and parcel of German Schadenfreude is the inability of most Germans to empathize with someone’s else’s success. Most Germans will more likely be jealous or envious about someone else’s win as opposed to take pleasure in someone else’s joy. Another great German word which goes well with schadenfreude is ‘Sozialneid’ which means social envy. In the USA or most other cultures someone’s happiness and success is usually shared. In Germany people will often find some reason to obstruct that feeling by finding some petty reason. As in ‘ he only got the job because of his dad’. It is as if they are cursed. The inability to empathize with someone’s joy and success is very sad. Having lived in Germany, the UK, the USA and Israel and many other cultures I can attest to this rather unique perversity. Ultimately it is self defeating and causes much grief in Germany. I often wonder if this helped the Nazis ?

  3. Love Tel Aviv as I do, it technically it is not even the diplomatic centre of Israel as ambassadors present their credentials to the president in Jerusalem and the foreign office does its business in Jerusalem as well.

    • And obviously the reason there are consulates in Jerusalem is because it is very unlikely that Israeli government ministers will go to TA to meet with foreign diplomats rather than the other way around. This gives the other countries an out, while implicitly recognizing where Israel’s capital really is. All high level meetings are held in Jerusalem.

      • Except the ones that require beach, night outing, good football and rail links…
        emphasis on the rail links.

  4. Am I missing something here? Since when does the UN dictate what the capital is of one of its member states? I would have thought that it was the right of a sovereign state to decide where its own capital is.

    • Sally, you make a great point. It’s a usurpation of power by the UN to attempt to overrule Israeli law on its own sovereign territory. Until this Arab inspired, Cold War relic of an “edict” is rescinded, the UN will be rightfully seen to be little more than a kangaroo court with crooked judges.

  5. Congratulations to Cifwatch for leading the campaign to stop the Guardian calling Tel Aviv the capital of Israel. I totally agree with Sally above: what right does the UN have to decide where the capital of a sovereign country is (or isn’t).

    • Yup – that is the state of play according to the “international community”. They don’t recognise Jerusalem, and Israel ain’t gonna choose anywhere else.

    • The only capital in Israel is the capital letter “I”, according to the “international community”…

  6. These are the capital cities of the following countries according to the Word of N. I. Wood: England – Birmingham (after all, I was born there); France – Toulouse (c’mon,. you all know why); Germany – Nuremberg (a-hem) ….. I’ve no need to go on. Schadenfreude be-doodled, for once ‘The Guardian’ has been well and truly trumped. All those behind its humiliating if typically circumlocutory and verbose fall from grace are to be congratulated.

  7. Gloating Schadenfreude drool crow enjoy exult all in good order when it comes to the Guardian’s mealy mouth retraction…………….

  8. The Guardian knows exactly where Israel’s capital is they have their ditzy correspondent Harriet living there.

  9. My style guide considers the Guardian as a “hack site barely fit to line virtual bird cages.”

    Interesting, and not so coincidentally, my style guide refers to Harriet Sherwood as “That ditz” and the CiF section as “A hate filled shit zone.”

    My style guide has style.