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The Guardian AGAIN falsely suggests that Tel Aviv is Israel’s capital


As absurd as it may seem to those unfamiliar with the ideological bias which colors most Israel related items published at the Guardian and ‘Comment is Free’, up until the summer of 2102 the Guardian’s Style Guide stated that Jerusalem is NOT the capital of Israel; Tel Aviv is”.  This false claim was only retracted after a complaint was filed with the PCC.  

In the August 7 edition of their ‘Corrections and Clarifications’ section, the Guardian accepted that “it is wrong to state that Tel Aviv – the country’s financial and diplomatic centre – is the capital”.

Here’s the Guardian Style Guide before the change:

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And, now:

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So, while reading the following opening passage, in a Nov. 8 article by the Guardian’s Middle East Editor Ian Black (Hawks squawk even before Iran nuclear deal is sealed), keep in mind that the paper has at least officially ‘acknowledged’ that Tel Aviv is NOT the capital of Israel and that the seat of government is located in Jerusalem.

Hardliners in Tehran, hawks in Tel Aviv and Washington, nervous Saudis and their Gulf allies are all alarmed at the prospect of a nuclear deal between Iran, the US and the international community.

The context makes it clear that Black is referring to the putatively “hardline” and “hawkish” political leaders within the governments of Iran, Israel and the United States.  Yet, while the cities (where the ‘seat of government’ is located) in Iran and the United States are correct, the paper’s Middle East “expert” bestows this status to the wrong Israeli city.

Jerusalem is of course where the Israeli Knesset, Supreme Court, Foreign Ministry and Prime Minister’s Office are located, and thus – by the Guardian’s own definition per it’s ‘amended’ style guide – is where the evidently ubiquitous ‘squawking’ Israeli ‘hawks’ routinely gather.

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The Israeli Knesset, Jerusalem

The Guardian erred on a fundamental fact about the Jewish state – ‘a mistake they’ve made more than once’.

12 replies »

  1. “Hardliners in Tehran, hawks in Tel Aviv ”

    Whilst you are right to point out such an error , you go on to admit that the article makes clear that some Israelis are using their financial, moral and political influence to prevent a deal.. as much as the Iranians ..I believe that you have successfully switched the debate away from unhelpful war mongers on both sides .

    Also I note that Steele is called a “Guardian propagandist” and yesterday he was a ” journalist ” in quotation marks. There are more effective ways to belittle Guardian journalists than to rely on such corny tactics . . You could try constantly demanding they cover the continuing violence and destruction that the Iraq disaster brought about.

    The Guardian is vulnerable in the sense that the violence that the UK has wrought on the world is way worse than Israel’s …a mere mini Satan compared to us. Making fun of job titles does not hit the mark.

    • Whilst you are right to point out such an error , you go on to admit that the article makes clear that some Israelis are using their financial, moral and political influence to prevent a deal.. as much as the Iranians ..I believe that you have successfully switched the debate away from unhelpful war mongers on both sides .

      That should ‘read’ of course, ‘makes clear that some Israelis are using their financial, moral and political influence to prevent a bad deal..’.

      I suspect that if the nuclear threats from Iran was actually removed without risking the lives of Israeli pilots, ‘some Israelis’, ALL Israelis, would be more than happy.

    • The Guardian is vulnerable in the sense that the violence that the UK has wrought on the world is way worse than Israel’s …a mere mini Satan compared to us. Making fun of job titles does not hit the mark.

      You should leave the UK immediately and go to a ‘peaceful’ country. Like Venezuela. It’s extreme socialist too so you should find many friends there who will discuss ‘peace’ with you until the cows come home. They just luv Achmedinejad and Bashar Assad. Two outstanding proponents of world peace.

      The UK is not deserving of your (sublime) presence.

    • Do you think by using Whilst makes you a classical romantic? I wouldn’t go that far, what with the straw man argument you introduced regarding undue Jewish influence. You know what, Funny Man? There’s an undue influence in your brain. It’s called Horse Shit, and the smell seeps through you like bleach to hair.

      You guys are so fake. In so many ways. Congratulations, I guess, for being the dimmest dipshits on the planet. Israel bashers… Rejoice.

  2. “Benjamin Netanyahu, who excoriated the proposed agreement as the “deal of the century” for Iran before it is made public, to generate more hysterical opposition”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/12/opinion/iran-nuclear-talks-unfinished-but-alive.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss&_r=1&

    In fact the NYTimes actually goes further in calling opposition ” hysterical ” and is way more effective than the Guardian. Are you sure you are talking the right paper?

    • Don`t get hysterical when you can`t grasp the sense of a website. It`s only poor education or missing intelligence.

    • The NY times? really?They as well as you can fall for Iranian lies hidden behind their smiles. Don;t expact Israel as well as sunni countries to do the same.

  3. I shall heretofore refer to DC as our “Seat of Government, and to New York City as our Diplomatic (the UN) and Financial Centre (Wall Street). That should provide a reportorial balance.