Following CiF Watch post, Guardian corrects false claim in Peter Beaumont report

Roughly two hours ago (11:00 Israeli time), we posted about an April 2 report by the Guardian’s incoming Jerusalem correspondent Peter Beaumont which falsely claimed that Israel’s reluctance to release the final 26 pre-Oslo Palestinian prisoners was due to Netanyahu’s demand that the Palestinians first recognize Israel as a Jewish state.

We noted that this claim was contradicted not only by every other MSM report we were able to find, but by Beaumont himself.

Here is Beaumont’s claim in the April 2 report:


Now, here’s a passage from a report by Beaumont on March 31, dealing with the same topic:


As we noted, both can’t be correct.

CiF Watch (and another media watchdog group) contacted Guardian editors shortly after our post was published, requesting a correction, and (though we haven’t received a reply yet from the paper) we noticed that (at roughly 12:45 Israeli time) the report was corrected.  

Here’s the addendum at the bottom of the article:


UPDATE at 2:30: Guardian editors contacted us to explain that the error (per the addendum above) had been rectified.



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16 replies »

  1. The Guardian’s lack of courtesy in not apologising for printing such a gross error is characteristic of that newspaper in dealing with the least favoured nation. They presumably think that there is no need to be polite to Israel.

    What a revelation of their lack of the basics of human interaction! It fits well with their constant denigration of Israel and their representation of the most moral and democratic state in the region as practising illegalities which they have no ability to source or verify.

    • I don’t think that their journalistic unprofessionalism has anything to do with politeness. They lied and got caught that’s all. The correction is a lie itself – lie by omission. The condition of Netanyahu is not a “new” one, no reasonable negotiator would implement any phase of any agreement after the other side declares its unwillingness to continue the very same negotiations.

  2. Excuse me?? That’s nothing like a correction! That addendum starts off by repeating the original slander, and leaving it up on the website, and then says that they were wrong to say that, because all that happened was that Netanyahu introduced some new (unspecified) conditions. The average CIF reader could, and probably would, interpret that mealy-mouthed addendum as saying “We shouldn’t have said this in detail, so here’s the sanitised version of the same text.”

    I think you are wrong to be claiming this as a victory. The Grauniad is simply anti-Israel, period. It doesn’t make any difference how many times we complain, because they just find a new way of spewing anti-semitism.

  3. Meanwhile the Palestinian Authority applied to the following International/UN bodies:

    The Four Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949 and the First Additional Protocol, The Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, The Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, The Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Involvement of Children in armed conflict, The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women The Hague Convention (IV) respecting the Laws and Customs of War on Land and its annex: Regulations Concerning the Laws and Customs of War on Land, The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, The Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, The International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, The Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment,The United Nations Convention against Corruption, The Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, The International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid, The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

    Tells everything about these bodies and the PA

    • Maybe someone should tell the PA that those UN bodies are supposed prevent/end such behaviors. They may have gotten the idea that they support such abuses. This, of course would make them natural allies.

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