UKMW prompts Economist correction to misattributed dialogue in review of the play ‘Oslo’

An Oct. 6th review of the play ‘Oslo’ published in The Economist included the following paragraph:

…there are glimpses of a shared humanity as the characters warm to each other, sprint around the stage plastered on whisky and joke together about their region of the world. Of course the Norwegian vision of unity does not always prevail. Characters also scream, accuse each other of murder and of stealing land, and even come to blows. “In my country, we see you as terrorists and murderers who wish to drive us into the sea!” yells one of the Palestinian negotiators to his Israeli counterpart. “In my country, we see you as a savage nation whose army shoots our children for sport!” the man responds in kind.

However (as you can see in this PBS clip of the dialogue), its naturally the Israeli negotiator who yells that “in my country, we see you as terrorists and murderers who wish to drive us into the sea!”, and the Palestinian who accuses Israel of ‘shooting our children for sport’ – not as stated. 

We tweeted the Economist’s Culture Editor, Fiametta Rocco, alerting her to the error, and followed up with an email.

A couple of hours later, we received the following tweet from their Assistant Editor for Arts and Books, Rachel Lloyd:

The text was indeed corrected, and the following addendum added:

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  1. Nevertheless, the fact that they simply ascribed the wrong quote to the Israeli reflects once again the depth of their unthinking bias against Israel.

    Kahneman (“Thinking Fast, Thinking Slow”) could have a field day with this – take a group of students and show them a list of twenty five nasty comments and ask them to guess which were said by Israelis and which by Palestinians without stopping to think (e.g., you have 30 seconds to finish the list) .

  2. Yes it is quite right to point this out but good grief in a world where the Moron in chief is helping Nazis walk through the streets of the US is it relevant?

    • “is it relevant?”

      Of course it is relevant.
      The purpose of this site, as is clearly indicated at the top of this page, is “Promoting fair and accurate coverage of Israel ”

      Are you being deliberately obtuse, or are you genuinely that thick that you do not understand the purpose of this website.
      If you are concerned about the President of the USA and his policies, why not find a website that deals with that issue and go there. Alternatively start your own website and discuss what you like.

      But your constant attempts to divert the purpose of this website to what you think it should be about is beyond tedious.

      • And just to confirm your status as ‘Odious little creep in chief’ Berchmans. Once again you display your sick desire to single out and attack the USA.
        “..Nazis walk through the streets of the US..” So you are concerned about Nazis walking the streets in the US, but can’t be bothered to mention the Neo Nazis in Britain who are in court for plotting to murder a Member of Parliament.

    • Thank you for your concern, Berchmans, I just don’t know how I am able to safely make it home every night having to run through a gauntlet of Nazis and KKK. They’re just everywhere! No sense in mentioning any antisemitic anti-zionism in the UK, especially on the illiberal, authoritarian left until the huge emergency is over here in the US.