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UKMW prompts 2nd British media correction to false Amnesty claim on “settler-only roads”


Last week, we posted about a correction we prompted at The Telegraph to an article about Prince William’s upcoming trip to the region.  The piece, in contextualising criticism about William’s visit, included a quote from Amnesty International falsely suggested the existence of “settler only” roads in the West Bank.

Here’s the original quote:

As we noted in our post, there have never been “Jewish-only” or “settler-only” roads anywhere in the West Bank (or, of course, anywhere in Israel).  Following our communication with the Telegraph journalist, the quote was amended to remove the part about “settler-only” roads.

Later that same day, we noticed the same Amnesty quote used in a June 12th article at the Daily Mail on Prince William’s Mid-East trip. 

Following our tweet, we contacted Daily Mail editors, who similarly amended the quote to remove the “settlers-only” roads claim.

Here’s the new sentence:

We also noticed the same Amnesty quote in a Guardian article from late May and contacted Guardian editors, but haven’t yet received a reply.

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  1. So these three articles all quote the same lying source, ie Amnesty International. We should be contacting AI and blasting them for continually lying about this issue. They seem not to care – editors will simply pick up whatever press release they receive, often without checking it (and that’s why you also keep up the pressure on the media), but when the source is poisoned, it’s much more difficult to deal with the infection.

    I wonder whether it’s worth having some pre-emptive contact with the Palace’s press office regarding the care with which press releases about William’s trip will be scrutinised, and making sure that they are at least aware of the issues…

  2. Are there any roads limited to only ‘settlers’? That’s the correct question. Does one need to show ‘settler’ ID to pass through? And of course the answer is no, there are no exclusive roads for ‘settlers’. The entire thing is a fiction, and the term is a euphemism used to cover up an unsavory meaning, a thin veneer over an ancient prejudice. Just like so-called “anti-zionism.”