Corrections

UKMW prompts Guardian correction to Palestinian refugee claim


Last week, we posted about a July 25th Guardian review of a new science fiction book by Palestinian writers imagining “what their country might look like in 2048” that included this historical inaccuracy by the journalist, Alison Flood: 

Twelve acclaimed Palestinian writers have imagined what their country might look like in 2048, 100 years after the Nakba saw more than 700,000 people expelled from their homes, in what is believed to be the first ever collection of science fiction from the occupied territories.

As we noted to Flood in a tweet, and to editors in our complaint, there are no serious historians who claim that all 700,000 Palestinians were “expelled” during the 1948 war.  It’s been demonstrated that most fled in the context of an Arab war of annihilation against the nascent Jewish state, not because of an expulsion order.  We reminded the Guardian that their own journalists are almost always careful with their language about this issue, merely claiming that “some were expelled and some fled”.

Though we never heard back from Guardian editors, Flood, to her credit, did eventually respond to apologise, and informed us that the sentence would be corrected. 

Here’s the new sentence:

Twelve acclaimed Palestinian writers have imagined what their country might look like in 2048, 100 years after the Nakba saw more than 700,000 people flee or expelled from their homes, in what is believed to be the first ever collection of science fiction from the occupied territories.

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  1. An utter disgrace
    Most media especially the BBC in England are biased and anti Semitic plus the Labour Party and Jeremy Corbyn.
    Even Trump and his prejudice towards especially the Mexicans.
    North Korea and its treatment of its people.
    Saudi Arabia and it terrible policy against homosexuality and throwing men to their deaths of high rise buildings.
    China and its human abuses and killing of child prisoners from simple criminal offences.
    Countries that accept female genital mutations as acceptable
    Forced marriage
    Child marriage
    Acid attacked in certain communities
    My list goes on

    • jacquline, Maybe your country will take in millions of Mexicans, in addition to the millions of Muslims flooding into your country, so the US won’t have to.

        • We have more people leaving than coming into English.
          As long as they are either asylum seekers or
          Fleeing wars or professional people like doctors, nurses, psychologists, radiographers,
          People with skills plus the fruit pockets and agricultural workers we will benefit from their skills.

  2. Ok, maybe that is half the job. If they are going to talk about Arabs who were displaced at that time, they should also mention that there was an equal or greater number of Jews who were expelled (yes, in this case, actually expelled) from Arab nations. They might also point out that the one Jewish nation in the world absorbed their share of Jewish refugees so that there are no remaining Jewish refugees but none of the 50+ Arab or Muslim nations absorbed the Arabs, resulting in the refugee problem that they refer to.