Tag: Tel Aviv

Why do so many journalists peddle the lie that Tel Aviv is the capital of Israel?

The repeated media lie that ‘Tel Aviv is Israel’s capital’ represents a broader UK media pattern of what we call ‘advocacy journalism’: the belief held by many reporters that they have a moral duty (in the spirit of ‘comforting the afflicted and afflicting the powerful’) to advocate on behalf of Palestinians and give credence to their narrative, a duty which transcends their ethical responsibilities as professional journalists to be objective and tell the truth.  

UKMW prompts 2nd correction in 2 weeks to Times of London claim Tel Aviv is Israel’s capital

Though most countries don’t recognize Jerusalem as the capital (for diplomatic reasons pertaining the peace process), Israel declared Jerusalem its capital in 1949 (only ‘West’ Jerusalem until 1967) and the Knesset, Supreme Court, Prime Minister’s Office, Bank of Israel and most government ministries are located in the city. So, it would seem intuitive for journalists and editors – whatever their views regarding the political issues at play – would use the word “Jerusalem” to convey this simple fact to readers.

What the Guardian can teach the Czech Ministry of Education about Israel

Following complaints from the Palestinian Ambassador to Prague, the Czech Education Ministry decided that Tel Aviv will replace Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in Czech school atlases used by elementary and secondary school students. “The data in the atlas will be corrected as of the New Year,” a Prague news site quoted a Czech Education Ministry spokeswoman as saying.

UK Media Watch prompts Guardian correction to claim Tel Aviv is Israeli capital

This morning, we contacted Guardian editors and argued that the passage falsely suggests that Tel Aviv is Israel’s capital. We noted that, in 2012, the Guardian was forced to acknowledge that it is wrong to state that Tel Aviv is Israel’s capital, and that their style guide was updated to note that – regardless of the international community’s views on the status of the city – Jerusalem is the seat of government.

Times of London again suggests that Tel Aviv is Israel’s capital (Update)

In 2014, we prompted a correction to a Times of London print article that falsely claimed Tel Aviv was Israel’s capital – an error that other news outlets, including the Guardian have been forced to correct over the years. Today, we noticed that Times of London made a similar error in an article on Turkey’s recent reconciliation with Israel (Isolated Turkey mends ties with Russia, Israel and perhaps Egypt, June 28th.)