Nakba denial: ‘NYT’ removes the word ‘expulsion’ from article describing Palestinian refugees

 

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Palestinian refugees, 1948, from Occupied Palestine
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(Photo: NYT screenshot 12/1/11)

On November 29, the New York Times ran an article by the Learning Network on the anniversary of the 1947 U.N. Partition Plan of Palestine. The article gave a brief description of the effects and background of U.N. resolution 181, including a short description of thePalestinian Nakba.

But after publication, the Times edited out the word “expulsion” from the article.

The text originally read:

“May 14, 1948, Jewish leaders in the region formed the state of Israel. British troops left, thousands of Palestinian Arabs were expelled or fled and Arab armies soon invaded Israel.”

The NYT explains the editing of the text in the corrections section at the bottom of the webpage, citing “reader comments” as motivating the choice. The correction in full:

“We have changed a sentence in this entry in response to reader comments. The original sentence read “British troops left, thousands of Palestinian Arabs were expelled or fled and Arab armies soon invaded Israel.” We have removed “were expelled” and “soon.”

And ah, while we’re on Corrrections: The article incorrectly identifies the Palestinian Authority as the formal leadership of the Palestinian people. ThePalestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) is the official representation of the Palestinian people to the U.N. The Palestinian Authority is an interim civil administration with jurisdiction in the occupied Palestinian Territories.

The article was published by the NYT educational blog, the Learning Network, “Teaching and Learning with the New York Times.” The network posts regular columns titled “Word of the Day” and “Math”. Yesterday’s post investigated the question:  “Do Photoshopped Images Make You Feel Bad About Your Own Looks?”

(mondoweiss.net / 02.12.2011)

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