How disinformation works: science and tech magazine misleads on Jerusalem

How It Works is a science and tech magazine launched in 2009, and is published by the UK-based Imagine Publishing.
The magazine, available in print, digital and online editions, describes itself thusly:

How it Works’ expert explanations, dynamic cutaways and breathtaking images provide fuel for imaginations across all ages, helping its eager audience to understand and explore the wonders of the modern world, and making complex topics into accessible entertainment. How it Works stands for clarity, authority, intelligence and knowledge, which is why the brand is successful worldwide in all its forms – print, digital and online.

The latest edition, Volume 5, is currently on sale. A friend purchased one this week at a Toronto bookstore. 
photo 1It includes a two page feature about the history of Jerusalem.
The piece includes a timeline, graphics and a short article explaining the city’s historic significance.
Here’s a blurb at the bottom of the article:

temple mount
The blurb of course omits the fact that Jerusalem is not just “considered holy” to Jews, but is Judaism’s holiest city. Note also that the magazine – while informing readers that the city is home to one of Islam’s holiest mosques – fails to mention the presence of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, the holiest site in Judaism.
However, there’s another significant mistake, which we highlighted below:
two capitalsWhilst Palestinians would like east Jerusalem to be the capital of a future Palestinian state, the claim that, today, it is the capital of the “sovereign state” of Palestine is of course completely erroneous. Not even the most pro-Palestinian UK media outlets make such a patently false assertion.
We’ve contacted the magazine’s publisher to complain about the errors, and will update you when we receive a reply.

Written By
More from Adam Levick
Unpacking Financial Times claim that Tel Aviv’s high-tech boom ‘stokes inequality’
A Financial Times article (Israel’s tech expansion stokes glaring inequality in Tel Aviv, Dec....
Read More
Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.