On June 16th, we posted on the latest viral smear against Israel – the ‘claim’ that water was cut off to Palestinians in the West Bank ‘during Ramadan’. Both the Independent and Times of London (among other publications) amplified these charges in articles that were, at best, extraordinarily misleading.
More recently, we posted on the relatively superficial changes both publications made to their original stories, despite evidence we presented to their editors demonstrating that their stories were fundamentally inaccurate.
However, though the Independent still refuses to budge, after a series of emails to editors at Times of London – which included information we received from COGAT and Mekorot – they agreed to make one substantive change, adding the following additional text to the online version of their article:
- Water Shortages were largely caused by an increase in demand and a shortage of supply from the mountain aquifer.
- These water shortages has affected both Jewish and Palestinian communities in the West Bank.
- Israel actually increased the water supply to Palestinians in Hebron and Bethlehem to accommodate Muslims observing Ramadan.
Unfortunately, they only made a small, relatively insignificant revision to the headline and opening sentence.
However, we sincerely commend editors at Times of London for agreeing to add the additional text.