UKMW prompts Times of London headline correction to improper reference to ‘Jews’

We contacted Times of London editors to ask if they typically use the word "Jews" (in their headlines) as a synonym for "Israel", "Israelis" or "Israeli MKs".

On Nov. 29th, Times of London published an article by Gregg Carlstrom on a bill being debated in Israel’s Knesset which would prohibit the use of loudspeakers between 11 pm and 7 am – affecting the earliest of the five daily Muslim calls to prayer.

However, the headline they chose was curious to say the least.

times-headlineWe contacted Times of London editors to ask if they typically use the word “Jews” (in their headlines) as a synonym for “Israel”, “Israelis” or “Israeli MKs”.  We also expressed our concerns that the headline’s reference to unspecified ‘Jews’ was potentially inflammatory and misleading.

They responded by noting that they don’t in fact typically use the word “Jews” in that manner, and agreed to revise the headline accordingly.

It now reads: new-times-headline

We commend Times of London editors for agreeing to the revision.

(For additional examples of Times of London corrections prompted by UKMW, see here, here and here.)

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