It’s not at all surprising that a viciously anti-Israel Guardian editorial on the anniversary of Balfour (The Guardian view on Israel and Palestine: escape the past, Nov. 1) included several distortions – including one outright falsehood, which we tweeted about here:
— UK Media Watch (@UKMediaWatch) November 2, 2017
The link embedded in the word “banned”, in the Guardian editorial, takes you to a BBC article from January 2009, which notes a decision by the Israel Central Elections Committee to bar two Israeli Arab parties (United Arab List-Ta’al and Balad) from running in the following month’s election. The ban was prompted by allegations that the parties supported terrorism.
However, as BBC (and other news outlets) reported two weeks later, the Israeli Supreme Court promptly overturned the ban before it could go into effect.
We followed up our tweet with an email to editors.
A couple of days later, we learned that our complaint was upheld.
The sentence now reads:
Some political parties from their community have been banned until the supreme court overturned the ban.
The correction reads
- UK Media Watch prompts Financial Times correction – editor admit there are no ‘Jews only roads’ in West Bank. (UK Media Watch)
- CAMERA prompts 234 correction on Hamas charter (CAMERA)
- BBC continues to conceal Hamas refusal to disarm (BBC Watch)