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Wednesday, March 29 2006

Still Viable

Guardian_2The Guardian erroneously claims that Israeli construction in a 4.6 sq. mile area between Jerusalem and Maale Adumim would cut the West Bank in two. Columnist Jonathan Freedland writes:

If he goes ahead and builds in the so-called E-1 corridor, linking Jerusalem and Ma'ale Adumim, then he will cut the West Bank in two, north and south, rendering it unviable as a Palestinian state.

This staff-ed echoes the misinformation:

…plans to further extend Maale Admumim, for example, will divide the West Bank into two disconnected areas, undermining its viability as a Palestinian state.

The reality is that the Palestinians would still have territorial contiguity to the east of Maale Adumim. A helpful map published by our CAMERA colleagues last year dispels The Guardian’s claims. At its narrowest point, the channel of land available to the Palestinians would be 9 miles (15 km) wide, which happens to be t he same size as Israel’s “waistline” for the past 50 years.

UPDATE 3/30: A Sydney Morning Herald staff-ed makes the same error:

The withdrawal will keep about 10 per cent of the West Bank under Israeli occupation, including a belt across the middle between Jerusalem and the largest Israeli settlement, Maale Adumim, which will cut the Palestinian lands in two.
 

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Building to the West of Maale Adumim does create transportation issues for Palestinian cities around Jerusalem. It clearly does not cut the West Bank in two, but new roads have to be built to the East for better continuity.
Unfortunately, the propagandists do not focus on the real issues and try to come up with solutions. The reaction is always sensationalize, and blame Israel. They create polarization and add to the Palestinian folklore of endless victimhood.

Stan

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