Thursday, January 24, 2008


AFP's Eastern Standard (BackSpin)

AFP's moniker for eastern Jerusalem:

Jerusalem Mayor Uri Lupolianski has given the okay for the construction of 7,300 new homes in occupied Arab east Jerusalem. . . .

• As Dore Gold explains, repeated references to “occupation” serve Palestinian interests by justifying terror, leave no room for territorial compromise, and deny Israeli claims to the land. “Disputed” would be a more neutral term.

• The term “Arab” implies that parts of Jerusalem are inherently “Arab.”

At least AFP didn't capitalize the word "east," which would suggest a proper noun and a municipal entity existing independently of the city known as Jerusalem.

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