Return to “The Settler from Jerusalem”

by Brian on March 23, 2010

in A Parent in Israel,The Old Country

Photo from AP

With Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s declaration before yesterday’s AIPAC conference that “Jerusalem is not a settlement” – a response to U.S. claims to the contrary regarding at least part of the city -  I thought it would be instructive to look at a personal incident that occurred nearly five years ago.

In July 2005, I was interviewed for a cover story in the San Francisco Chronicle, my home town paper. The reporter was writing a series of articles about the real people behind the headlines living their normal lives in the Middle East and thought my story would fit in nicely. I agreed.

Imagine then my shock when I read the headline of the article reading “Settler Hopes for Peace to Take Root.”

The reporter insisted it was a “last minute overnight change” by a low ranking copy editor that was made without his approval.

The story of the inflammatory headline was then picked up by Honest Reporting which promptly sent a blast to its email list which numbered 125,000 at the time. The Chronicle was inundated by complaints and eventually published a retraction.

In light of the recent igniting of tensions between the U.S. and Israel (not to mention those with the Palestinians), I’m posting the link to the original story I wrote.


You can read the story in the Chronicle here:

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1 Benji Lovitt March 23, 2010 at 12:07 pm


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