The Ghost of Snapped Shot

Or, welcome to my low-maintenance heck.

Urgent Wire Correction: Location, Location, Location!

Reuters is certainly in a rush to post this correction:

REFILE-CORRECTING LOCATION Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert (R) escorts U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to her seat at the Prime Minister's Residence in Jerusalem January 9, 2008. REUTERS/Larry Downing (JERUSALEM)

The original caption was bylined "ISRAEL," which apparently is too controversial for Reuters to deign to publish.

Please notice that the area in which they are meeting ("Beit Agion," according to the redacted caption) is an actual part of Israel, existing well within the the pre-1967 borders of West Jerusalem. Heck, check out this handy map if you don't want to take my word for it—The dotted red line would be the dastardly "pre-1967" borders that the international anti-war meddlers (Def'n: To intrude into other people's affairs) are always going on about:
Map courtesy University of Texas. Click to zoom.

I've highlighted the general location of the Prime Minister's residence on this map to illustrate. Why is Reuters so reluctant to refer to this part of Jerusalem, which is undisputedly Israeli, as being some form of "occupied" territory?

Of course, such "facts" aren't important to the terror-apologists of Reuters, and the hordes of peacemongers who'd gladly give all of Jerusalem to the Arabs, with or without any actual resulting peace.

But hey, as long as it's Israel that's up for sale, no price is too much for these clowns.

Update: Carl in Jerusalem says that it should be spelled "Beit Agron," which is absolutely true (PDF, see grid C-4). In my defence, here's the original caption from Reuters, verbatim:

Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert (R) escorts U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to her seat at the Prime Minister's Residence, Beit Agion, in Jerusalem, Israel, January 9, 2008. REUTERS/Larry Downing (ISRAEL)

As Soccer Dad pointed out via e-mail, Beit Agron is the building that the international press is based out of, not the Prime Minister's office. It's entirely possible that this is the primary change of "location" that the Reuters editorial desk is correcting—but even if it is, they did still manage to edit out Israel in the process.

By the way, I dance a happy little jig whenever Carl in Jerusalem notices little ol' me. Thanks, Carl! You made my night! :)



#1 captainfish 09-Jan-2008
Also... "defence" is spelled "defense".

jab, jab, jab

good catch by the way. No, we dont want to mention Israel out loud to often if we have to.
#2 annie 10-Jan-2008
There are many places, including various news agencies and the American Embassy in Israel, which refer to Jerusalem as simply "Jerusalem" with no attaching country. You must understand, one cannot allow those dastardly Zionists to claim the ancient Jewish capital as their own. (do I really need a /sarc tag?)

So as far as they are concerned Jerusalem has to exist in a vacuum. Rather like the Vatican in fact.
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