CNN provoked online anger after it described East Jerusalem residents as Palestinians “settlers”Tuesday. This term refers to right-wing Jewish people who take over land in Israeli-occupied Palestinian territory in violation of international laws.
This report concerns the ongoing ethnic tensions in East Jerusalem regarding property rights, and efforts to expel Palestinian residents through Israeli courts.
The video report by CNN’s Andrew Carey detailed the latest developments in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, where, the initial description said, there are regular clashes between “Israeli nationalists and Palestinian settlers.”It was over with the clashes “Jerusalem housing settlements,”It was the headline.
Unsurprisingly, CNN’s description of Palestinians as “settlers”Supporters of the Palestinian cause were furious and unleashed an torrent of criticism. Some activists suggestedThey suggest ways that the text can be changed to improve accuracy.
The US news network didn’t go as far as using the term “ethic cleansing,”As some claimed, it corrected the title and description of the video. It also dropped the emotive terms. The previous version of the video had made reference to Palestinians living in their homes. “incorrectly.”
CNN has reported that clashes occurred in Sheikh Jarrah after Itamar Benjamin Gvir (a far-right Israel lawmaker) intervened. In response to an alleged attack on a Jewish house with a firebomb, he acted.
Opponents in the Israeli-Palestinian war present the decades-old Sheikh Jarrah home-ownership controversy very differently. For Israel, it’s merely a dispute between private individuals: Palestinians who moved into the neighborhood in the 1950s and Jews, who are seeking to restore their families’ rights over homes through Israeli courts. It is seen by Palestinians and supporters as part of an Israeli campaign to force Palestinians from East Jerusalem. This includes securing expulsion orders in Sheikh Jarrah, and other areas.
Israel took East Jerusalem in 1967 during the Six-Day War. Since decades Israel has been urged by the UN to not allow Jewish settlers into its occupied territories. The UN claims that this violates international laws. The Sheikh Jarrah evictions could be worth as much as “war crimes,”The UN warned that the UN had dismissed the warning last year. “real estate dispute”Line of argument.
When Palestinian protests about looming evictions turned into full-blown military conflicts between Israel and the armed groups of Gaza, Sheikh Jarrah became international news. Hamas militants ruled the coast and launched rocket attacks against Israel to support the Palestinians living in East Jerusalem. Israel returned fire, and hostilities lasted for more than two months.
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