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Nakba denial: ‘NYT’ removes the word ‘expulsion’ from article describing Palestinian refugees

By Allison Deger | Mondoweiss | December 2, 2011

On November 29, the New York Times ran an article by the Learning Network on the anniversary of the  1947 U.N. Partition Plan of Palestine. The article gave a brief description of the effects and background of U.N. resolution 181, including a short description of the Palestinian Nakba.

But after publication, the Times edited out the word “expulsion” from the article.

The text originally read:

“May 14, 1948, Jewish leaders in the region formed the state of Israel. British troops left, thousands of Palestinian Arabs were expelled or fled and Arab armies soon invaded Israel.”

The NYT explains the editing of the text in the corrections section at the bottom of the webpage, citing “reader comments” as motivating the choice. The correction in full:

“We have changed a sentence in this entry in response to reader comments. The original sentence read “British troops left, thousands of Palestinian Arabs were expelled or fled and Arab armies soon invaded Israel.” We have removed “were expelled” and “soon.”

And ah, while we’re on Corrrections: The article incorrectly identifies the Palestinian Authority as the formal leadership of the Palestinian people. The Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) is the official representation of the Palestinian people to the U.N. The Palestinian Authority is an interim civil administration with jurisdiction in the occupied Palestinian Territories.

The article was published by the NYT educational blog, the Learning Network, “Teaching and Learning with the New York Times.”

December 2, 2011 - Posted by | Deception, Ethnic Cleansing, Racism, Zionism, Mainstream Media, Warmongering


  1. This is to be expected coming from the Kosher NYT and Bloomberg must have given them a thumbs up!

    Comment by B.Benhamid | December 2, 2011 | Reply

  2. Without question the most effective lie – is NOT to tell the truth – to ignore it – to not let it even test the air.

    Comment by JohnJ | December 3, 2011 | Reply

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