Mistakes on news websites can be hurtful, amusing, or damaging. Sometimes, they're painfully political. As such, the British Guardian recently misidentified the capital of Israel.
The Guardian, which runs a column devoted to corrections and clarifications about its content, issued one such correction about a photo caption that stated that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.
According to the "correction," Tel Aviv is Israel's capital city, not Jerusalem.
The photo in question was taken on Holocaust Remembrance Day and portrayed passengers on Jerusalem's light rail standing for the siren. It was published on Friday, April 20. The "correction" appeared on the following Sunday.
The caption (Screenshot)
Nor, apparently, can the mistake be chalked up to negligence, since the correction states that "the Guardian's style guide stipulates that Tel Aviv, not Jerusalem, is to be referenced to as Israel's capital."
The controversy over international recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital is nothing new. Recently, the issue was raised before the US Supreme Court in the case of Menachem Zivotofsky, who was born in the city and whose parents – US citizens – are seeking to have him registered as an American born in Israel.
Since 1948, all US citizens born in Jerusalem, Jewish or Arab, have had their births registered in "Jerusalem," unlike US citizens born in other cities in the country, for whom both the city and the state of Israel are listed.
President Barack Obama is following in Bush's footsteps and every six months has signed an executive order countermanding the law for reasons of national security.
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