"Accuracy demands that you clearly distinguish between East and West Jerusalem and refer to “occupied” or "annexed” sites (e.g., Al-Aqsa) when discussing East Jerusalem."
September 22, 2023
Jon Whitten, News Director, CityNews
Josef Federman, Editor, Associated Press
Dear Jon Whitten and Josef Federman,
I am writing on behalf of Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME, cjpme.org) to express concern about your September 21 article, “Israeli police shoot a Palestinian after he allegedly stabbed a guard at a Jerusalem train station.”
Your article covers crucial developments, and the details are important to get right.
While the United Nations and Canadian political authorities continually stress the illegality of Israel’s occupation of East Jerusalem (“Canada does not recognize Israel's unilateral annexation of East Jerusalem,” the Government of Canada declares), your article contains a misleading absence of information on the fact of occupation, annexation, and illegality.
Your article’s references to “Jerusalem’s most sensitive holy site” and “conflicting claims” need to be changed to reflect the opinion of the United Nations and the main legal experts.
Accuracy demands that you clearly distinguish between East and West Jerusalem and refer to “occupied” or “annexed” sites (e.g., Al-Aqsa) when discussing East Jerusalem.
Feel free to reach me at 438-380-5410 should you wish to discuss this matter further.
PhD, University of Exeter
Director of Strategic Operations
Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East/
Canadiens pour la Justice et la Paix au Moyen-Orient