(May 15, 2018 / CAMERA) In a May 11 story about the new American embassy in Jerusalem, The New York Times claimed that the new embassy is partially located in eastern Jerusalem: “The embassy is partly in predominantly Jewish West Jerusalem and partly in predominantly Arab East Jerusalem.”
In fact, the embassy compound sits partly in so-called West Jerusalem—the section of the city that has been under Israeli sovereignty since 1949—and partially in an area that was known as “No Man’s Land,” a small swath of territory between what was Israeli Jerusalem and the section of the city occupied by Jordan. The embassy building crosses into a portion of “No Man’s Land” that, according to an agreement between Israel and Jordan shortly after the two sides signed their 1949 armistice agreement, was designated for use by the Jewish state.
After CAMERA contacted the newspaper about its language, and noted that earlier New York Times coverage correctly distinguished between “No Man’s Land” and the eastern sector of Jerusalem, the language was corrected. It now states:
The embassy is partly in predominantly Jewish West Jerusalem and partly in a gray area between the west and predominantly Arab eastern section of the city.
The “predominantly Arab” section of the city is roughly 60 percent Arab and 40 percent Jewish.