by Stephen M. Flatow, November 2, 2021.

J Street is an anti-Jewish, anti-Israel group that insists it is a Jewish organization; the New York Times (NYT) is a distributor of anti-Israel propaganda. I’m not sure that they still insist they print only news that’s fit to print. If they do, given their output, I wonder what they mean by ‘fit’. Stephen Flatow writes that the NYT reported that “the Israeli government advanced plans on Wednesday to build more than 3,000 new settlement units” in the West Bank. These largely involved apartments within existing communities, but calling them “settlement units” conveys a much more sinister image that sounds more menacing. It is a rhetorical trick and a rhetorical weapon to make Israel look bad when the facts alone won’t accomplish that objective. To make sure nothing cracked their shell game, they called apartments in the building in the town “settlement units.” J Street went further. They called Israel’s plan “settlement expansion.” During the past three decades, the Israeli government has authorized exactly one new settlement in the West Bank. Since 1992, the only Jewish construction authorized in the territories by a succession of Israeli governments has been within existing communities. While Israel is sacrificing availability of housing for Jews, the Arabs build where ever they want, whether it’s their land or not.

AUTHOR: Stephen M. Flatow is an attorney and the father of Alisa Flatow, who was murdered in an Iranian-sponsored Palestinian terrorist attack in 1995. He is the author of the book, “A Father’s Story: My Fight for Justice Against Iranian Terror.

This article was published November 2, 2021 by Jewish News Syndicate (JNS). It is archived at https://www.jns.org/opinion/j-street-and-new-york-times-revise-the-english-language/.

It is archived at Think-Israel at https://www.think-israel.org/flatow.townscalledsettlements.html/