If Americans Knew
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MSNBC: Stand By Palestine Maps
On March 15, MSNBC broadcast maps depicting Palestinian loss of land from 1946 to the present. The network came under pressure from Israel partisans, and host Kate Snow and correspondent Martin Fletcher ended up recanting.
However, the maps were accurate and incredibly revealing about the Palestine-Israel issue. We, the undersigned, support MSNBC’s original airing of the maps and urge the network to withdraw its misguided “correction.”
A few days after showing the maps, Snow apologized and claimed they were “not factually accurate.” Fletcher, who had originally endorsed them, concurred and provided the explanation.
He made two claims about why the maps were “inaccurate,” both of them fallacious.
1) Fletcher claimed the maps were wrong because the 1946 map was labeled “Palestine” and Palestine was not a sovereign state.
In fact, this label was both correct and appropriate. Virtually all maps of the region prior to 1948 were labeled “Palestine.” Similarly, maps of Puerto Rico are labeled “Puerto Rico,” despite the fact that it, too, is not a sovereign nation-state and is instead under the control of the United States.
2) He also claimed the maps were wrong because they didn’t reflect that perhaps a third of the region’s population was Jewish in 1946 (in reality, it was an estimated 30 percent).
However, this is like saying that a map of climate zones is factually wrong because it doesn’t depict time zones. The maps were about land possession, as the title made clear, and accurately depicted this — not about how many people of different faiths or ethnicities lived within the area.
During his “correction,” Fletcher made additional erroneous statements. He claimed that Muslims believe God gave them the land of Palestine-Israel, and suggested that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a religious conflict between Jews and Muslims.
In reality, Muslims hold no such belief, and the conflict began when a secular, political movement began dispossessing the indigenous population, which included Christians as well as Muslims. Most observant Jews around the world originally opposed this movement, and many still do today.
It is critically important that the media accurately inform the American public on this issue if we are to have rational Mideast policies. We call on MSNBC to withdraw its misleading “correction” immediately.
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