There was another terrible murder of innocent Israelis the other day. The slaying happened in the Barkan Industrial area, not far from Road 5 in Israel, about halfway between Rosh Haayin and Ariel.
The Barkan Industrial Zone is in ‘Area C’ as mapped out in the Oslo Accords, agreed to and signed by Israel and the Palestinian Authority. That agreement delineated three distinct zones east of the Green Line (EGL), commonly referred to as the “West Bank” or “Judea and Samaria.”
- Area A: where the Palestinian Authority has administration and military control of the area;
- Area B: where there is shared control with Israel; and
- Area C: which is administered completely by Israel. The area is predominantly Jewish; only 7% of the West Bank Arabs live in Area C.
Israel created are a number of joint development projects in Area C, such as the Barkan Industrial area where several thousand Palestinian Arabs and Israeli Jews work together. The United States Ambassador to Israel David Friedman noted that Barkan “has been a model of Israeli-Palestinian coexistence since 1982, with thousands working and prospering together. Today a terrorist shattered that harmony by brutally murdering two Israelis at work.”
That model of coexistence was not just shattered by a murderer, but by some members of the media.
Consider first how some decided to describe Area C:
- “Samaria region,” the preferred term by right-leaning Zionists, was used by The Jerusalem Post
- “West Bank,” the commonly used term, was used by the Associated Press; CNN; Wall Street Journal
- “occupied West Bank” was used by the New York Times; Reuters; Al Jazeera; BBC; The Guardian
- “illegal settlement” was used by Al Jazeera
- “confiscated Palestinian land” was also used by Al Jazeera
The descriptions above demonstrate the range of narratives. The Jerusalem Post called the area by its long historic name of “Samaria,” which connects Jews to the region for thousands of years. Most of the Western media used the modern term for the region east of the Green Line that evolved in the 1950s to be the “West Bank,” as the world adopted an Arab point of view after Jordan illegally annexed the region in 1950. Al Jazeera was on the far extremist camp which took an Arab anti-Zionist viewpoint.
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