On March 6th an article appeared on the BBC News website’s Middle East page under the headline “Israel Arafat street sign dropped after Netanyahu anger“.
The story is summarised in the article’s opening paragraphs:
“An Israeli Arab town has dropped the name of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat from one of its streets after Israel’s prime minister objected.
The village of Jatt, in the north of the country, removed the sign, officials said.
On Saturday [sic – actually Sunday] Benjamin Netanyahu said streets in Israel could not be “named after murderers of Israelis and Jews”.”
Readers were not informed that the local council had not obtained the required approval from the Ministry of the Interior for the street name.
The BBC’s article goes on:
“Many Palestinians see Arafat as an icon in their fight for a state but many Israelis view him as a terrorist.”
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