On June 11th, we tweetedTimesof London and the journalist (Louise Callaghan) responsible for an article titled “Sun, gun and wine: tourists taste life of Israeli settlers”, regarding an extremely misleading claim about Jewish communities in Gush Etzion.
As we explained in a subsequent complaint to Times editors, the Gush Etzion main communities were founded before 1948, in the 1920s and 1930s, on land legally purchased by Jews. Jews living at the original Kibbutzim were killed during the 1929 Arab riots, then re-established and destroyed again during Arab revolt of 1936-1939. Though Gush communities were re-established in the 1940s, they were again destroyed by Arabs fighters during the 1948 war.
Though the winery itself is located on a post-67 community in the Gush Etzion bloc, the awkward and misleading text in the Times article made no mention of Gush Etzion’s unique history, and the legal and historic Jewish…
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