Michael Medved


Media outlets in the United States habitually distort a key issue in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by using the term “settlements” to identify Jewish communities on the West Bank.

Actually, most of the so-called “settlers” live in well-established, middle-class suburban communities just minutes from Jerusalem. Maale Adumim, for instance, is a well-established bedroom community of Jerusalem, founded more than 36 years ago and now with 35,000 middle class inhabitants.

Families in Maale Adumim have seen children and grandchildren raised in the town. Insistence on identifying even life-long residents as “settlers” conveys the mistaken idea of hostile colonists in lonely, tentative outposts. A recent New York Times headline described victims of a Palestinian terror raid as “5 West Bank Settlers”—though three of those so-called settlers were tiny children as young as three months, hardly aggressive intruders.


Michael Medved

Michael Medved's daily syndicated radio talk show reaches one of the largest national audiences every weekday between 3 and 6 PM, Eastern Time. Michael Medved is the author of eleven books, including the bestsellers What Really Happened to the Class of '65?, Hollywood vs. America, Right Turns, The Ten Big Lies About America and 5 Big Lies About American Business
 
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