New York Times’ Deputy Opinion Editor Justifies Publishing The Mendacious Maps of Palestinian “Loss”

In yesterday’s post on the New York Times’ dead child slideshow, I made passing reference to their publication of an op-ed by palestinian Arab propagandist Diana Buttu, which was full of falsehoods including the infamous Map that Lies.

This is how the op-ed appears:

ny times maps

The “Map that Lies” is an incredibly misleading piece of propaganda that has been spread around by all and sundry for years – including MSNBC. and is getting its second (or perhaps even fifth) wind now. It is a rather effective tool of the Israel-hating crowd because it shows actual historical maps, and you need quite a depth of knowledge to recognize the bait-and-switch carried out by the person responsible for first publishing it.

Perhaps the definitive debunking of it appears in this 2015 Tablet article – which also refers to them with the more accurate title The Mendacious Maps of Palestinian “Loss” – so I don’t feel the need to reinvent the wheel and publish my own one. But do read that article.

I say all of this as an introduction to New York Times’ Deputy Opinion Editor Patrick Healy’s apology justification for publishing it.

map explanation


I guess it is only a matter of time before the New York Times publishes an essay with an actual antisemitic Der Stürmer cartoon. You know, just as art to convey a sense of the author’s negative feelings about Jews.


David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media

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