For fairness and balance, media should include 'Judea and Samaria' in news reports

For fairness and balance, media should include 'Judea and Samaria' in news reports

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The term 'West Bank' is commonly cited in the media and has emerged as benign, generally accepted language. On its own, however, it is hardly neutral or accurate. 'West Bank' was the artificial name affixed to the land west of the Jordan River to link it to Trans-Jordan when the Hashemite army captured the territory in 1948 and held it for 19 years. The name stuck, oddly since only Britain and Pakistan recognized Jordan’s 1950 annexation of the land.

'West Bank' is prejudicial. The term erases any Jewish connection to the land. The media and press can remedy this by identifying in news reports the phrase 'Judea and Samaria' alongside the one-sided reference 'West Bank' or overtly Palestinian-friendly references such as 'Palestinian territory.' 

Adding 'Judea and Samaria' would provide balance the same way much of the media uses both 'Temple Mount' and the Arabic 'Haram al-Sharif' to identify Judaism's holiest site. The long-overdue style addition of 'Judea and Samaria' would serve readers with objectivity, context and historical accuracy often missing in Middle East coverage.

Editors and reporters: Your readers and viewers want to know that the media they are consuming is fair and balanced. When you cite the 'West Bank' or other Palestinian-friendly term in news reports, add 'Judea and Samaria' alongside it to reflect the language many others use to identify the land. Readers/media consumers: If this balance is not provided, contact and urge editors to make the addition.

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