Home Media Action Alerts2021 SUCCESS! CBC Reinstates Israel Location From Dead Sea Scrolls Discovery

SUCCESS! CBC Reinstates Israel Location From Dead Sea Scrolls Discovery

by Mike Fegelman

UPDATE: March 29, 2021:

Subsequent to HonestReporting Canada’s complaint to CBC executives about their editors intentionally deleting the Israel location from its headline and reporting in coverage of the recent Dead Sea Scrolls discovery in Israel proper, we are pleased to report that CBC has reinstated the Israel location reference in its online news article.

The article now includes the following statement which sets a precedent on how CBC must refer to the Cave of Horrors as being located in sovereign Israeli territory:

The roughly 80 new pieces are believed to belong to a set of parchment fragments found in a site in southern Israel known as the “Cave of Horror” — named for the 40 human skeletons found there during excavations in the 1960s — that also bear a Greek rendition of the Twelve Minor Prophets, a book in the Hebrew Bible. The cave is located in a remote canyon around 40 kilometres south of Jerusalem, just west of the Dead Sea and south of the West Bank.”

Though the article’s headline was not reverted back to state that the scrolls were found in Israel (it says they were found in the Judean Desert which is technically correct) we are pleased to see the CBC correct its false reporting.


Original Alert: March 21, 2021

On March 18, HonestReporting Canada filed a complaint with CBC News after their editors purposefully deleted the Israel location from its headline and reporting in coverage of the recent Dead Sea Scrolls discovery in Israel proper.

Importantly, the new set of Dead Sea Scrolls were not found in the West Bank, but in sovereign territory that has been Israel’s since the country’s birth in 1948.

The new scrolls were found in the “Cave of Horror” which is in the Judean Desert’s Nahal Hever near Ein Gedi, and within Israel’s pre-1967 armistice boundary or what is referred to as the “green line”. South of the armistice line is territory controlled by Israel since 1948 which was ratified by the armistice agreement in 1949. See map below.

The CBC’s headline on March 16 used to be: “New Dead Sea scrolls found in desert cave in Israel,” editors then changed the located to the “West Bank” and now it says “Judean Desert” per screen grabs below:

As well, CBC published the following erroneous correction to its article and corrections page:

Corrections: A previous version of this story said the new fragments had been found in Israel but was later incorrectly updated to say they were found in the West Bank. In fact, they were found just west of the Dead Sea and south of the West Bank. Mar 18, 2021 2:09 PM ET

 

March 18, 2021: We amended this story, posted on March 16, about the discovery of new Dead Sea scrolls to clarify where the scrolls were found.”

Importantly, the Associated Press’ own article very clearly says the scrolls were found in Israel:

The roughly 80 new pieces are believed to belong to a set of parchment fragments found in a site in southern Israel known as the “Cave of Horror” — named for the 40 human skeletons found there during excavations in the 1960s — that also bear a Greek rendition of the Twelve Minor Prophets, a book in the Hebrew Bible. The cave is located in a remote canyon around 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of Jerusalem.”

CBC amended this paragraph by removing the words “found in a site in southern Israel” and adding that they were found “just west of the Dead Sea and south of the West Bank.”

Here’s the CBC’s version:

The roughly 80 new pieces are believed to belong to a set of parchment fragments found in a site known as the “Cave of Horror” — named for the 40 human skeletons found there during excavations in the 1960s — that also bear a Greek rendition of the Twelve Minor Prophets, a book in the Hebrew Bible. The cave is located in a remote canyon around 40 kilometres south of Jerusalem, just west of the Dead Sea and south of the West Bank.”

CAMERA prompted NBC News to correct its falsely reporting that the Scrolls were found in the West Bank. Here’s NBC’s correction:

CORRECTION: (March 18, 2021, 12:35 p.m. ET): An earlier version of this article misstated the location of the cave where the new Dead Sea scrolls were found. The cave is in Israel, not the West Bank.”

As well, the following news outlets unequivocally refer to the site as being in Israel proper:

As we told CBC News, their reporting that the Scrolls were not found in Israel must be corrected ASAP. The correction notice, headline and the body paragraph of the article itself must be corrected. As it stands, the CBC is effectively claiming that Israel has tenuous claim to these lands which is factually incorrect.

This is a big mistake on the part of the CBC that must be remedied. Stay tuned to this page for future updates.

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