Yesha Council Complains to IBA Over "Border Crossing" Reference
The Yesha Council has filed a complaint with the Israel Broadcast Authority's Director General, Moti Sklar, following a statement by a correspondent that characterized security terminals designed to prevent Arabs in Judea and Samaria from carrying out terror attacks in Israel as "border crossings."
"'Border crossings,' Yesha Council Chairman Danny Dayan said, "ls wrong and misleading."
The complaint said, "At best this is a lack of professionalism and at worst a deliberate attempt to mislead the audience and use a national radio station to cut Judea and Samaria from Israel."
"The report was on tenders for security terminals issued by the Transportation Ministry in Israel's central region. During the report he wrote no less than five times the term 'border crossings,'" the Yesha Council noted. "In Israel there are approximately 10 land border crossings leading to Jordan, Egypt and the Gaza Strip. The checkposts into Judea and Samaria are not border crossings, for Israel exercises sovereignty in the area. Checkpoints and barriers set up by the security services in this area are designed to protect the lives of Israeli citizens from terrorists among Arab residents of Judea and Samaria who wish them harm.," not to note borders.
In their letter the Yesha Council asked for clarification and said, "Station managers must paint a clear picture for editors about the importance of accurate writing and factual reporting, especially when such fundamental issues are in play."
According to the report, the Ministry of Transport will publish the initial two tenders to operate public transportation lines for workers in Judea and Samaria to the Sharon coastal region, Geha interchange, and Tel Aviv. It was also reported the Ministry of Transport is expected to consider additional tenders for the Tarqumiya crossing point, among others.