British paper omits Israeli Nobel laureates

Sunday, October 11, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff  

In it's online feature dealing with US President Barack Obama's surprise Nobel Peace Prize win, left-leaning British newspaper The Guardian posted a list purportedly showing every person who has ever won the prestigious award. The only problem was that the list was missing three names - Israeli leaders Menachem Begin, Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres.

Those responding directly to the article and commentators across the Internet immediately cried foul, and explained how the omission certainly appeared to be deliberate.

First, it was clear the names had been erased, since in at least one spot (after the place where Yitzhak Rabin's name should have been) the person doing the omitting accidentally left the country identifier "- Israel".

Guardian staff later tried to claim the omissions were a technical error resulting from their efforts to put joint winners of the award in a separate column. But critics pointed out that the only years including joint winners where this was a problem were those that included Israelis.

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