The twisted terminology of Arabists have dominated the media for several decades and disinform children, youth and the general public via reference materials disseminated by highly respected publishers. The terms under discussion are found in online databases of Grolier, World Book, Gale, ABC-CLIO, and Facts on File. There are as well several well-known British publishers (Routledge, Encyclopedia Britannica, and Oxford University Press). Unfortunately, bias in publications from Great Britain can only be surprising in the breach. One leading indicator to a publisher’s dedication to present controversial issues in an unbiased manner is the language that is permitted, or not permitted, to be used in articles on these issues.
Following is a dissection of the term WEST BANK, in standard use by the above-mentioned publishers, that works to delegitimize the Jewish State of Israel.
The area referred to as the West Bank is a region, comprising JUDEA and SAMARIA, that was captured by Jordan following the 1948 Arab-Israeli war. This illegal annexation was recognized by only one country: the United Kingdom. Jordanian authorities renamed the area the West Bank, hoping to imply that it was a part of Jordan rather than a part of Israel, in yet another effort to erase the original connection of Judea and Samaria to Jews and Israel.*