Guardian list omits Is­raeli No­bel win­ners

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BY JES­SICA ELGOT

COM­PLAINTS TO the Guardian news­pa­per over an in­com­plete list of No­bel Peace Prize win­ners led to a hasty amend­ment on the pa­per’s web­site last week.

The in­com­plete list re­mained on the web­site for four hours, de­spite com­ments posted be­low it which pointed out the omis­sions of Yitzak Rabin, Me­nachem Be­gin and Shi­mon Peres.

I mme­di­ately f o l l o wi n g t h e an­nounce­ment of Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s award of the 2009 No­bel Peace Prize, Guardian news ed­i­tor Si­mon Rogers posted what he claimed was “ev­ery peace prize win­ner ever”, stat­ing that the in­for­ma­tion came from the web­site No­bel­prize.org

But the Guardian’s list omit­ted Is­raeli win­ners Shi­mon Peres, Yitzhak Rabin and Me­nachem Be­gin.

Me­nachem Be­gin, the sixth Prime Min­is­ter of Is­rael, jointly won the No­bel Peace Prize in 1978 for sign­ing a peace treaty with Pres­i­dent An­war Sa­dat of Egypt. Only Sa­dat was listed by the Guardian.

The pa­per com­mit­ted the same er­ror by omit­ting Is­raeli leaders Shi­mon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin, who won the peace prize jointly with Yasir Arafat in 1994.

Again, Arafat was listed as a win­ner by the Guardian but both Peres and Rabin were omit­ted.

Dr Shi­mon Sa­muels, the Si­mon Wiesen­thal Cen­tre’s Di­rec­tor for In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions, wrote to Guardian ed­i­tor Alan Rus­bridger equat­ing the omis­sion with the Nazis’ delig­itimi­sa­tion of Jews.

He wrote: “If a pol­icy of ex­clud­ing Is­raeli No­bel lau­re­ates should re­cur, per­haps in the fields of medicine or other sciences, the Guardian must draw the nat­u­ral con­clu­sion by rec­om­mend­ing that its staff and read­er­ship deny them­selves the re­search ben­e­fits of those schol­ars.”

In re­sponse to the com­plaints, a Guardian spokes­woman said: “The aim of the Guardian Data Blog is to give guardian. co.uk users ac­cess to datasets from around the world on a wide va­ri­ety of top­ics.

“For the No­bel Peace Prize win­ners list, we used data from No­bel­prize.org. How­ever, there was a tech­ni­cal is­sue dur­ing the data trans­fer from the site, which meant that many of the names of the joint win­ners of the No­bel Peace Prize were ac­ci­den­tally omit­ted, al­though the coun­try of ori­gin of the win­ners was not. This has now been cor­rected.”

In fact, the three Is­raeli joint win­ners of the No­bel prize were the only joint names omit­ted.

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