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Complainant Name:
Dr Albert Jacob

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Daily Record


Dr Albert Jacob, of Beer Sheva, Israel, complained to the Press Complaints Commission that a comment piece in the newspaper was inaccurate in stating that he lived in the Golan Heights. He also said the columnist was wrong to refer to him as the ‘amanuensis' of Sir Malcolm Rifkind in connection to their opposition to the proposed twinning of Nablus and Dundee in the 1980s.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated publication of the following letter from the complainant in the newspaper:

Last year George Galloway recalled the controversial twinning of Dundee and Nablus (which I opposed) and in his column, The Road to Damascus on October 12, 2009, stated wrongly that I live in the Golan Heights.

In fact, I live in Beer Sheva and have only visited the Golan Heights on one occasion.

I would also question Mr Galloway's powers of recall.

My recollection is that Sir Malcolm Rifkind only became involved in the twinning debate after me. Therefore, it is equally wrong to describe me as his ‘amanuensis'.

Dr Albert Jacob, Beer Sheva, Israel

Date Published: 18/11/2010

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