In response to communication from CAMERA’s Israel office, Haaretz
editors today fixed the latest instance of “Haaretz, Lost in Translation
,” the phenomenon in which the paper’s English edition downplays or omits Palestinian violence and wrongdoing and/or inserts misinformation about Israel which did not appear in the original Hebrew article. Globes
, Israel’s leading business journal, featured
CAMERA’s “Lost in Translation” work this past July.
In today’s example, a page-one article (also available online
) about yesterday’s shooting attack in which Mohammad Turkamen, a security guard for a Palestinian government office, injured three Israeli soldiers, originally stated that a possible motive might have been “revenge after security agents searched his house Monday.”
Unlike the Hebrew edition, nowhere did the English edition state that it was Palestinian security agents who searched Turkamen’s home, not Israeli. Moreover, the English edition refers to a possible motive for the attack against Israeli soldiers as “revenge,” further reinforcing the false impression that it was Israeli security agents who carried out the home search.
The page-one story in the Hebrew edition print explicitly states that it was Palestinian security agents who carried out the search in Turkamen’s home:
The Hebrew article states (CAMERA’s translation):
According to Palestinian intelligence sources, the Palestinian Preventive Security in recent days undertook searches in Turkeman’s home due to the suspicion that he was concealing weapons and ammunition that were unrelated to his work for the [Palestinian] authority. According to these sources, one of the possibilities currently under investigation is that Turkeman decided to fire on soldiers following the scrutiny to which he was subjected.
Following urging from CAMERA, editors commendably amended the article to make clear that it was Palestinian security agents who carried out the search, not Israeli. The amended text now reads:
Haaretz corrections prompted by CAMERA and Presspectiva, CAMERA’s Hebrew department, please see here.