CAMERA prompts correction of a Los Angeles Times article which wrongly referred to the Western Wall as the last remnant of the Temple complex. As noted last week in our Snapshots blog, the Aug. 11 article erred: “The wall, with its giant stone blocks, is the last remnant of the Jewish Temple complex built two millenniums ago …”
In fact, there are numerous extant remnants. The southern, eastern and northern retaining walls are also still extant. Surviving features abutting the southern walls include a broad stairway leading up to the Temple Mount’s entrance and two gates, known as the Huldah Gates, which provided access to the Temple Mount (Hershel Shanks, Jerusalem: An Archeological Biography, p. 143). Some of the interior part of the Herodian Double Gate (which is one of the Huldah Gates) is also still intact. There are also surviving underground remnants of the Temple complex, including the area known as Solomon’s Stables. In addition, an area called “Robinson’s Arch,” in the south-western corner of the Temple complex, still remains. In his book, Shanks provides details concerning numerous other remnants.
In response to communication from CAMERA, editors promptly ran the following correction:
Western Wall: In the Aug. 11 Section A, an article about women praying at the Western Wall in Jerusalem described the wall as the last remnant of the ancient Jewish Temple complex. There are other remnants.
Editors commendably posted the following near the top of the online article, though the original erroneous wording remains:
The Los Angeles Times had previously corrected the very same error in 2004.
For additional Los Angeles Times corrections prompted by CAMERA, please see here.