(Chicago Tribune, Op-Ed by Gary Fields, 2/22/04): More than a physical barrier imposed by the powerful upon the region's stateless and dispossessed, the wall expresses a collective psychology of conquest articulated most succinctly by one of its leading proponents, Moshe Yaalon, the Israeli army chief of staff.
He insists that "the Palestinians must be made to understand in the deepest recesses of their consciousness that they are a defeated people."
(3/6/09): In a Perspective piece by Gary Fields, professor of communications at the University of California, San Diego, that ran in Feb. 22, 2004, editions of the Chicago Tribune, an unverified quote was used and attributed to the Israeli army's chief of staff, Moshe Yaalon. The op-ed quoted Yaalon as saying that "the Palestinians must be made to understand in the deepest recesses of their consciousness that they are a defeated people." While cited frequently over the years, this quote does not appear in the Israeli newspaper article to which it has been attributed, and the writer of that article said Yaalon did not say this. Fields could not confirm the origin of the quote. A spokesman for Yaalon said Thursday that Yaalon was misquoted and did not say the sentence attributed to him. Since the exact origin of the quotation has not been found and verified, it should not have been used in the Tribune.
(Chicago Tribune, from Los Angeles Times, 7/26/08): ...the rabbi who manages Judaism's holiest site [the Western Wall], was furious.
(7/30/08): A story in Saturday's Section 1 incorrectly referred to Jerusalem's Western Wall as "Judaism's holiest site." It is Judaism's holiest shrine.
: While the Western Wall is the holiest man-made structure at which Jews are permitted to pray, the holiest ground in Judaism is on the Temple Mount.
(Chicago Tribune, AP article by Josef Federman, 7/9/04): By September 2005, Sharon plans to pull all Israeli troops from the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.
(7/14/04): A stroy on Page 3 Friday reported incorrectly that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon plans to pull all Israeli troops from the Gaza Strip and the West Bank by September 2005. The plan does not call for a general troop withdrawal from the West Bank. However, it would withdraw all settlers from Gaza along with the soldiers who guard them. In addition, it would evacuate four isolated settlements in the West Bank and redeploy the soldiers guarding them.
(Chicago Tribune, Joel Greenberg, 3/22/04): He [Yassin] said that “Israel will pay for its crimes” and that Hamas would continue resisting occupation, a phrase that generally refers to bombing and shooting attacks on Israelis in the West Bank and Gaza.
(3/27/04): Stories Jan. 17 and March 22 gave an incomplete explanation of what the militant group Hamas means when it talks about resisting Israeli occupation. Hamas says it considers Israel, as well as the West Bank and Gaza Strip, to be occupied land, so its use of the term resistance can refer to attacks inside Israel as well as Israelis in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
(Chicago Tribune, HealthDay, 8/10/03): In a three-year round of terrorism that has left 472 dead [in Israel] and 3,846 injured, no studies had looked at the psychological impact of the violence until now, the authors asserted.
(8/17/03): The Discoveries column in the Q section Aug. 10 misstated the number of terrorism casualties in Israel over the last three years. The Israel Defense Forces Web site put the numbers at 820 dead and 5,640 injured after an update Thursday.
(Chicago Tribune, Uli Schmetzer, 7/23/03): Israel has said it will not withdraw from occupied territories in the West Bank, as required by the U.S.-backed “road map” peace plan, unless the Palestinian Authority disarms what Israel calls terrorist organizations such as Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade.
(8/8/03): A story on Page 3 of the main news section July 23 should have pointed out that the U.S.-backed road map for peace links an Israeli pullout from Palestinian lands to disarmament of Palestinian militant groups.
(Chicago Tribune, Uli Schmetzer, 7/5/03): Israel is obliged under the peace process to release prisoners, and Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is in a bind.
(7/10/03): A story in the main news section Saturday about the Middle East incorrectly stated that Israel is obliged under the peace process to release prisoners. It is not.
(Chicago Tribune, Tribune news service, 5/7/03): Israel has always objected to the right of return for about 4 million Arabs who fled the war that followed Israel’s creation in 1948. . . .
(5/8/03): In a story on Page 4 of Wednesday’s Main News section, it was incorrectly stated that 4 million Arabs fled the war that followed Israel’s creation in 1948. The correct figure, as mentioned elsewhere in the story, is about 700,000.
(Chicago Tribune, graphic in the opinions section, 4/20/03): ISRAEL: Constitutional monarchy
(4/22/03): There were also several mistakes in a graphic on Page 3 of Perspective. Israel was mistakenly referred to as a "constitutional monarchy"; it is a parliamentary democracy.
(Chicago Tribune, James Ron, 2/8/01;Los Angeles Times, 2/5/01): In 1985, a U.S. Military Law Review analysis argued that Sharon had "command responsibility" for the [Sabra and Shatila] killings."
(Tribune, 2/15/01:LA Times, 2/9/01): In a Commentary Page article on Feb. 8, James Ron incorrectly stated that a 1985 U.S. Military Law Review analysis "argued that [Ariel] Sharon had ‘command responsibility’" for the Sabra and Shatila refugee camp massacres in Lebanon. The article did not evaluate Sharon’s responsibility.
Ariel Sharon–A U.S. Military Law Review analysis in 1985 did not find that Ariel Sharon had "command responsibility" for the killings in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps, as James Ron wrote in his article Feb. 5.
(Chicago Tribune, Uli Schmetzer, 11/17/00): Last month the Jerusalem Post reported Israel had trained four battalions for urban warfare in mock-up Palestinian villages. A story by Ariel [sic] O’Sullivan quoted a sergeant named Raz, a 20-year-old sharpshooter in the Nashon battalion, as saying:
"I shot two people in the knees. It’s supposed to break their bones and neutralize them but not kill them. How did I feel? Well, actually I felt pretty satisfied with myself."
(12/8/00): A Nov. 17 story about a developing war of attrition between Israel and the Palestinians contained an incomplete and possibly misleading quotation from an article in the Jerusalem Post. The full quotation, from a Sgt. Raz, an Israeli sharpshooter, was as follows: "I shot two people . . . in their knees. It’s supposed to break Their bones and neutralize them but not kill them. How did I feel? . . . Well, actually, I felt pretty satisfied with myself. I felt I could do what I was trained to do and it gave me a lot of self-confidence to think that if we get into a real war situation I’d be able to defend my comrades and myself."