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Error (Ha'aretz, Danny Rubinstein, Op-Ed, 1/28/07): In just the newspapers of this just [sic] last week there was a long series of articles about the settlers of Hebron and Tel Rumeida, the death of the little girl in Anata from Border Police fire . . .

Fact: As reported on page 3 that very day in Ha'aretz, it is entirely unclear whether the child was killed by Israeli border police fire ("Girl allegedly killed by Border Police may have been hit by rock"). According to autopsy results, is just as likely that she was killed by Palestinian stonethrowers.

Error (Ha'aretz, Nehemia Shtrasler, 7/25/06): The whole world watches the mighty Israeli army, the world's fifth largest, with its state-of-the-art warplanes, pinpoint weapons and colossal budgets -- and sees it is incapable of defeating a small terror group of a few thousand fighers.

Fact: The Israeli army is not even the fifth largest in the Middle East, never mind the world. Egypt, Syria, Iran, Morocco and Turkey all have larger armies than Israel's (Anthony H. Cordesman, "The Military Balance in the Middle East," p. 11). And the armies of China, the United States, India, Russia, North Korea, South Korea, Pakistan, Vietnam, France and Germany are all larger than Israel's (Cordesman, "Trends in Western Military Efforts," 16).

Error (Ha'aretz, Jonathan Lis, 5/17/06): Since 1967, almost no building permits have been issued for the eastern part of the capital.

Fact: A study by Justus Reid Weiner of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs notes that "the average number of permits issued to Arabs annually during the past five years is 183 ...." In other words, 915 permits were issued between 1997 and 2001. Based a graph by the same source, about 3000 permits were issued between 1976 and 2001 ("Illegal Construction in Jerusalem: A Variation on an Alarming Global Phenomenon," 2003, pg. 94. Graph on pg. 158. Figures based on data supplied by Charles Kohn, the Jerusalem Municipality's Principal City Planner). In addition, "the percentage of applications that result in the issuance of a building permit is virtually identical in Arab and Jewish neighborhoods" (Weiner, pg. 94, citing data from Menachem Helman, head of the Jerusalem Municipality's GIS Center). Furthermore, the city has "authorize[d] the issuance of in excess of 33,000 permits for new housing units in the Arab sector," suggesting that the number of permits issued to the Arab sector could be much higher if only more individuals from that sector would apply for permits (Weiner, pg. 93).

Error (Ha'aretz, Nehemia Shtrasler, 3/21/06): . . the Ma'ale Adumim bloc will be connected to Jerusalem via E1, and cut the West Bank in half.

Fact: Even if E1 construction is completed, Palestinian-controlled areas would be connected by land east of Ma’aleh Adumim that is at its narrowest point approximately 15 kilometers wide. (It’s worth noting that is approximately the same distance as the strip of land separating the Green Line from the Mediterranean Sea near Herzliya.) Furthermore, three routes are available for West Bank Palestinians to travel freely from south to north, and a fourth is on the way. All of these are totally unaffected by the E-1 building plan. USA Today has already corrected the identical error.

Error (Ha'aretz, Gideon Levy, 7/18/04): The heritage of Golda Meir--it was she who said that after what the Nazis did to us, we can do whatever we want--is now having a late and unfortunate revival.

Fact: Challenged for a source for the virulent quote, Levy acknowledged in an Aug. 12, 2004 e-mail to CAMERA he had none. “Therefore we dropped the quotation in the original version in Hebrew and by mistake it was printed in the English version,� he stated.