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Error (Los Angeles Times, Laura King, 4/24/04): Also Friday, Israel staged a series of raids in the West Bank that the army described as hunts for wanted Palestinian militants. Undercover troops killed three Palestinian men in an early-morning ambush in the town of Kalkilya, Palestinian witnesses said.

Fact: According to an IDF spokesman, in beeper messages and verbally the army described the raids as hunts for wanted Palestinian “terrorists.” Contrary to King’s statement, the army did not “describe [the raids] as hunts for wanted Palestinian militants” (emphasis added).

Error (New York Times, Thomas Friedman, 3/25/04): Suicide bombing totally undermined Labor’s Ehud Barak and helped elect Ariel Sharon in 2001.

Fact: While there had been countless Palestinian terror attacks–shootings, stabbings, and roadside bombs–against Israelis from the start of the Intifada in September 2000 until the elections on Feb. 6, 2001, there was just one suicide bombing in that period. The Oct. 26, 2000 bombing in the Gaza Strip did not manage to kill anybody aside from the bomber, and slightly injured only one person. How could one suicide bombing, in which no one aside from the bomber was killed, and only one person was slightly injured, “totally undermine” Barak and lose him the election?

Error (Washington Post, Molly Moore and John Ward Anderson, 8/2/02): Two Americans have been killed in previous [Palestinian terror] attacks [in Israel]. A 31-year-old teacher who was pregnant was here on a study program and among 15 people killed by a suicide bomber at a Sbarro restaurant last August. And a 71-year-old architect who was a permanent resident here was abducted and shot dead in the West Bank in January.

Fact: The number of American fatalities is considerably higher than two. Since the signing of the Oslo accords in 1993, 36 American citizens have been murdered by Palestinian Arab terrorists. Twenty-four of the 36 casualties have occurred during the current wave of violence initiated by the Palestinian Authority in September 2000. In addition to the deaths, many Americans have been wounded in the conflict. Sixty-eight have been injured since 1993, 43 of them since September 2000. Palestinian Arab terrorists, since 1968, have killed more than 100 Americans and have injured nearly 120 US citizens.