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Los Angeles Times

Error (Los Angeles Times, Nicholas Goldberg, 4/5/09): Particularly damaging was a series of riots and shootouts with Palestinians after the Israeli government [under Netanyahu] opened an ancient tunnel to tourists beneath the Western Wall and the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

Correction (4/9/09): Israel: A Sunday Op-Ed about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu mentioned an ancient tunnel reopened beneath the Western Wall and the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. The tunnel runs adjacent to the wall. The same article said that Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman rejects the idea of a Palestinian state. Lieberman has said that he rejects the idea that Israel has committed itself to a two-state solution.

Fact: The correction fails to note that the tunnel does not run under the Al Aqsa Mosque. It is 200 meters away from the mosque.

Error (Los Angeles Times, Richard Boudreaux, 12/27/07): A Jewish community flourished here until the Roman era and was reestablished in the 1940s as the Kfar Etzion kibbutz on land purchased the previous decade. But it was overrun by Jordan's Arab Legion on the next-to-last day of Israel's 1948 war for independence...

Attempted Correction (1/17/08): Mideast land dispute: An Dec. 27 article in Section A about a land dispute in the West Bank between Jewish settlers and a Palestinian family stated that the Kfar Etzion kibbutz established by Jews was overrun by Jordan's Arab Legion on the next-to-last day of Israel's 1948 war of independence. In fact, it was overrun by Jordan's Arab Legion in 1948 the day before Israel's declaration of independence, which set off a wider invasion by Arab armies that unsuccessfully challenged the birth of the Jewish state.

CAMERA: This correction was only partial because it did not deal with the inaccurate information about the kibbutz's founding or the resettlement of Gush Etzion in general. The first reestablished Jewish communities on that land date to 1927, and Kfar Etzion itself was established not in the 1940s but in 1934. In addition, other serious substantive errors in this article remain uncorrected, such as the claim that the Ottoman regime, which extended only until 1917, honored a Palestinian Arab land documented dated 1924.

Error (Los Angeles Times, Saree Makdisi op-ed, 11/21/04): When it [the West Bank separation barrier] is finished, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians will be trapped in enclaves in dozens of separate enclaves, each surrounded by concrete slabs three times the height of the Berlin Wall . . .

Attempted Correction (1/16/05): Israeli wall — A Nov. 21 commentary about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict said that, when it is finished, the separation barrier being built by Israel would trap Palestinians in enclaves “surrounded by concrete slabs three times the height of the Berlin Wall.” In fact, the material that will be used to construct future portions of the barrier is unknown, as is their eventual height. However, in places where the barrier now consists of concrete walls, the slabs are approximately 19 to 26 feet high; the Berlin Wall, by contrast, was about 13 to 15 feet high.

CAMERA: This correction does not address Makdisi’s exaggerated claim that “dozens of separate enclaves” will be entirely surrounded by the barrier, when only a few communities will face that situation. Moreover, it wrongly states that the final percentage of the concrete portion of the still uncompleted barrier is unknown. In fact, the final percentage is not a mystery. According to Col. (res) Danny Tirza, who is responsible for the planning of the security fence, eight meters–or 5 percent–of the 700-kilometer barrier will be made up of concrete upon completion (see, for example, Jerusalem Post, June 16, 2004). In addition, the correction appears to gratuitously tack on Berlin Wall figures, without informing readers that the writer had erred on this matter.