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Dismal Corrections

Jerusalem

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 (San Francisco Chronicle, Danielle Haas, 1/26/03): But his status as one of about 200,000 Arabs from East Jerusalem also means he cannot hold an Israeli passport, would lose his residency papers if he moved out of the city, and cannot vote on Tuesday. . . .

Since East Jerusalem Arabs are unable to cast their votes for the government under which they will eventually live, and their attitudes range between antipathy and seething frustration at what they see as another example of second-class treatment they have received from Israel over the years. [sic]

Attempted Correction (2/20/03): A story Jan. 26 flatly stated that Arab residents of East Jerusalem cannot vote in Israeli elections. Such people may vote in Israeli elections if they apply for Israeli citizenship and are accepted: a decision contingent upon a number of factors, including proving the ability to speak Hebrew. In reality, few East Jerusalem residents apply, mainly for political reasons.

CAMERA: In addition, Jerusalem Arabs who become citizens can “hold an Israeli passport” and do not lose “residency papers” if they move out of the city. Moreover, non-citizen Arabs residing in Jerusalem do have voting rights–in municipal elections in the city.