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West Bank

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.