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CAMERA Prompts Philadelphia Inquirer and New London Day Corrections


After a news report in the Philadelphia Inquirer wrongly claimed that Gaza has been surrounded by a fence since 1967 and the New London Day published an op-ed falsely charging Israeli troops with killing Palestinians in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps, CAMERA alerted the newspapers to the errors and prompted them to publish corrections.

The Philadelphia Inquirer's error and correction:

Error (8/12/05): This will restore freedom of movement for Palestinians who have lived hemmed in by fences on three sides and the Mediterranean on the fourth since 1967.

Correction (8/20/05):
In an Aug. 12 story on the challenges facing Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, an incorrect date was given for when the Israelis constructed fences to enclose three sides of Gaza. The fences were constructed in 1994.

The New London Day's error and correction:

Error (Hassan Fouda op-ed, 7/24/05): During Israel's two-decade-long occupation of southern Lebanon, Israeli forces murdered over 20,000 Lebanese and Palestinians, including more than 1,000 in a single day in the refugee camps of Sabra and Shatila, overseen by none other than then Israeli Defense Minister Ariel Sharon.

Correction (8/9/05): Hassan Fouda's July 24 column inaccurately claimed that Israeli forces murdered 1,000 people in a single day in the refugee camps of Sabra and Shatila in Southern Lebanon in 1982. In fact, no Israelis were directly involved and the murders were carried out by Lebanese Christian militiamen. Israel's Kahan Commission later concluded that Defense Minister Ariel Sharon was indirectly responsible since he should have taken stronger steps to prevent the violence.


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