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CAMERA Prompts New York Times Correction on Western Wall, Temple Mount

In her article "Arab Proposal to U.N. Over Western Wall Stirs New Concern," New York Times reporter Somini Sengupta inaccurately characterized the Western Wall as the "holiest site in Judaism":
Senior Untied Nations officials have objected to a proposal by some Arab states to classify the Western Wall, the holiest site in Judaism, as part of the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City, following angry denunciations by Israel and many Jewish-American groups.
A photo caption repeated the error as well. After CAMERA contacted the editors about the error (see details here), the newspaper published the following correction:
Correction: October 21, 2015
An earlier version of this article referred incorrectly to the Western Wall. It is one of the holiest sites in Judaism, not the holiest site. (The holiest is the Temple Mount.) The error was repeated in a picture caption.
The Times has yet to correct, however, a second unrelated error in the same article. The article incorrectly reported: "New clashes erupted on Tuesday that left at least four Palestinians fatally shot." "Clashes" did not leave four Palestinians dead. One Palestinian, reportedly a sniper about to fire at Israeli forces, was fatally shot yesterday in clashes at the Gaza border.
Three Palestinians were killed yesterday as they attacked Israelis in stabbing and ramming attacks. They were Adi Hashem al Masalmeh, who stabbed an Israeli soldier yesterday morning near Hebron; a driver in Gush Etztion armed with a knife who rammed his car into two, wounding them; and Bashar al-Nidal Jabari and Hussam Ismail Jabari, who stabbed a soldier last night in Hebron.
CAMERA continues to urge The Times to correct the inaccurate assertion which downplays Palestinian violence against Israelis.
For additional New York Times corrections prompted by CAMERA, please see here.

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