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AP, Haaretz Run Temple Mount Correction. Ynet, Israel Hayom Don't


See Jan. 17, 2016 Update at End of Article: Israel Hayom Corrects
 
Last week we noted that, in response to communication from CAMERA, the Associated Press commendably updated an article which had erroneously identified the Western Wall as "believed to be the last remnant of the Temple complex." In fact, there are many extant remains from the Temple complex including the southern, eastern and northern retaining walls are also still extant.
 
In addition, the article about "the most contested piece of real estate in Jerusalem," or the Temple Mount, initially failed to note that the site is the most sacred in Judaism and the third most holy in Islam. Per CAMERA's urging, the AP commendably added this critical information in the updated version of the article which appeared on the news wire on the same news cycle as the original story.
 
Nevertheless, three English-language Israeli media outlets, which in the first place should have been better equipped to deal with misinformation about the Temple Mount, ran the erroneous, older article hours after the corrected, updated version was released. Of the three -- Haaretz, Ynet and Israel Hayom -- only Haaretz has responded to CAMERA's calls for correction.
 
The Israeli daily, influential among foreign correspondents, diplomats and policymakers, replaced the incomplete and erroneous original AP article with the later improved version. As a result, the added information about the Temple Mount's status in Judaism and Islam now appears on Haaretz:
 
 
In addition, Haaretz's story now correctly notes that the Western Wall is believed to be "one of the last remnants of the Temple complex."
 
 
Finally, Haaretz editors commendably appended the following note to the bottom of the article noting changes were made:
 
 
For additional Haaretz corrections prompted by CAMERA and Presspectiva, our Hebrew department, please see here.
 
Jan. 17, 2016 Update: Israel Hayom Corrects
 
In the last couple of days, Israel Hayom has commendably fixed its article. It now refers to the Temple Mount as "considered Judaism's holiest spot and Islam's third holiest." It also notes that the Western Wall, "believed to be one of the last remnants of the Temple complex, is the holiest site where Jews can pray."

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