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CAMERA Prompts Corrections to Arabic-Language HuffPost

HuffPost Arabi has corrected several errors in an article about Israel following CAMERA's communication with editors there. The corrections were secured thanks to CAMERA's new Arabic-language department.

The HuffPost piece had originally claimed that the Israeli right is represented by those who "envision Israel extending from the Nile to the Euphrates." 

People [Israelis] are divided between those who believe that all the land captured by Israel in 1967 should be given to the Arabs in exchange with peace, as it did with Egypt and planned with Syria, versus the politically strong right-wingers who support the building of settlements and who envision Israel extending from the Nile to the Euphrates, as the undisputed promised land.

This inaccurate characterization has been removed, and the passage now states that

People are divided among those who believe in the return of land captured in 1967 in exchange for peace, as it did with Egypt and planned with Syria, and between the extreme right-wing, pro-settlement and dominant in politics.

The original article also misquoted Israeli politician Yair Lapid as referring to a Jerusalem holy site as the "Buraq wall." The updated article now correctly notes that he used the term "Western Wall" to describe the site.

HuffPost Arabi deserves credit for the changes. The site, though, sidestepped another needed correction, as it continues to claim Israel imposed a "curfew" on the Muslim Quarter during the country's Jerusalem Day parade.

The post originally stated:

Shopkeepers in the Muslim quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem will close their doors on Wednesday, 24 May 2017, due to the curfew. Palestinian citizens will be left behind the doors of their closed houses in the narrow, winding streets surrounding Tariq al Alalam and Tariq Al Wadi.

It now attributes the claim to the Guardian:

Shopkeepers in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem will close their doors on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, due to the "curfew", the Guardian reported.

The Guardian indeed claims that Israel imposed a curfew. But police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld affirms there was no such curfew in place, as CAMERA recently reported.

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