Additional Chicago Tribune Corrections

Error (Chicago Tribune, Op-Ed by Gary Fields, 2/22/04): More than a physical barrier imposed by the powerful upon the region’s stateless and dispossessed, the wall expresses a collective psychology of conquest articulated most succinctly by one of its leading proponents, Moshe Yaalon, the Israeli army chief of staff.

He insists that “the Palestinians must be made to understand in the deepest recesses of their consciousness that they are a defeated people.”

Correction (3/6/09): In a Perspective piece by Gary Fields, professor of communications at the University of California, San Diego, that ran in Feb. 22, 2004, editions of the Chicago Tribune, an unverified quote was used and attributed to the Israeli army’s chief of staff, Moshe Yaalon. The op-ed quoted Yaalon as saying that “the Palestinians must be made to understand in the deepest recesses of their consciousness that they are a defeated people.” While cited frequently over the years, this quote does not appear in the Israeli newspaper article to which it has been attributed, and the writer of that article said Yaalon did not say this. Fields could not confirm the origin of the quote. A spokesman for Yaalon said Thursday that Yaalon was misquoted and did not say the sentence attributed to him. Since the exact origin of the quotation has not been found and verified, it should not have been used in the Tribune.

 

Error (Chicago Tribune, from Los Angeles Times, 7/26/08): …the rabbi who manages Judaism’s holiest site [the Western Wall], was furious.

Correction (7/30/08): A story in Saturday’s Section 1 incorrectly referred to Jerusalem’s Western Wall as “Judaism’s holiest site.” It is Judaism’s holiest shrine.

Fact: While the Western Wall is the holiest man-made structure at which Jews are permitted to pray, the holiest ground in Judaism is on the Temple Mount.

 

Error (Chicago Tribune, AP article by Josef Federman, 7/9/04): By September 2005, Sharon plans to pull all Israeli troops from the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.

Correction (7/14/04): A stroy on Page 3 Friday reported incorrectly that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon plans to pull all Israeli troops from the Gaza Strip and the West Bank by September 2005. The plan does not call for a general troop withdrawal from the West Bank. However, it would withdraw all settlers from Gaza along with the soldiers who guard them. In addition, it would evacuate four isolated settlements in the West Bank and redeploy the soldiers guarding them.

 

Error (Chicago Tribune, Joel Greenberg, 3/22/04): He [Yassin] said that “Israel will pay for its crimes” and that Hamas would continue resisting occupation, a phrase that generally refers to bombing and shooting attacks on Israelis in the West Bank and Gaza.

Correction (3/27/04): Stories Jan. 17 and March 22 gave an incomplete explanation of what the militant group Hamas means when it talks about resisting Israeli occupation. Hamas says it considers Israel, as well as the West Bank and Gaza Strip, to be occupied land, so its use of the term resistance can refer to attacks inside Israel as well as Israelis in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

 

Error (Chicago Tribune, HealthDay, 8/10/03): In a three-year round of terrorism that has left 472 dead [in Israel] and 3,846 injured, no studies had looked at the psychological impact of the violence until now, the authors asserted.

Correction (8/17/03): The Discoveries column in the Q section Aug. 10 misstated the number of terrorism casualties in Israel over the last three years. The Israel Defense Forces Web site put the numbers at 820 dead and 5,640 injured after an update Thursday.