Additional NPR Corrections

Error (NPR, Alice Fordham, 10/2/14): And [in Shatila] they remember one of the worst atrocities of the war – a massacre of mostly Palestinian civilians by Christian militias helped by Israeli forces, in 1982.

Correction (Online, 10/6/14): In the audio of this report, it is said that Israeli forces “helped” Christian militias during the massacres of mostly Palestinian civilians at two Lebanese camps in 1982. An earlier Web version of this report said the same. The massacres were at the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in Beirut, which at the time were surrounded by Israeli forces. A commission established by Israel’s government later concluded that the massacres were “perpetrated” by the militias. The commission also concluded that Israel bore “indirect responsibility” because it allowed the militias to enter the camps “without consideration of the danger” and because “no energetic and immediate actions were taken to restrain” the militias or stop the massacres.


Error (NPR, “All Things Considered, Audie Cornish, 1/1/13): For the first time in five years, Israel is allowing shipments of gravel, cement, and other construction materials into Gaza.

Correction (1/8/13): First, we want to expand on and clarify a story that aired on New Year’s Day. It was about Israel’s decision to ease restrictions on the shipment of construction materials to Gaza. Our story failed to note that Israel previously allowed aid organizations to ship construction material into Gaza. The eased rules apply to private sector builders.


Error (NPR, “All Things Considered,” Audie Cornish, 1/1/13): For the first time in five years, Israel is allowing shipments of gravel, cement and other construction materials into Gaza.

Correction (1/7/13, online transcript only): POST-BROADCAST CLARIFICATION: Previously, aid organizations had been allowed to import construction material into Gaza. The eased rules apply to private-sector builders.


Error (NPR, “All Things Considered,” headline, 8/5/10): “U.S. Urges Israelis, Palestinians To Begin Direct Talks”

Correction (Corrected headline, 8/18/10): “U.S. Pushes Palestinians On Direct Talks With Israelis”


Error (NPR, “All Things Considered,” Michelle Norris, 8/14/07): The conflict erupted when Hezbollah launched a cross-border raid and captured two Israeli soldiers. Israeli warplanes unleashed waves of airstrikes against Lebanon and sent troops and tanks across the border. Hezbollah then retaliated by firing Katyusha rockets at Israeli cities and towns.

Correction (8/23/07): In a recent story we stated that last year’s conflict between Israel and Hezbollah erupted when Hezbollah launched a cross border raid and captured two Israeli soldiers. We then said that Israel unleashed air strikes and sent troops and tanks across the border. And Hezbollah retaliated by firing Katyusha rockets into Israel. In fact, Hezbollah launched an initial round of Katyushas at the time of its cross border raid. The katyusha attacks escalated and expanded to most parts of northern Israel after the Israeli air strikes began.


Error (NPR, Frank Browning, 5/29/07): The French Foreign Ministry called on both Israel and Palestinian fighters to curb the violence and return to the established cease fire. The statement strongly condemns Palestinian rocket attacks into Israel launched from Gaza and – while noting Israel’s legitimate rights of self defense – it called on the Israelis to exercise restraint. 46 Palestinians and two Israeli soldiers have died in recent days…

Correction (6/1/07): Here’s another correction. In a news story on Monday, NPR stated that 46 Palestinians and two Israeli soldiers died in recent rocket attacks in and around Gaza. In reality, the two Israelis killed were not soldiers; they were civilians.


Error (NPR, Carl Kasell, 7/21/04): Israel says it will continue to build a West Bank barrier. This despite a unanimous United Nations vote declaring the barrier illegal and calling for its demolition.

Correction (8/10/04): In a newscast on July 21st, NPR reported on a United Nations vote on the construction of a separation barrier in and around the West Bank. We reported the UN voted unanimously to declare illegal the construction of that barrier. In fact, the vote was not unanimous. It was 150-to-6 with 10 abstentions.


Error (NPR, Craig Windham, 7/11/04): It [the bombing in Tel Aviv today] was the first deadly attack in Israel in four months.

Correction (7/29/04): On July 11th, our newscast described a bombing in Tel Aviv that day as the first “deadly attack” in Israel in four months. That was incorrect. A rocket fired on an Israeli community near the Gaza Strip killed two people on June 28th.


Error (NPR, “Weekend Edition,” Linda Gradstein, 5/2/04): An Israeli army spokesman said two Palestinians attacked an Israeli vehicle at the entrance to the Gush Katif block of Jewish settlements in Gaza, killing a mother and her children. . . . The army spokesman said the militants fired at the vehicle and used an explosive device.

Correction (5/9/04): In a newscast last Sunday about the killing of an Israeli mother and her children by two Palestinian gunmen, we attributed the description of the gunmen as militants to an Israeli army spokesman. The spokesman’s statement used the word “terrorists,” not “militants.”


Error (NPR, “Morning Edition,” Bob Edwards, 4/15/04): During a meeting at the White House yesterday with Israel’s prime minister, Ariel Sharon, the president also explicitly rejected the right of millions of Palestinians who fled during the Arab-Israeli War of 1948 to return to what is now Israel.

Correction (5/10/04): In a story last month, we referred to millions of Palestinians who fled Israel during the Arab-Israeli war of 1948 and are now seeking the right of return. The actual number at the time they fled was about 750,000, though the population has since grown into the millions.


Error (NPR, “Morning Edition,” Paul Brown, 4/1/04): Israeli troops have arrested 12 men they say were wanted militants who had taken cover in a Bethlehem psychiatric hospital. Israeli security sources say the men were plann
ing suicide attacks in Israel.

Correction (4/26/04): First, a correction of a term that was used in a newscast earlier this month. Israeli military officials were quoted as saying they had arrested 12 men who were “wanted militants.” But the actual phrase used by the Israeli military was “wanted terrorists.”


Error (NPR, “Morning Edition,” Julie McCarthy, 3/16/04): It is the Jenin refugee camp, largely destroyed in Israel’s incursion into the West Bank in 2002.

Correction (3/29/04): A story about a Palestinian film festival reported that the Jenin refugee camp had been, quote, “largely destroyed” during an Israeli military action in 2002. But a United Nations report notes that while the center of the camp had been totally destroyed, the extent of the destruction for the camp as a whole was 10 percent.


Error (NPR, Peter Kenyon, 2/28/04): Earlier, two other Palestinian armed factions claimed responsibility for a shooting attack that killed two Jewish settlers, a young husband and wife near the settlement of Meitar. The couple is survived by a two-year-old daughter.

Correction (3/13/04): We have one correction to make. In a newscast report on Saturday, February 28th, about an attack on Jewish settlers, we referred to the incident occurring near the settlement of Meitar. Meitar is not a settlement.


Error (NPR, “All Things Considered,” Peter Kenyon, 1/26/04): In a crushing display of military might, the world’s fourth-largest army swept back into the West Bank cities it had vacated during peace talks with the Palestinians.

Correction (2/5/04): In a story that aired January 26th on the strategy of Israel’s military to head off Palestinian attacks, we said that Israel’s army was the world’s fourth-largest. There are various measures of military strength, but, measured by manpower, Israel ranks 13th according to the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London.


Error (NPR, “Morning Edition,” Julie McCarthy, 10/29/03): Not the outposts, but the settlements that now house some 225 million Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank and Gaza.

Correction (11/4/03): First, a correction in an interview about Israel’s plan to extend services such as electricity to some West Bank settlements. NPR’s Julie McCarthy said that 250 million Israelis live in settlements. She meant to say 250,000.


Error (NPR, “Morning Edition,” Julie McCarthy, 8/20/03): SOUNDBITE OF PEOPLE CHANTING HEBREW
As a small group chants `Death to Arabs,’ authorities sift through the wreckage of the explosion that was one of the deadliest in three years of conflict. Ambulance crews ferry casualties to hospitals.

Correction (8/22/03): In an August 20 story on the aftermath of a suicide bombing in Israel, listeners could hear a group of Israelis at the scene chanting in Hebrew. We translated the chant as “death to Arabs.” The correct translation was “we want revenge.”


Error (NPR, “All Things Considered,” Julie McCarthy, 8/6/03): Newly released Ahmad Gnamat served five years for throwing stones at Israeli soldiers and said there was no reason to rejoice.

Correction (8/14/03): In an August 6th story on the Israeli release of Palestinian prisoners, we mistakenly described one of the freed men as having served five years in prison for throwing stones at Israeli soldiers. In fact, he was sentenced for involvement in Hamas and producing explosives.


Error (NPR, Craig Windham, 7/21/03): A Palestinian militant was killed over night in a bomb attack on a military vehicle near the West Bank city of Jenin, according to the Israeli army.

Correction (8/13/03): We want to correct one story from a few weeks ago. In a broadcast on July 21st, we said that a Palestinian militant had been killed in a bomb attack on an Israeli military vehicle and we attributed this statement to the Israeli army. The official army statement actually used the word terrorist, not militant.


Error (WBUR, NPR affiliate in Boston, “The Connection,” Dick Gordon, 9/19/02): Today, in Tel Aviv, in the center of Israel’s capital in front of a synagogue in the middle of the–y–five dead, fifteen injured.

Correction (posted later on web site): There is an error in the opening moments of this program. Dick Gordon says, “Today, in Tel Aviv, in the center of Israel’s capital in front of a synagogue in the middle of the – – five dead, fifteen injured.” The capital of Israel is Jerusalem. We regret the error.


Error (NPR, “Morning Edition” headline, 6/21/02): Israeli officials say Palestinian commandos stormed a house in a Jewish settlement on the West Bank last night killing five people.

Correction (posted later on web site): From NPR News reports, heard on Morning Edition, June 21, 2002: In 7:30 a.m. news headlines during the Morning Edition broadcast on June 21, the newscaster misspoke. She quoted Israeli officials as saying Palestinian commandos stormed a house in a Jewish settlement on the West Bank, killing five people. Israel officials did not identify the Palestinian gunmen as commandos. The news spot was never broadcast again. NPR regrets the error.


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