AP Corrects: Terror Victim Rina Shnerb of Lod, Not West Bank

Rina Shnerb of Lod, 2002-2019 (Photo from MFA)

CAMERA’s Israel office prompted correction of an Associated Press report yesterday which erroneously stated that Israeli terror victim, Rina Shnerb, killed in a Palestinian bomb attack Friday, was from the West Bank settlement of Dolev. In fact, she was a resident of the central Israeli city of Lod, visiting a spring near Dolev, when she was murdered and her father and brother were injured.

The Aug. 26 article (“Israeli PM Cuts Gaza fuel transfers amid flurry of threats,” 9:26 AM GMT), had erred:

In the West Bank, Israel is still reeling from the deadly blast Friday at a water spring that killed Rina Shnerb, 17, from the settlement of Dolev, and wounded her brother and father.

In response to communication from CAMERA, AP removed the erroneous information. The amended article accurately reports (1:09 PM GMT):

In the West Bank, the search was still on for the attackers behind the deadly blast Friday at a water spring that killed Rina Shnerb, 17, near the settlement of Dolev, and wounded her brother and father.

CAMERA’s timely action vis-à-vis yesterday’s AP article underscores the value of the organization’s work monitoring and responding to wire stories in the same news cycle as they appear. With this preemptive work CAMERA helps prevent misinformation from appearing in media outlets around the world.