Atlantic Corrects Year in Photos Caption about ‘Nakba Day’ Casualties

CAMERA staff elicited a correction on a 2011: Year in Photos caption which had inflated the number of “Nakba Day” demonstrators killed after infiltrating Israel from Syria. The error and the corrected caption follow:

Error (Atlantic, 2011: Year in Photos, photo caption, 12/7/11): Palestinian protesters infiltrate the Israel-Syria border on May 15, 2011, near the Druze village of Majdal Shams, Israel. Reportedly at least 12 were killed and several injured when IDF soldiers open fired on protesters attempting to cross the Syria-Israel border adjacent to Majdal Shams in Northern Israel.

Correction (12/12/11): Palestinian protesters infiltrate the Israel-Syria border on May 15, 2011, near the Druze village of Majdal Shams, Israel. Reportedly at least 12 were killed and several injured when IDF soldiers opened fire on protesters in several locations along Israel’s borders with Syria, Lebanon and Gaza. Four of the 12 were reportedly killed while attempting to cross the Syria-Israel border here, adjacent to Majdal Shams in Northern Israel. (Update: This caption has been clarified to reflect a more accurate accounting of deaths near Majdal Shams.)

CAMERA commends The Atlantic for its timely and thorough correction of the erroneous figure, first noted on our blog.