CAMERA’s Israel office today prompted correction of a Times of Israel article about the disputed circumstances surrounding the death of Abdulrahman Al-Dabag, a Gaza teen killed Friday during a border clash. The Sept. 10 Times of Israel article (“IDF denies Palestinian claims it killed Gaza teen near border“) had originally reported: “later on Friday evening army officials said troops were not operating in the area where the Palestinian teen was killed.”
Likewise, the article’s subheadline reiterated the claim that the Israeli military said it was not operating in the area at the time that Al-Dabag was killed: “Palestinian sources say army shot at rioters near Gaza Strip fence, but the military says no troops were operating in the area.”
Meanwhile, IDF spokesman Peter Lerner confirmed for CAMERA that Reuters and Agence France Presse reports noting that the Israeli military said troops in the area fired only tear gas, are correct.
Following communication from CAMERA, Times of Israel editors commendably amended both the subheadline and the article (screen captures below) to reflect the fact that the Israeli military said forces fired only tear gas (and thus were in the area at the time).
In addition, editors commendably appended the following note to the bottom of the article alerting readers to the change.
For additional Times of Israel corrections prompted by CAMERA, please see here.