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May 6, 2012 — There’s Haaretz in Hebrew and then there’s Haaretz in English, and it’s not just language or circulation which sets them apart. (The Hebrew edition of Haaretz has a very low circulation in comparison to other Israeli newspapers; its influential English site is the go-to portal for Western journalists, policymakers, diplomats, and a vast public.)
Close reading of both print editions over the course of years has revealed an ongoing pattern. In preparation for the English edition, the Hebrew articles (most Haaretz stories are written first in Hebrew) are not merely translated – they’re often also whitewashed. In sometimes dramatic and sometimes subtle cases, time and again, information appearing in the Hebrew original concerning Palestinian militancy, violence and other Arab wrongdoing is downplayed or omitted entirely. In some instances, the English account is completely at odds with the original Hebrew.
For instance, on Jan. 11, 2011, Zvi Barel wrote in Hebrew about a plan by Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat to link the eviction of Jews residing in an illegal building in the neighborhood of Silwan to the eviction of Arabs also living in illegal buildings in the same neighborhood: “A house in which Jews live illegally will be exchanged for a house in which Palestinians live illegally.” (Emphasis added.) The Hebrew report was factually correct.
The English translator, however, whether intentionally or not, gave the sentence an entirely new – and false – meaning, rendering the “illegal” Palestinian house “entirely legal.” The English read: “A house in which Jews live illegally will be exchanged for a house in which Palestinians live entirely legally.” (Emphasis added.) Is this either an entirely innocent slip of the pen or perhaps subconscious editorializing on the translator’s part? It’s impossible to know, but the introduction of the word “entirely,” which does not appear in the Hebrew original, suggests something perhaps more deliberate at play. (The English edition, online and print, was subsequently corrected after Presspectiva, CAMERA’s Hebrew site, contacted editors. See “Presspectiva, CAMERA’s Hebrew Site, Prompts Improvements,” below.)
This case would be striking enough as a stand alone item, but unfortunately it is consistent with a clear trend, which CAMERA has begun to document on its blog (blog.camera.org) but which warrants an extensive published study. The following is a partial collection of some of the highlights of the “Ha’aretz, Lost in Translation” series. (All translations from Hebrew are CAMERA’s.)
Tensions surrounding the Palestinians’ September 2011 statehood bid at the United Nations provided fertile ground for the Ha’aretz translators-cum-whitewashers. Journalist Avi Issacharoff reported fully on the words of Latifa Abu Hmeid, the mother of four terrorists who was appointed by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to lead a procession to the United Nations office in Ramallah and deliver a letter addressed to Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, thereby launching the statehood campaign. The Hebrew version of Issacharoff’s story quoted Abu Hmeid:
I hope there will not be shooting and there will not be injured. We don’t wish to see more of our people killed. I paid a very high price, like every Palestinian household. There are those killed, there are prisoners. I am prevented from seeing my fours sons. We want peace with Israel, but Israel does not want peace. We will return to our lands, including the lands of 1948. (Emphasis added.)
And the English version? Apparently not wishing to detract from the “we’re not interested in an intifada” sentiment expressed in the article, Haaretz translators tactfully – or, some might say, deceptively – omits Abu Hmeid’s less peaceful remark.
Sanitizing Terrorists Released in Shalit Deal
An Oct. 19, 2011 on earlier prisoner exchanges makes clear in Hebrew that the released Palestinian prisoners from the Shalit deal are from the most infamous terror attacks, well-known to Israelis. It reports:
The names of the 1,233 prisoners released in recent years mean little to most Israelis. But the prisoners from the Shalit deal are known to the public according to the names of the attacks in which they participated: Sbarro, Dolphinarium, Park Hotel, Moment Café, and more, among the most severe attacks ever in Israel, and that is the difference [between this release and earlier releases.]
But the English translation of this article reads the exact opposite. Incredibly, contrary to the Hebrew original, it states that the released prisoners from the Shalit deal are unknown to Israelis. The English reads:
The names of most of the prisoners freed since July 2007 mean little to most Israelis, as do the names of the prisoners freed on Tuesday [in the first round of the Shalit deal].
Furthermore, the Hebrew (online) subheadline and first paragraph both refer to the earlier releases as Israeli “gestures,” meaning that Israel was not bound to implement them, but nevertheless did so out of goodwill. In contrast, the English version eliminates the word gesture, replacing it with the longer and more vague “various political reasons.”
Hamas Member Becomes Civilian
In another blatant case of scrubbing the Palestinians’ image, an English edition news brief on July 14, 2011 by Anshel Pfeffer covers “the killing of a Palestinian civilian by an IDF force,” 22-year-old Ibrahim Sarhan. Nowhere does the brief note that Sarhan was a Hamas member, despite the fact that the original Hebrew item states: “Hamas announced that he was a member of the organization.” (The online English edition was improved following Presspectiva’s intervention. See below for details.)
Friendly Face for Hostile Egyptian Official
Nabil Elaraby, appointed Egyptian Foreign Minister in March 2011 also gets a facelift in the English edition. An English subtitle about his appointment reads: “Nabil Elaraby sat across from Israelis at the negotiating table on several occasions, dating back to the successful Camp David agreements in 1978 that led to the Egypt-Israel peace treaty.” As the CiF Watch Web site pointed out, “He seems like just the sort of nice chap Israel should be happy to see rise to the top in the ‘new Egypt.’” Yet, the Hebrew subtitle does not emit such a promising message. It states: “Nabil Elaraby, who served as Egypt’s ambassador to the UN, replaced Achmed abu El Rit. In the past, he led initiatives against Israel.”
Fabricating Israeli Misdeeds
But Haaretz’s “Lost in Translation” affliction is not just limited to whitewashing Palestinian misdeeds. At time, it includes the complementary component – mistranslating or introducing misinformation reflecting negatively on Israel which did not appear in the Hebrew original.
Under this heading, readers are told that Israeli soldiers are responsible for the death of Mohammed Al Dura. A May 1, 2011 English article initially stated:
[Jamal] Al-Dura had sued Yehuda for libel after the doctor, who operated on him in 1994, exposed details from his medical file in order to back claims that the elder al-Dura’s scars were the result of surgery – and not caused by the IDF fire that killed his son in September, 2000. (Emphasis added.)
The English translator simply skipped over the Hebrew words indicating that according to Jamal IDF fire was responsible for Mohammed’s death. The omission of these key words makes all the difference in the world in such an explosive and disputed incident. (In this case too, Haaretz editors fixed the English online edition following communication from Presspectiva.)
Many of the mistranslations give misinformation about minorities in Israel. Thus, according to the June 17, 2011 English paper, “Arabs and married women” “cannot serve in the Israel Defense Forces.” Though both groups are exempt from serving, they are entitled to serve, and some do so. The inaccurate sentence does not appear in the Hebrew edition.
Likewise, the English version of an article by Gili Cohen Dec. 4, 2011 claims:
the Naqba Law, which makes it possible to deprive organizations that oppose the core principles of the State of Israel of funding and “does great damage to the freedom of political expression, to artistic freedom and to the right to demonstrate,” according to the report.
Except, the so-called Naqba Law does not apply to “organizations” in general, but only to government funded bodies, such as public schools or municipalities. And the only funding at risk is government money, not donations, foreign or otherwise.
The Hebrew version of the article does not mention the Naqba Law at all, leaving one to wonder once again: who are you Haaretz translators and why have you mangled the original Hebrew? The long-term impact on Haaretz’s robust foreign readership of routinely downplaying Palestinian violence and misdeeds while fabricating Israeli wrongdoings should not be underestimated. In plain English, Haaretz translators are doing a very bad job.
Presspectiva, CAMERA's Hebrew Site, Prompts Improvements
, CAMERA’s Hebrew-language Web site, works closely with CAMERA’s English-speaking staff in Israel to identify, document, and correct instances of "Haaretz
, Lost in Translation."
Since Presspectiva's launch in 2010, the Israeli staff has communicated with Haaretz editors regularly, gaining corrections and improvements on some of the mistranslations, among other errors at Ha’aretz.
Some of the mistranslations discussed in the above article were corrected, if only online, as a result of Presspectiva’s work.
For example, Ha’aretz commendably ran a relatively rare print correction on a Jan. 11, 2011 English article mentioning "entirely legally" inhabited Palestinian homes in Silwan. The original Hebrew article had correctly noted the Arab homes were, in fact, illegal.
More often, mistranslations noted by Presspectiva/CAMERA were corrected in the online edition, though corrections did not appear in print. For instance, an article which had initially erroneously claimed that IDF killed Mohammed Al Dura was updated to indicate that the boy’s father claimed the IDF killed Mohammed.
A news brief which wrongly identified a slain Hamas member as a civilian changed that description to "youth," and added: "Hamas later confirmed that the youth was a member of the organization.
Similarly, the Ha’aretz English edition updated the inaccurate headline "Report: Hamas admits for first time losing 200-300 men in Gaza war" to "Report: Hamas admits for first time losing more than 600 men in Gaza war."
Likewise, editors updated an English article online which had wrongly stated that Defense Minister Ehud Barak took responsibility for the killing of several Egyptian soldiers in August 2011. The updated version correctly noted that Barak "expressed regret over the deaths of three Egyptian policemen," and deleted the phrase that had initially appeared: "from Israel Defence Forces fire on Thursday."
CAMERA applauds editors’ efforts to correct mistranslations once they appear. But the question remains: what steps, if any, have been introduced to ensure that translators no longer take liberties with reports to suit their personal agendas?
This article will be updated as new cases of "Lost in Translation" appear.
Rewriting the Nakba Law, May 10, 2012
Hebrew (Talia Nesher): The law enables the finance minister to reduce or withhold budgeted funds to state-funded bodies, if among other things, they call for the rejection of the existence of the state of Israel....
Original English: In January, the High Court of Justice upheld the controversial Nakba Law passed by the Knesset in March, which fines bodies who openly reject Israel as a Jewish state.
Corrected English: In January, the High Court of Justice upheld the controversial Nakba Law passed by the Knesset in March, which grants the Finance Minister the authority to reduce the budget of state-funded bodies that openly reject Israel as a Jewish state or mark the state's Independence Day as a day of mourning.
Print Correction (May 11): An article by Talila Nesher ("Tel Aviv University students to mark Nakba Day on campus," May 9 [sic]) incorrectly stated which bodies are affected by the Nakba Law. The law applies to bodies that receive state funding and not as published.
Judaism's Holiest Site, May 13, 2012
Hebrew (Nir Hasson): The Western Wall is undoubtedly a holy site, but the kotel plaza is apparently the brightest and hottest spot in Jerusalem.
: The result is an almost unbearable experience for worshipers and tourists who congregate at Judaism's holiest site.
Hebrew (headline and subheadline): Parents of Children Hospitalized at Meir Hospital: Teachers at the Institution are Prohibited From Speaking Arabic
According to the parents' complaint, the director of the intistution's education center berated teachers in front of them. The Education Ministry: No such instruction exists in the regulations book
English (headline and subheadline): Kfar Sava hospital bans teaching staff from speaking in Arabic
Arab teachers and students working in Kfar Sava's Meir Medical Center have been forbidden to speak to each other in Arabic, despite the fact that Arabic is one of Israel's official languages.
Corrected Online English headline (as of May 30): Parents claim that Kfar Sava hospital bans teaching staff from speaking in Arabic
Print Correction (May 29):
Due to an editing error, the headline of an article by Jack Khoury about Meir Hospital ("Kfar Sava hospital bans teaching staff from chatting in Arabic," Haaretz, May 18) neglected to point out that the claim was based on a complaint filed by parents whose children were hospitalized there.
Hebrew (headline and subheadline):
Border policemen push and injure a 60-year-old man during the arrest of suspected stone throwers: The man, a resident of east Jerusalem, tried to prevent the police from entering his house to arrest a suspect, was pushed towards a jeep and required treatment. His son was sprayed with tear gas. Watch the documentation of the incident
English (headline and subheadline):
Border Police caught on video beating elderly Palestinian man: Clip shows Faraj Sub-Labn, a man of around 60, collapsing on the ground after being shoved onto a parked military vehicle near his home in the northern Jerusalem village of Dahiat Al-Barid.
Hebrew (headline, in print): Suspected terror attack: Palestinian broke into a home in Eshkol and stabbed a woman
English (headline, in print): Soldiers shoot, kill Arab teen after Gaza-area home invasion and assault
Hebrew (headline and subheadline, in print): Who in the Knesset is looking after the housing shortage: The severe shortage of public housing does not encourage MKs to check where funds from the apartment sales, meant for those in need of public housing, have disappeared
English (headline and subheadline, in print): Where did funds earmarked for public housing go? To pave a road to Ma'aleh Adumim, among other things
Hebrew (headline, in print): Changing the Jerusalem map: Planning committees approve extensive building beyond the Green Line
English (headline, in print): Jerusalem okays new housing in move 'designed to eliminate chance of deal with Palestinians'
Hebrew (headline, in print): Within hours, the police and army evacuated the Palestinian outpost erected in Area E1
English (headline, in print): Troops evacuate Palestinians from E-1 tent protest despite court injunction
Print correction (Feb. 7):
In the article "Troops evacuate Palestinians from E-1 tent protest despite court injunction," by Chaim Levinson and Barak Ravid, published on January 14, it should have been made clear that the court injunction referred to tents rather than the protesters.
Hebrew (in print and online): Yesterday Palestinians reported that Israeli soldiers shot to death a Palestinian youth near the border fence in the Gaza Strip. According to Hamas' Ministry of Health, the fatality was Mustafa Abu Jarad, a 21-year-old farmer from Beit Lahiya. The army spokesman denied the report, saying the incident was not related to the army.
English (in print and online):
. . . Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian man in the Gaza Strip. Israel had no immediate comment on the reported shooting of the man, who the Islamist Hamas-run Health Ministry said was a farmer, in the Gaza town of Beit Lahiya on the frontier with Israel.
Online correction (online as of Jan. 24, on another article): Palestinian sources said that Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian man in the Gaza town of Beit Lahiya near the border with Israel. Gazan officials said Mustafa Abu Jarad, 21, was a farmer. He was taken to Shifa hospital, where doctors said he died from his wounds. The IDF denied involvement in the incident.
Print correction (Feb. 7):
In the article "IDF kills fourth Palestinian in a week," by Jack Khoury and Chaim Levinson, published on January 16, the reported shooting death of a Palestinian man by Israeli forces should have been attributed to Palestinian sources. It should also have been noted that the IDF denied involvement in the incident.
Hebrew (in print and online):
Cohen is the man who decided, among other things, whether to arrest Samer Issawi last August, after he had been released in the Gilead Shalit deal, and whether and how to interrogate Arafat Jaradat . . .
English (in print and online):
Cohen is the man who decided whether to arrest Samer Issawi last August after he had been released in the deal in which abducted soldier Gilad Shalit was exchanged for 477 Palestinian prisoners.
Print correction (Jan. 28):
Hebrew (in print and line): About a month ago, Haaretz reported that the Health Ministry director-general Prof. Rami Gamzu sent out a directive to the four health funds not to automatically give Ethiopian women the injection. "Without taking a position or establishing facts about the claims regarding this matter," the director-general wrote, "I request that all gynecologists working in or with the HMOs not renew Depo-Provera prescriptions for women of Ethiopian origin or other women if for any reason there is concern they might not undersand the ramifications of the treatment." (Emphases added.)
English (in print and online): About a month ago, Health Ministry director-general Prof. Rami Gamzu indicated there may have indeed have been some kind of policy to this effect, when he instructed the fourth health maintenance organizations to stop adminitering Depo-Provera injections as a matter of course. The ministry and other state agencies had previously denied knowledge or responsibility for the practice.
Gamzu's letter instructed all gynecologists in the HMOs "not to renew prescriptions for Depo-Provera for women of Ethiopian origin if for any reason there is concern they might not understand the ramifications of the treatment." (Emphases added)
Hebrew (in print and online): On Jan. 1 this year a procession took place marking 48 years since Fatah's first attempted attack.
English (in print and online): At a procession in Dheisheh marking the Fatah's 48th anniversary in January, youngsters brandished weapons.
Hebrew (in print and online): In June 2012, the United Nations educational and cultural organization, UNESCO, recognized the Church of the Nativity as a Palestinian World Heritage Site. The decision was made a few months after Palestine became a member of the organization.
English (in print): The UN recognized the Church of the Nativity as a Palestinian World Heritage Site several months after Palestine became a full-fledge member of the organization.
Correction (March 19, in print): In the article, "IDF to relocate Iron Dome battery for Obama photo-op," by Barak Ravid (March 12) it was UNESCO, and not the UN, which recognized the Church of the Nativity as a Palestinian World Heritage Site, several months after Palestine became a full-fledged member of the Organization.
Hebrew (in print and online): Every professional army officer not in a front-line unit must spend a week a year protecting settlements -- part of the regular tour of duty guarding settlements in the West Bank, in the Jordan Valley or the Kerem Shalom area, as part of securing the region.
English (in print and online): These 25 unauthorized outposts are guarded by a special force tasked with “community protection.” Soldiers from the force typically spend a full week at a time guarding and protecting the outpost where they are stationed.
Every professional army officer who does not serve in a front-line unit must spend one week a year protecting these settlements.
Correction (April 5, print):
An article by Gili Cohen ("IDF regularly deploys soldiers to guard one-quarter of illegal West Bank outposts," April 4) should have stated that every professional army officer who does not serve in a front-line unit must spend one week protecting vulnerable communities on both sides of the Green Line. The original version included a translation of the Hebrew term "yishuvim" as "settlements."
Hebrew (in print and online): During the hearing, which took place in a small room near the room where Issawi is hospitalized under heavy security, he decided to stand up and remove his clothes. He looked very thin, skeletal, and he said to the judge and those present: "You showed us this look a few days ago when you showed Holocaust victims."
People who attending the hearing said that the judge and representatives of the prosecutor's office were shocked by the prisoner's appearance and by the comparison that he made.
English (online): During the hearing, which took place next door to Issawi's hospital room, he stood up and removed his clothes. He looked very thin and skeleton-like, according to witnesses present at the hearing. "You showed this look a few days ago when you showed the victims of the Holocaust," Issawi then told the hearing, referring to Holocaust Remembrance Day earlier this month.
Those who attended the meeting report that Judge Kaufmann and the Military Prosecutor's Office representatives were shocked at how Issawi looked, and agreed to the comparison.
English (in print): People who attended the meeting said that Kaufmann and the military prosecutors were shocked at how Issawi looked and agreed with the comparison.
Correction (in print, April 24):
Jack Khoury's article on April 23 ("Palestinian hunger striker refused to participate in trial") contained a translation error. It should have stated that people who attended Samer Issawi's hearing said that Judge Dalia Kaufmann and the military prosecutors were shocked both by Issawi's appearance and by the comparison he made between his appearance and that of a Holocaust survivor.
Jews Permitted to Pray on Temple Mount, May 9, 2013
Hebrew (in print and online):
Yesterday morning the police allowed some 200 Jewish worshippers to enter the Temple Mount in honor of Jerusalem Day.
English (in print and online):
The rioting ensued Tuesday after the police allowed some 200 Jews to enter the Temple Mount to pray in honor of Jerusalem Day.
Correction (May 16):
Due to a translation error, two recent articles ("Jordan grills Israeli ambassador following Temple Mount rioting," May 9, and "Women of Wall, Haredi girls face off at Kotel," May 10) incorrectly stated that police allowed Jewish worshippers to enter the Temple Mount to pray. By Israeli law, Jews are not permitted to pray on the Temple Mount.
Jewish Israeli Rape Victim Transformed into Palestinian, June 6, 2013
Yeshaya, a judge emeritus of a district court in Tel Aviv, said this week during a hearing that "some girls enjoy rape." He was the head of an appeals committee on national security which was ruling on the appeal of a female youth, now 19, who was raped six years ago by four Palestinians near the Hizma checkpoint.
English (in print only): Yeshaya's comment that "some girls enjoy rape" was made this week while he was serving as head of an appeals committee that ruled on the case of a teenage rape victim. The Palestinian teenager, now 19 years old, was raped six years ago by four Palestinian youths near the West Bank's Hizma roadblock, near Jerusalem.
Correction (June 14):
In the article "Judge who said 'some girls enjoy rape' resigns, loses PM's support for Likud post" (June 6, 2013), the rape victim was mistakenly identified as a Palestinian. The victim is an Israeli citizen who had returned to the court with the goal of being recognized by the Defense Ministry as a victim of terror.
Nun Too Accurate, Sept. 1, 2013
Hebrew (headline and subheadline, online): A nun from Syria visiting Israel: An American attack would prove disastrous; Sister Agnes-Mariam worries that an attack would turn Syria into Afghanistan and ignite a regional war; She claims that 150,000 Jihadi fighters from 80 countries already rule the majority of the country's populated areas
English (online only): Syrian sister points accusing finger at Israel, U.S.; Why a Carmelite nun believes the chemical attack in Damascus was faked
Correction (Sept. 2): On visit to Israel, Syrian-based nun backs beleaguered President Assad; Why a Carmelite nun believes the chemical attack in Damascus was faked
Life Sentences Lost in Translation, Oct. 28, 2013
Hebrew (print and online): According to the Prime Minister's Office, the released prisoners carried out the attacks for which they were imprisoned before the signing of the Oslo Accords and served 17 to 28 years in prison.
English (print and online): The Prime Minister’s Office stated that all of the prisoners slated for release were involved in attacks before the Oslo Accords were signed, and all received sentences of between 17 and 27 years in prison.
Correction (Oct. 29): Due to a translation error, an article by Barak Ravid and Jonathan Lis ("Ministers approve release of 26 Palestinian prisoners for peace talks," October 28) incorrectly stated the length of the sentences handed to the 26 Palestinians due to be released this week. They were all sentenced to life terms or at least 30 years.
English (online, headline, subheadline and text): Israeli major denounces soldiers who hung gay flag on base as ‘disgrace’
Gay pride flag ‘disgraces the State of Israel’ officer tells soldier, before court martial.
A major in an IDF base told soldiers that the pride flag they had hung in their room “is a disgrace to the state of Israel,” Haaretz has learned.
The Nahal Brigade soldiers, who serve at the Southern Command in the Dimona area, had hung a pride flag in their room with a Star of David drawn on it. The Major, who was inspecting the bases’ rooms, found two problems with the state of the room: A power strip (which is forbidden in army residences) and the flag.
NCO to soldiers who hung a gay pride flag: "It's a disgrace to the State of Israel"
Soldiers based in the Dimona area hung the rainbow flag with a Star of David on it in their room. They say the drill sergeant yelled at them and demanded they remove it when he inspected the rooms
An NCO at an IDF base told soldiers that the gay pride flag that they hung in their room "disgraces the state of Israel," the soldiers told Ha'aretz. Nahal Brigade soldiers, who serve in the Southern Comand, hand hung a flag in their room with a gay pride flag in their room with a Star of David on it. The soldiers, who are supposed to be released in three months, said that yesterday the drill sergeant inspected the living quarters and found two problems: A power strip (which is forbidden in army residences) and the gay pride flag.
Correction (March 27): Israeli NCO denounces soldiers who hung gay flag on base as 'disgrace'
Gay pride flag 'disgraces the State of Israel,' drill sergeant [sic] tells soldier, before court martial.
A drill sergeant in a military base told soldiers that the pride flag they had hung in their room "is a disgrace to the state of Israel," Haaretz has learned.
The Nahal Brigade soldiers, who serve at the Southern Command in the Dimona area, had hung a pride flag in their room with a Star of David drawn on it. The sargent [sic], who was inspecting the bases' rooms, found two problems with the state of the room: An power strip (which is forbidden in army residences) and the flag. . . .
This article was amended on March 27 to correct the rank and position of the non-commissioned officer.
English (photo caption, weekend section, in print): A Palestinian woman at the West Bank separation barrier near the Israeli city of Modi'in. Nothing fuels hatred like oppression.
, 3/13/14): A Palestinian woman in front of the separation barrier near Modi'in Ilit, 2011
(4/28/14): The caption accompanying an article by Peter Beinart ("A simple lesson for Israel," April 25) incorrectly identified the Israeli city seen in the background of West Bank separation barrier. The city in question is Modi'in Ilit.
and in print): Lag Ba'omer in Hebron: Settlers torch Palestinian orchard
): Lag B'Omer: Settlers from Hebron lit a bonfire in an olive grove in Tel Rumeida
English (online): A Palestinian armed with a grenade was apprehended by security forces near the settlement of Sde Avraham.
Hebrew: A Palestinian armed with a grenade was apprehended early morning this morning between the communities of Yeted and Sde Avraham in the Eshkol Regional Council. He was apprehended by a security guard from the regional security service. According to the preliminary investigation, the Palestinian infiltrated into Israeli territory from the Gaza Strip, after having crossed the security fence in the southern strip. He was transferred to the security forces for interrogation. A similar incident took place in November 2012 when a Palestinian from the Gaza Strip armed with a knife crossed the fence without being detected by security forces in the guard post, and entered one of the houses in the community of Sde Avraham, and wounded a woman. He was shot to death immediately afterwards by IDF forces.
Correction (6/22/14): A Palestinian armed with a grenade was apprehended by security forces near Sde Avraham, an Israeli community near the Gaza Strip.
English (print, 1/1/15 and online 12/31/15): In November Palestinian reports said that settlers set fire to a mosque in the village of Moughayer. Worshippers arriving for morning prayers put out the fire.
Hebrew (print, 1/1/15): A few weeks ago West Bank firefighters noted that the fire was caused by a short in an electrical heater, and not by arson.
Correction (1/1/15): In November Palestinian reports said that settlers set fire to a mosque in the village of Mughayer. Worshipers arriving for morning prayers put out the fire. Israeli firefighters subsequently determined that a fire at a mosque in early November was an electrical fire, rather than an act of arson as was previously believed.
Appended to bottom of online article: This article was amended on 1.1.2015 to include the findings of Israeli firefighters, who investigated the fire at a mosque in Mughayer in November.
English (4/17/15): Two days later, last Friday, with the whole family at his side, Jafar died. His funeral took place the same day, and was attended by thousands.
Afterward, hundreds of enraged young people started to march toward the IDF checkpoint at the edge of the town. Troops from the Golani infantry brigade lay in ambush for them in the skeleton of an old Israeli bus that was abandoned long ago in the town. The mourners were in the street, the remains of the bus stood on the slope below.
Ziyyad Awad was distraught at the death of his beloved friend and cousin; he had been with him until his final moments.
The soldiers shot at Ziyyad. He was hit in the stomach and died, the rounds apparently fired with a .22-caliber Ruger rifle. Three other people were wounded, two of them in their upper body. The Military Police launched an investigation.
Hebrew (4/17/15): Thousands accompanied him on his final journey and at the end hundreds of enraged youth approached the checkpoint at the exit of the city, and threw stones.
Correction (4/19/15): Afterward, hundreds of enraged young people started to march toward the IDF checkpoint at the edge of the town and began throwing stones. . . .
This article was amended on 19/4/2015 to add the fact that some mourners at Jafar Awad's funeral threw stones at IDF forces.
): . . . I saw that Professor Asa Kasher, author of the Israel Defense Forces code of ethics, was not complaining about the deaths of more than 150 Palestinians on August 1 that resulted from the operational interpretation of the army's so-called "Hannibal directive" that he formulated.
): . . . It has become clear that Professor Asa Kasher, author of the IDF's code of ethics, was not complaining about the military interpretation of the Hannibal Directive that he formulated because of the massive use of force which led to the killing of scores [CAMERA's note: or dozens, literally "tens"] of Palestinians as well as the killing of the captured soldier.
Correction (online 7/13/15): . . .I saw that Professor Asa Kasher, author of the Israel Defense Forces code of ethics, was not complaining about the deaths of dozens of Palestinians on August 1 that resulted from the operational interpretation of the army's so-called "Hannibal directive" . . .
This article was amended on 13.7.2015 to correct a translation error.
English (7/16/15): . . . Two weeks ago, four people were wounded in a drive-by shooting attack near the West Bank settlement of Shvut Rachel.
): Approximately three weeks ago, there was a drive-by shooting on the Eilon road in the direction of the Shvut Rachel settlement. Malakhi Moshe Rosenfeld, 26, from the Kochav Hashachar settlement, was seriously injured and died the next day. Three additional people were moderately injured.
Correction (online 7/16/15): Two weeks ago, one person was killed and three were wounded in a drive-by shooting attack near the West Bank settlement of Shvut Rachel.
This article was amended on July 16, 2015, to include the fact that Malakhi Moshe Rosenfeld, who was wounded in the drive-by shooting on June 29, succumbed to his wounds a day later.
Two Israeli Stabbing Victims Become One
): Last month, an Israeli border policeman was critically wounded in a stabbing attack at the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem. The officer was stabbed in the neck, but managed to shoot the attacker before collapsing.
): A month ago, two stabbing attacks took place: A border policeman was critically wounded in a stabbing attack by Damascus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem. The assailant was shot and critically wounded. The same day a Palestinian woman stabbed a female soldier on Hebron Road, close to Bethlehem, and was gravely injured. According to the police the terrorist who stabbed the border policeman followed him as he was on his way from the base to his guard duty in the Damascus Gate area. He tackled from behind and stabbed him in his neck. The policeman managed to respond, shooting the terrorist and seriously injuring him.
English (7/29/15, headline, print only): Cuts to higher education to hurt Arabs, ultra-Orthodox Jews most
): The cuts in higher education will harm access for Haredim and Arabs to academia
English (12/10/15, print): Four soldiers were wounded when a car deliberately drove into them at the Beit Arye junction in the West Bank yesterday afternoon . . .
The car crashed into a military vehicle after hitting the soldiers, wounding its driver.
The soldiers were standing near the military vehicle when a speeding car rammed three of them. It then crashed into the vehicle and wounded its driver as well.
The ramming car fled the scene, but it was later found. . .
Hebrew (12/10/15, print): Four soldiers were injured yesterday in a ramming attack at the Beit Arye junction in the West Bank. One is in moderate condition, and the other three are lightly injured.
The driver [literally, the rammer] fled the scene, but later security forces located the vehicle that he apparently drove. . .
English (12/14/15, print only): Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat, whose 37-year-old nephrew [sic] killed [sic] last week at the Hizme checkpoint . . .
Hebrew (12/14/15, print): Erekat did not point out that his nephew – Mazen Erekat, an officer in the Palestinian security forces, was shot after he carried out a shooting attack in which he injured two Israelis.
(12/24/15, in print and online
): In November, an IDF soldier was killed (and a civilian from Eritrea was beaten to death) during a shooting at the Be'er Sheva bus station carried out by a Bedouin.
Hebrew (12/24/15): In November, an IDF soldier was killed (and a civilian from Eritrea was fatally shot) during a shooting at the Be’er Sheva bus station carried out by a Bedouin . . . .
Correction (online 12/27/15): In November, an IDF soldier was killed (and a civilian from Eritrea was fatally shot) during a shooting at the Be’er Sheva bus station carried out by a Bedouin . . . .
Clarification: This article was amended on December 27 to correct the cause of death of Eritrean asylum seeker Haftom Zarhum. According to the results of an autopsy, Zarhum died from gunshot wounds and not as a result of the mob beating that followed.
(1/22/16, in print and online
): There are many differences between conditions in South Africa during the apartheid era and those current in the land from the Jordan River to the sea, especially in the territories that Israel controls beyond its internationally recognized borders.
): There are many differences between conditions in South Africa during the apartheid era and those in the land from the Jordan River to the sea, especially in the territories that Israel controls beyond the Green Line . . .
(2/10/16, in print and online
): A subcommittee of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee called in members of the Foreign Press Association yesterday to discuss their reporting of terrorism and the occupation in Israel.
Hebrew (2/9/16): A subcommittee of the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee called in representatives of the foreign press today (Tuesday) in order to explain how they cover the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Correction (online, as of 2/11/16): A subcommittee of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee called in members of the Foreign Press Association on Tuesday to discuss their reporting of Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
English (3/8/16, in print and online): Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seeking to limit the role of the left wing NGOs in election campaigns …
Hebrew (3/8/16): Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seeking to limit the role of NGOs from the right and from the left in election campaigns …
Correction (3/9/16): Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seeking to limit the role of and left- and right-wing NGOs in election campaigns …
This article was amended on March 8: The proposed legislation would target left- and right-wing NGOs and not as originally published.
English (online headline): Netanyahu Seeks to Limit Left-wing NGOs' Role in Future Israeli Elections
Hebrew: Netanyahu advances a bill to limit contributions from political NGO
Correction (3/9/16): Netanyahu Seeks to Limit Political NGOs' Role in Future Israeli Elections
(3/25/15, in print and online
): The image recalls that of Mohammed al-Dura, the boy who was shot and killed by Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip in September 2000, while his father tried to protect him . . .
): The image recalls that of Mohammed Al Dura, who was shot and killed in Gaza while his father tried to protect him …
Correction (online as of 3/28/16): The image recalls that of Mohammed al-Dura, the boy who was shot and killed in the Gaza Strip in September 2000, while his father tried to protect him …
English (4/18/16 in print and online): I still don’t understand, however, why Dichter vented his rage on Odeh. The Joint Arab List leader said in a television interview that while serving as the head of the Shin Bet, Dichter had ordered the assassinations of PLO chief Yasser Arafat and Hamas co-founders Sheikh Ahmad Yassin and Abdel Aziz Rantisi. When all is said and done Odeh merely noted the fact that Dichter had executed people without trial. Actually I would have even expected Dichter to publicly acknowledge these gems from his life’s story.
Hebrew (4/18/16): I still don't understand, however, why Dichter vented his rage on Odeh, who after all noted the fact that Dichter ordered people assassinated. Actually I would have even expected Dichter to publicly acknowledge these gems from his life's story.
(11/1/16 in print and online
): Palestinian intelligence sources said they were investigating whether Turkamen may have carried out the attack as revenge after security agents searched his house on Monday, suspecting he may have been concealing weapons and ammunition that he did not need for his police work.
Hebrew (11/1/16): According to Palestinian intelligence sources, the Palestinian Preventive Security in recent days undertook searches in Turkeman's home due to the suspicion that he was concealing weapons and ammunition that were unrelated to his work for the [Palestinian] authority. According to these sources, one of the possibilities currently under investigation is that Turkeman decided to fire on soldiers following the scrutiny to which he was subjected.
Correction (online 11/1/16): Palestinian intelligence sources said they were investigating whether Turkamen may have carried out the attack as revenge after security agents searched his house on Monday, suspecting he may have been concealing weapons and ammunition that the did not need for his police work.
English (print 11/6/16): Palestinians Harvesting Olives Attacked by Settlers
Hebrew (11/6/16): Suspicion: Settlers Attacked Palestinians with Metal Rods and One Was Seriously Injured
): [No Shin Bet response included in story about increasing difficulties for Gaza cancer patients receiving permits to cross into Israel for medical treatment]
): In response, the Shin Bet said that it "allows residents of the Gaza Strip to enter Israel for medical treatment in accordance with the policies determining the movement of people between the State of Israel and the Gaza Strip and in the absence of any security impediment. Of late, we have witnessed repeated attempted by terrorist organization in the Gaza Strip, which take advantage of Israel's willingness to grant entry to some patients for humanitarian reasons, to carry out terror attacks in Israel."
According to the statement, "in this context, it is worth remembering that there have been a number of recent cases in which terror organization cynically took advantage of patients seeking medical treatment outside of Gaza, were given entry permits to Israel and in whose possessions we found utensils and money designed for use in terror attacks. Therefore, the requests that we receive from Gaza for entry permits into Israel are thoroughly vetted before any such permit is issued."
The Shin Bet statement also related to the women mentioned in the above article. "Iman Shanan asked for permission to enter Israel to attend a conference in support of cancer patients. She did not submit a request to enter Israel for medical treatment. We have no record of any request from Majar Naizi. Sihan al-Tatri submitted her request to enter Israel for medical treatment in November and her request was granted."
Correction (1/10/17): [The three paragraphs cited above were added and the following note was appended:] A previous version of this article omitted the Shin Bet's response, which now appears in full.
subheadline 1/24/17): Yakub Musa al-Kiyan, the driver of the truck that police claim ran over and killed policeman Erez Levy, is laid to rest
headline 1/24/17): Participants in the funeral called for the establishment of an investigative committee into the circumstances of the incident in which Yakub Musal al-Kiyan was killed • Residents claimed that the police prevented them from reaching the funeral • Three residents were detained for questioning
Correction (online 1/25/17): Yakub Musa al-Kiyan, the driver of the truck that police claim deliberately ran over and killed policeman Erez Levy, is laid to rest.
English (online and in print 1/25/17): Thousands of people yesterday attended the funeral of Yakub Musa al-Kiyan, the driver of the truck that police claim ran over and killed policeman Erez Levi in Umm al-Hiran last week.
Hebrew (online and in print 1/25/17): Thousands of people participated in the funeral of Yakub Musa al-Kiyan, the driver who ran over a policeman during home demolitions last week in Umm al-Hiran and was shot to death.
Correction (online 1/25/17): Thousands of people on Tuesday attended the funeral of Yakub Musa al-Kiyan, the driver of the truck that police claim deliberately ran over and killed policeman Erez Levy in Umm al-Hiran last week.
, headline): Five Wounded in Suspected Shooting Attack in Central Israeli City
English: Five people were hospitalized following a suspected shooting attack in the central Israeli city of Petah Tikvah.
): Attack in Petah Tikvah: Five Wounded from Shooting and Stabbing, Suspect Arrested
Hebrew: Five people were lightly injured yesterday in a shooting and stabbing attack near the market on Baron Hersh Street in Petah Tikvah.
, headline): Hamas Presents New Charter Supporting Palestinian State Along 1967 Borders: . . . . Israel blasted new charter as smoke screen for group's real intentions
Hebrew (5/1/17): Meshal presents Hamas' new political platform: They are prepared to weigh a state in 1967 boundaries.
(The above is representative example. There are numerous instances of the English edition falsely calling the new Hamas document a new "charter.")
(in print and online
6/30/17): A day when almost her entire family was annihilated; only she, her younger brother and their father survived the smart missile fired at them by Israel’s “moral” air force. [Maria Aman] came out of it severely disabled, confined to a wheelchair, hooked up to a ventilator.
Hebrew (in print): A day when almost her entire family was annihilated; only she, her younger brother and their father survived the smart missile fired at them by Israel’s “moral” air force. A guided missile, launched by the moral Israeli army which was targeting an Islamic Jihad activist, hit the family car. [Maria Aman] came out of it severely disabled, confined to a wheelchair, hooked up to a ventilator.
): As noted, in 2015, Netanyahu was even forced to declare the Mount a religious site for Muslims only.
): As noted, in 2015, Netanyahu was even forced to declare the Mount a place of ritual for Muslims only.
): The Israel Police say Sharaf was shot after taking part in violent demonstrations in the neighborhood.
): On Friday, Sharaf was injured after taking part in violent demonstrations in the east Jerusalem neighborhood, according to security forces.
): Finance Ministry's legal adviser, Asi Messing, said representatives of the Jaffa Theatre would be summoned to a hearing in connection with two specific events held on their premises: a performance in June based on the recital written by Palestinian political prisoners …
): In the production "Prisoners of the Occupation," produced by Einat Weizman, in early June at the Jaffa Theater, letters recited included correspondence between a security prisoner and his childhood friend, in which he described the daily life of prisoners.
): The second case took place this weekend in Dickinson, Texas, where local residents had to sign a form stating that they don't boycott Israel and the settlements, in order to receive aid relief following Hurricane Harvey.
): In the city of Dickinson residents were required to sign a form obligating them to refrain from boycotting Israel in order to receive aid for the reconstruction of their homes.
Correction: This article was amended on October 23, 2017, to clarify that residents of Dickinson, TX, were not asked to declare that they do not boycott Israeli settlements in exchange for Hurricane Harvey relief. Rather, they were asked to declare that they do not and will not boycott Israel.
Palestinian Diplomatic Mission Upgraded to Embassy
): U.S. Warns Palestinians They Could Lose Washington Embassy Over Abbas' Call to Investigate Israelis
Hebrew (11/18/17): U.S. Threatens to Close the Palestinian Diplomatic Mission Following Abbas' Steps Against Israel
Correction: U.S. Warns Palestinians They Could Lose Washington Mission Over Abbas' Call to Investigate Israelis
Judaism's Holiest Site
): U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is expected to visit the Western Wall on Wednesday during his scheduled trip to Israel next week, but the visit is planned as a "private" one that is not officially part of his trip. Pence's family and the rabbi of the Western Wall will accompany him to Judaism's holiest site, located in Jerusalem's Old City.
): Despite the American recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, it appears that U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's planned visit to the Western Wall, next Wednesday, will be considered a "private visit," and not official. American and Israeli sources told Haaretz
that Pence will be accompanied by his family and the rabbi of the Kotel.
Correction (12/18/17): Pence's family and the rabbi of the Western Wall will accompany him to one of Judaism's holiest sites, located in Jerusalem's Old City. …
This article was amended on December 19, to correct a reference to the Western Wall as Judaism's holiest site.
Why Does the Knesset Speaker Reject an Arabic Letter?
English (headline, 8/8/18): Knesset Speaker Rejects Arab Lawmaker's Resignation Letter — Because It Was Written in Arabic: Speaker Yuli Edelstein only accepted the resignation after the letter was translated to Hebrew)
Hebrew (8/8/18): Edelstein Refused to Sign Resignation Letter in Arabic Because He Doesn’t Speak the Language: MK Wael Younis of the United List This Morning Submitted a Resignation Letter in the Context of the Faction Rotation. The Speaker Sent the Letter For Translation and In the End Signed On His Hebrew Copy
Correction (8/9/18): Knesset Speaker Refuses to Sign Lawmaker's Resignation Letter in Arabic Because He Doesn't Speak It: Speaker Yuli Edelstein only signed the letter after getting it translated into Hebrew by Knesset staff
Despite Hamas Backtrack, English Edition Blames Israel for Death
English (9/18/18): The clashes came after three Palestinians were killed by Israeli army fire during confrontations along the Israel-Gaza border fence Friday.
Hebrew (9/17/18): [above sentence does not appear]
Correction (online only): The clashes came after two Palestinians were killed by Israeli army fire during confrontations along the Israel-Gaza border fence Friday.
Report on Gaza Unemployment Overstated
English (9/25/18, subheadline): The Strip’s economic deterioration is accelerating, the report says: Every second Gazan lives in poverty and unemployment tops 70 percent
Hebrew (9/25/18): According to the report, one of every two residents lives in poverty and the unemployment rate among the youth rises to 70 percent
Correction (9/26/18): The Strip’s economic deterioration is accelerating, the report says: Every second Gazan lives in poverty
English (9/25/18): According to the report, unemployment in the Strip has topped 70 percent.
Hebrew (9/25/18): One of every two residents in the Gaza Strip lives in poverty and the unemployment rate among the young population rises to 70 percent, according to the report which the World Bank released today (Tuesday).
Correction: According to the report, unemployment among the young population in the Strip has topped 70 percent.
Tel Aviv as Israel's Capital
English (10/6/18, subheadline:) London-based newspaper Asharq Al Awsat reported that Russia is aiming to 'reduce tensions and prevent friction' in Syria by opening channels of communication between Tel Aviv and Tehran
Hebrew (10/6/18): A Russian source told the Asharq Al Awsat newspaper this morning that the Kremlin's goal is to "reduce the friction in the region" after the transfer of S-300 missiles to the Assad regime in Syria
Correction (10/7/18): London-based newspaper Asharq Al Awsat reported that Russia is aiming to 'reduce tensions and prevent friction' in Syria by opening channels of communication
English (10/6/18):Russia has reportedly been trying to open communication between Tel Aviv and Tehran …
Hebrew (10/6/18): Russia is trying to open channels of communication between Israel and Iran …
Correction (10/7/18): Russia has reportedly been trying to open communication channels between Israel and Iran …
Nakba Law, In English Only
English (12/16/18): Israeli law forbids discussion of the Palestinian catastrophe as such in public instutions.
Hebrew (12.9.18): [This sentence does not appear.]
Correction: Israeli law enables Israel’s Finance Minister to withhold government funding from state-funded bodies which mark the date of Israel’s establishment as a day of mourning. …
An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that the Nakba Law forbids discussion of the Palestinian ‘catastrophe’ in public institutions. Rather, the law enables Israel’s Finance Minister to withhold government funding from state-funded bodies which mark the date of Israel’s establishment a day of mourning.
TIPH Abuses Just Allegations
English (1/31/19): In recent months the organization’s people had become especially loathed, after dissemination of a security camera tape allegedly showing one of them slashing the tires on a settler’s car, and another video allegedly showing a TIPH operative slapping a child in the settlement. (Emphasis added.)
Hebrew (1/31/19): In recent months, the organization's people had become especially loathed after the dissemination of documentation of one of them slashing the tires belonging to one of the settlers and letting out the air across from security cameras, and documentation of another activist slapping a child from the settlement. (Emphasis added.)
Correction (2/7/19): In recent months the organization’s people had become especially loathed, after dissemination of a security camera tape showing one of them slashing the tires on a settler’s car, and another video showing a TIPH operative slapping a child in the settlement.
Syrian-Israel Security Coordination
English (2/20/19): Thursday’s meeting was meant to focus on regional affairs, the situation in Syria and the strengthening of the security coordination between Israel and Syria’s armies.
Hebrew (2/20/19): Netanyahu and Putin are expected to meet in Moscow to discuss the situation in Syria and the strengthening of security coordination between the armies.
Correction (2/24/19): Thursday's meeting was meant to focus on regional affairs, the situation in Syria and the strengthening of the security coordination.
Disputed Deaths of Abu Arar Infant, Relative
English (print edition, 5/6/19): Twenty-three Palestinians, including two pregnant woman, were confirmed dead by Gaza authorities as a result of retaliatory Israeli airstrikes.
Hebrew (5/6/19): The IDF claims that according to intelligence information in its hands, the two were killed from an explosion of Hamas ordinance.
Temple Mount Killings Whitewashed
English (print edition, 9/29/19 and online): The perceived violation of religious symbols is a particularly potent accelerant for violence, Niv says, recalling the violence that erupted after Israel installed metal detectors at the Temple Mount in the summer of 2017, following the deaths of two Border Police officers, as well as the brief outburst that followed visits by Jews to the Temple Mount in August on Tisha B'Av, which coincided with the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.
Hebrew (9/29/19): Niv identifies several negative accelerants which could contribute to an escalation: blood, the harming of religious symbols and nationalist friction between Palestinians and settlers. The religious element is particularly sensitive. The storm over the installation of metal detectors, after the killing of two border policemen at the Temple Mount in the summer of 2017, was a good example. In August , we experienced a brief escalation following Palestinian rage, when Jews went up on the mount on Tisha B'Av -- which coincidentally overlapped with Eid al-Adha.
Last updated: Oct. 6, 2019
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