CAMERA’s Israel office today prompted correction of an Haaretz article which erroneously stated that a Palestinian gunman fired on two Israeli men last Sunday in Huwara. In fact, the gunman fired on a husband and wife couple.
A page-one article in Haaretz‘s English print edition (“Two soldiers wounded in second Hawara shooting in one week,” and online here) inaccurately reported: “On Monday, the Israeli army shuttered shops on Hawara’s main thoroughfare after a Palestinian gunman opened fire on two Israeli men driving through the main road.”
In fact, the gunman opened fire on an Israeli man and his wife, not two men. As Times of Israel reported, David
Stern, a resident of the Itamar settlement in the northern West Bank, said he was driving with his wife on Route 60 through the Palestinian town of Huwara on their way to Jerusalem, when he stopped to give the right of way to a pedestrian, who then pulled out a gun and fired.
The Hebrew version of Haaretz does not contain the error. It correctly reports (CAMERA’s translation): “On Sunday, a resident of Itamar, 30, suffered moderate-difficult injuries from fire towards his vehicle in Huwara. An additional female traveler who was with him suffered from shock.”
In response to communication from CAMERA, Haaretz editors quickly and commendably corrected the digital article, which now accurately reports: “On Monday, the Israeli army shuttered shops on Hawara’s main thoroughfare after a Palestinian gunman opened fire on an Israeli man and his wife driving through the main road.”
For additional instances in which misinformation appears in Haaretz‘s English edition but not in the Hebrew, please see “Haaretz, Lost in Translation”.