Following several complaints regarding a grossly misleading reference to Gilad Shalit in two El País articles, the newspaper published a letter from ReVista de Medio Oriente, CAMERA’s Spanish-language website, and one from the President of the Federación de Comunidades Judías de España (Federation of Jewish Communities of Spain). The newspaper itself also published a correction.
Below is a CAMERA translation of the correction published by El País:
Corporal Gilad Shalit was not involved in any killing in Gaza, in contrast to what was stated in the subheading of a September 26 Sports section article regarding his attendance at a Barca-Real Madrid [football match] on October 7, at Camp Nou. Shalit was apprehended by Hamas on the Gaza border in 2006 and was held captive for five years until he was exchanged for 1027 Palestinian prisoners, not 477 as stated Wednesday and yesterday.