Tamar Sternthal

How Many Infected Believed To Be in Bnei Brak? 75,000 or 7,500?

Ran Saar, CEO of the Maccabi HMO, is the putative source for the widely reported figure that 75,000 residents of the ultra-Orthodox town of Bnei Brak are likely infected with coronavirus. Media outlets ignore that Maccabi officials cited a miscalculation, and said the actual figure is just 10 percent of that. The executive director said Maccabi has "no idea" how many are infected.

Haaretz Errs: Before Pandemic, Palestinians Banned From Settlements

"Umm Forat," an anonymous Jewish Israeli woman married to a Palestinian and living in Ramallah, falsely alleged a "ban on Palestinians entering Israeli settlements." Prior to the Palestinian Authority order last month meant to counter the spread of coronavirus, some 25,000 Palestinians worked in the settlements.

NY Times, LA Times Falsehood: PM Netanyahu Shut Courts

Media outlets falsely report that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shut Israel's courts, citing him as a prime example of an "authoritarian" national leader engaging in a "coronavirus coup." In fact, Justice Minister Amir Ohana, a Netanyahu ally, curtailed court activity without closing the institutions, a move backed by Supreme Court justice Esther Hayut.

Haaretz’s Zvi Bar’El Cites Hezbollah’s Disputed Claims As Fact

Zvi Bar'el reports as fact Hezbollah's disputed, unproven accusation that former SLA-member Amer Fakhoury is the "butcher" responsible for mass murder and torture at Lebanon's Khiyam prison years ago. The Haaretz reporter also bizarrely suggests that Fakhoury's case was a Republican issue, when in fact the fight for his release from Lebanon was completely bipartisan, headed up by Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (pictured).

AP Misleads on Electricity for Gaza Strip

The Associated Press today misleads, stating that most in the Gaza Strip "only have a few hours of electricity a day." In fact, according to United Naitons data, every day this month Gazans had more than 12 hours of electricity.

AFP: Jewish Prayer ‘Miyan’ ‘Impossible’ With Ten People

AFP demonstrates poor working knowledge of Judaism coupled with shoddy editing, erroneously reporting that Israel's ban on gatherings of more than 10 people, a measure to combat the coronavirus pandemic, makes it impossible for the Jewish prayer quorum, or "miyan," as the leading news called it, to convene.

AP Headline On 2019 Settlements “Surge” Misleads

An Associated Press headline today proclaims "Watchdog says Israel's West Bank settlements surged in 2019," when, in fact, construction was started on fewer Israeli housing units in the West Bank last year compared to 2018 and 2017.

AFP Reports Disputed Claim About IDF’s Use of Live Fire as Fact

UPDATED: AFP amends multiple captions which had stated as fact that the Israeli army fired live ammunition during a clash in Nablus despite the fact that Palestinian witnesses and the Israeli military agree that only rubber bullets and tear gas were used.