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July 20, 2016

New York Times Clarifies on Gaza Settlements

Yesterday CAMERA prompted clarification of an unclear passage which implied that there are still settlements in the Gaza Strip in an otherwise thorough and informative article on the effects of living with terrorism in Israel ("To France from Israel: Lessons on Dealing with Terror"). The article originally referred to an undated Ben-Gurion University study which "found that residents close to attack sites — in this case, those living in Israeli settlements in the Gaza Strip — reported a lower sense of personal threat."

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The use of the present tense ("those living in Israeli settlements in the Gaza Strip") with respect to the undated study wrongly implied that Israelis are currently living in Israeli settlements in the Gaza Strip.

In response to communication from CAMERA, a Times reporter immediately replied and promised to pass to forward our note to the foreign desk. Later, editors commendably amended the text, which now notes that the study was carried out in 2003-04 and which refers to "those living in Israeli settlements then in the Gaza Strip" (emphasis added.)

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Editors did not append a note to the article alerting readers to the clarification. The clarification has not yet appeared in print.

For additional New York Times corrections elicited by CAMERA, please see here.

Posted by TS at July 20, 2016 04:34 AM


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