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July 07, 2014

NYT Caption Error: No Jerusalem Violence

July 9 Update: New York Times Corrects: There Were Jerusalem Clashes

The caption for a large page-five photograph in The International New York Times yesterday (July 5-6) errs:

Thousands thronged Friday to Shuafat, the East Jerusalem neighborhood where Muhammad Abu Khdeir, 16, was abducted. The Israeli police braced for violence that did not materialize.

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In fact, there was extensive violence in eastern Jerusalem, including Shuafat this past Friday. As the Associated Press reported that day:

Israeli police clashed with rock-throwing Palestinian protesters in Jerusalem on Friday as thousands mourned at the funeral for an Arab teen who Palestinians say was killed by Israeli extremists in a revenge attack. . . .

During the procession, scores of masked Palestinians threw rocks at Israeli police on duty nearby, and they responded with stun grenades, spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said. He said more than 2,000 people attended the funeral.

Rosenfeld said police also clashed with hundreds of Palestinian protesters in other neighborhoods in the eastern part of the city, which has been rocked by violence since Abu Khdeir's burned body was found Wednesday in a forest after he was seized near his home.

At least 13 Israeli officers were injured by rock-throwers, with six taken to the hospital, police spokeswoman Luba Samri said.

The Red Crescent said about 30 Palestinians were hurt by rubber bullets fired by Israeli forces. Dozens of others were treated for tear gas inhalation. ("Clashes break out during Palestinian funeral")

For instance, The Los Angeles Times reported: "After the burial [of Abu Khdeir], Palestinian youths resumed their clashes with the police."

AFP reported July 4: "Before and after Abu Khder was buried in a local cemetery, Palestinians clashed with Israeli police near the procession and elsewhere in annexed east Jerusalem" ("Palestinians bury slain teen, clashes hit E. Jerusalem").

Israeli Police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld tweeted on Friday afternoon:

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In addition, news photographs from that day depict the violence following the funeral, including in Shuafat:

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Palestinians run for cover from tear gas fired by Israeli policemen following the funeral of Mohammed Abu Khder, 16, in Shuafat, in Israeli annexed East Jerusalem, on July 4, 2014. Abu Khder, a Palestinian teenager was reportedly kidnapped and killed, triggering violent clashes in east Jerusalem, in an apparent act of revenge for the murder by militants of three Israeli youths. Photo by Saeed Qaq/APAIMAGES_1055.05/Credit:APA IMAGES/SIPA/1407051101 (Sipa via AP Images)

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JERUSALEM, July 5, 2014 -- Palestinian demonstrators confront with Israeli policemen during clashes in Shuafat, an Arab neighborhood of northeastern Jerusalem, on July 4, 2014. Hundreds of Palestinians participated in the funeral of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khudir, a Palestinian teenager whose body was found in Jerusalem forest on July 2, in Shuafat on Friday. Massive riots in Jerusalem continued on the third day as Palestinian demonstrators hurled rocks at Israeli policemen who responded with tear gas and rubber bullets. Three light rail stations were destroyed by the demonstrators and several entries to Arab communities in east Jerusalem were sealed off by Israeli police. Israeli media believed that the Palestinian teenager was killed by far-right Israelis in retribution for the recent deaths of three Jewish teens kidnapped by militants in the West Bank. (/Li Rui)(ctt)

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Palestinian demonstrators confront with Israeli policemen during clashes in Shuafat, an Arab neighborhood of northeastern Jerusalem, on July 4, 2014. Hundreds of Palestinians participated in the funeral of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khudir, a Palestinian teenager whose body was found in Jerusalem forest on July 2, in Shuafat on Friday. Massive riots in Jerusalem continued on the third day as Palestinian demonstrators hurled rocks at Israeli policemen who responded with tear gas and rubber bullets. Three light rail stations were destroyed by the demonstrators and several entries to Arab communities in east Jerusalem were sealed off by Israeli police. Israeli media believed that the Palestinian teenager was killed by far-right Israelis in retribution for the recent deaths of three Jewish teens kidnapped by militants in the West Bank. (/Li Rui Xinhua)(ctt)

CAMERA has been in touch with Times editors who promise to look into the caption. Stay tuned for an update about a correction.

Posted by TS at July 7, 2014 03:21 AM

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