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September 20, 2015

After International Media Corrections, Amira Hass Promotes Al Aqsa Falsehood

Days after Newsweek and The New York Times have both corrected the false claim that Israeli police last week entered the Al-Aqsa mosque, Haaretz's Amira Hass today misleads readers on the very same point. In an analysis of Mahmoud Abbas' statement that "We won't let them defile our holy places with their filthy feet," Hass writes:

The other interpretation was voice by Joint Arab List MK Ahmad Tibi: Abbas was denouncing the entry of Israeli police into the Al-Aqsa Mosque while shod, thereby desecrating the holy place and disrespecting Muslims.

Hass does not make clear to readers that while MK Tibi may have claimed that police entered the mosque, this was not the case. Indeed, the hyperlink that Haaretz provides along with the phrase "the entry of Israeli police" does not support Tibi and Abbas' claim that police entered the mosque. The hyperlink is to a Haaretz news story last week by Barak Ravid, Nir Hasson, and Jacky Khoury whose subheadline refers to Israeli forces entering the "flashpoint compound."

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In addition, last week's news article, cited to supposedly support the claim that security forces entered the mosque, notes "Palestinians and Israeli police forces clashed at the Temple Mount compound," and Palestinian youth "reportedly attacked security forces from its entrance." Again, the Temple Mount compound is the plaza upon which the Al Aqsa mosque sits.

The New York Times correction about this very point appeared last Wednesday:

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Likewise, Newsweek corrected:

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We have contacted Haaretz editors for a correction. Stay tuned for an update.

Posted by TS at September 20, 2015 02:43 AM


I do not understand what the problem is here. Once the Arabs use the site as a military encampment then the police have every right to enter, shoes on or not. It is their choice to treat it like a war zone instead of a mosque.

Posted by: Daniel at September 22, 2015 03:19 AM

Here are lots of responses on Camera to the lies of Amira Hass.

Posted by: Ken Kelso at September 22, 2015 09:22 PM

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