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October 27, 2015

Wall Street Journal Misidentifies Judaism's Holiest Site

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A screen shot from The Wall Street Journal video which wrongly identified the Western Wall as Judaism's holiest site

The Wall Street Journal is the latest media outlet to incorrectly report that the Western Wall is Judaism's holiest site. An online video posted yesterday errs:

Currently only Muslims are allowed to pray at the site while Jews are permitted to visit the area which sits atop the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest site.

In fact, is it the Temple Mount, the site of the first and second Jewish Temples where the Holy of Holies once stood, which is the most sacred site in Judaism. The Western Wall is the holiest site where Jews are permitted to pray, and its holiness derives from its proximity to the Temple Mount. The identical error has been corrected by a number of leading media outlets including The Telegraph, Haaretz, BBC, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and more. Agence France Presse and The New York Times corrected the very same error in recent days.

In a separate issue, the reporter gives an incomplete, and therefore misleading, statement about Palestinian casualties, noting at the end of the broadcast that "more than 50 Palestinians have died since mid-September." She omits the critical information that among the 52 Palestinian fatalities are 30 Palestinians who were killed as they attacked, or attempted to attack, Israeli civilians and security forces in stabbings, shootings and rammings. By noting that dozens of Palestinian perpetrators are among the casualties, the journalist blurs attackers and victims, downplaying Palestinian violence.

Stay tuned for news of a correction.

Posted by TS at October 27, 2015 07:05 AM

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