Aug. 23, 2019
- Reuters and AP Call Temple Mount Rioters “Worshippers” – Tamar Sternthal
Photo captions by Reuters and Associated Press confused non-worshippers and worshippers in their coverage of violence earlier this month on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The captions misidentified Jewish visitors to the Temple Mount, Judaism’s holiest site, as worshippers, even though they were not conducting Jewish prayers and rituals, which are forbidden at the site and Israeli police strictly enforce this prohibition. The Jews were visiting the Temple Mount on the solemn fast day of Tisha B’Av, marking the destruction of the two temples which once stood on the site.
On the same day, tens of thousands of Muslims observing the festive holiday of Eid al-Adha visited the site. Angered by the notion of Jewish visitors, Palestinians “chanted ‘Allahu Akbar’ and threw stones at police,” AP reported. Yet both AP and Reuters
inaccurately characterized the Muslims engaged in violence as “worshippers” and not rioters. (CAMERA)