CiF Watch prompts correction to Indy claim that Western Wall is Judaism’s holiest site

Yesterday we posted about an article in the Independent representing the latest example of a mainstream news site erroneously claiming that the Western Wall in Jerusalem is Judaism’s holiest site.


We noted that the Temple Mount (where the First and Second Jewish Temples stood) is in fact the holiest site, while the Western Wall is merely the holiest site where Jews are currently allowed to pray.


Western Wall, Jerusalem

Following our communication with editors at the Independent, they agreed to tweak the language, and the passage now reads as follows:

revised indy

We commend Indy editors on the prompt revision.

(See this CAMERA report for more background on Jerusalem and the Temple Mount)

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  1. A pretty lazy correction that actually blurs the facts. A reader can be left with the assumption that other sites not connected to the Temple Mount and Western Wall have the same holy status. As suggested adding “where Jews are currently allowed to pray” to Western Wall clarifies it in a way that describes the reality as it currently is.

    • You’re right. The correction isn’t ideal. However, it’s a step in the right direction in our efforts to hold papers such as the Indy accountable to truthful reporting about issues concerning Jerusalem and the Temple Mount.