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  Elul 10, 5767 , 24/08/07

CNN Misled Viewers on Temple Mount History

The three-part "God's Warriors" report by CNN's Christiane Amanpour distorted the history of the Temple Mount, according to a Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) analysis. She stated that the prophet Mohammed rose to the heavens from the holy site although Muslim scripture's reference to his ascension precludes the possibility that it was at the Temple Mount, where the mosque was built after his death.

While pointing out that Jerusalem is holy to Muslims, she did not state that it is the holiest city to Jews nor did she mention that Hevron is a Jewish holy city. She interviewed a Muslim cleric but did not speak with a rabbi about the Temple Mount. Amanpour also alleged that "the 40-year tug of war over Jerusalem  began when Israel bulldozed the Arab neighborhood next to the Western Wall and built a plaza where Jews now pray." She did not state that the Jewish quarter fell in the 1948 War of Independence and that Jewish access to the Western Wall was prohibited by Jordan, which fled the city during the Six Day War in 1967.

The CNN report also ignores the Arab states' refusal to accept the 1947 United Nations partition plan and instead stated that Judea and Samaria "was designated by the U.N. to be the largest part of an Arab state."

Other archived news briefs:Aug 24 2007, 06:50 AM, 8/24/2007