Haaretz geldt, waarschijnlijk ten onrechte, als de kwaliteitskrant in Israel. Veel mensen lezen alleen Haaretz. De krant wordt meer in het buitenland gelezen dan in Israel zelf, en heeft veel invloed op het imago van Israel in het buitenland. Je zou zeggen dat men om die reden juist zorgvuldig is in zijn berichtgeving, feiten dubbelcheckt en hoor en wederhoor toepast. Dat valt in de praktijk nogal eens tegen. Hieronder een sterk voorbeeld.
From Ha'aretz, January 15th, posted 20:16:
Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian man in the Gaza Strip. Israel had no immediate comment Monday on the reported shooting of the man, who the Islamist Hamas-run Health Ministry said was a farmer, in the Gaza town of Beit Lahiya on the frontier with Israel.
Palestinian officials said a gunshot to the head had critically wounded 21-year-old Mustafa Abu Jarad. Doctors in the hospital at Shifa where he was treated said he had died of his injuries.
From Ma'an, posted 13:14 - seven full hours earlier:
Mustafa Abu Jarad, believed to be a farmer, was shot in the head in the town of Beit Lahiya on the border with Israel, Gaza's health ministry said earlier Monday.
The 21-year-old was taken to Shifa hospital but died later, said doctors.
An Israeli military spokeswoman said officials had checked "and apparently the incident is not related to the Israeli army".
A source speaking on condition of anonymity said Israel suspected the man was shot by a fellow Palestinian.
Either the Palestinian Arab Ma'an has better IDF sources than Ha'aretz does, or it cares more about giving the benefit of the doubt to Israel than Ha'aretz does.