A Very Sad Correction: In the Globe and Mail

February 29, 2008

On January 17, the Globe and Mail printed an op-ed by Dow Marmur where he erroneously claimed that:

?So far, no Israeli civilians have lost their lives as a result of the constant barrage of Qassam rockets fired across the border from Gaza onto the Israeli town of Sderot in the Negev and surrounding areas, many have been injured and much property has been damaged."

Today, Mr. Marmur attempted to atone for his mistake by issuing this "very sad correction" in a follow-up op-ed in the Globe and Mail:

"Some time ago, I wrote a piece for this page, in which I said that there had been no deaths from the rockets fired from Gaza at the Israeli town of Sderot and environs. When someone who had read it challenged me, I could point to something Zalman Shoval, a former Israeli ambassador to the United States, had said on television to the same effect. ?I was very wrong, as apparently was Mr. Shoval. An Israeli newspaper, yesterday, listed those who have died because of the rockets. As a very sad correction, an abject apology and a modest act of contrition, I list here the casualties:

  • June 28, 2004: Afik Zahavi-Ochayon, killed on his way to kindergarten, age 4.
  • June 28, 2004: Mordechai Yossifov, killed while waiting to pick up his children from kindergarten, age 49.
  • Sept. 29, 2004: Dorit Inso, killed while playing with friends in the street, age 4.
  • Sept. 29, 2004: Yuval Avava, killed while playing with friends in the street, age 4.
  • Jan. 15, 2005: Alla Abucassis, fatally injured while protecting her brother with her body, age 17.
  • July 14, 2005: Dana Galkovic, killed while sitting on the balcony at home, age 22.
  • Nov. 15, 2006: Fayena Slutzker, killed while walking on a street in Sderot, age 57.
  • Nov. 21, 2006: Ya’akov Yakovov, killed at work, age 43.
  • May 21, 2007: Shirel Friedman, killed when a rocket landed close to her car, age 32.
  • May 27, 2007: Oshri Oz, killed in his car on his way to work, age 36.
  • Feb. 27, 2008: Roni Yechiya, killed in Sapir College, age 47.

In closing Marmur adds: "The rest of the world could do better in not only reporting Israeli retaliations (which, alas, also lead at times to civilian deaths) but also the pressure under which the government of Israel finds itself in its endeavours to protect its citizens."

Lingering question: How come Globe and Mail editors didn’t spot this mistake? Add this case as another example of poor quality control standards at the paper.


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