CBC and Globe & Mail: "Israel's war with Lebanon"

September 10, 2007

Friday’s edition of the CBC Radio program "As it Happens" and today’s Globe and Mail both erroneously claimed that Israel went to war with Lebanon last summer.

In a segment featuring an interview with CBC host Carol Off and Kenneth Roth, the executive director of Human Rights Watch, Ms. Off incorrectly stated the following in the introduction of her interview:

?Yesterday, Human Rights Watch issued a critical report on Israel’s role during its war with Lebanon last summer.?

Likewise a Globe staff editorial stated:

?That document indicated that key Muslim and Arab states regretted Mr. Harper’s tilt toward Israel during last summer’s war with Lebanon and that they maintained that Canada has lost credibility in the region.?

Contrary to these statements, Israel never declared war on Lebanon, nor were there any Israeli military attacks on the Lebanese army.  To the contrary, the 34 day war saw the Israeli Defense Forces battle Hezbollah, also known as a ?state within a state?, which is a Shiite Lebanese terrorist organization based in Lebanon.  To state that Israel went to war with Lebanon erroneously implied that a sovereign state went to war with another sovereign state, which was not the case.

HonestReporting Canada has contacted editors at both respective media outlets requesting corrections.  We will keep you updated.

Update (Sept. 12/07): The Globe and Mail issued the following clarification to remedy their error:

?Israel was at war with Hezbollah in the summer of 2006. Imprecise information appeared in an editorial in Monday’s paper.?


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