UPDATED: CTV and National Post Must Retract False Claim that Israel Killed Palestinian Boy

September 18, 2018

UPDATE: September 20, 2018:

After filing complaints with CTV News and the National Post, both media outlets have published new articles which acknowledge that claims that Israeli troops shot and killed a 12-year-old Palestinian boy are in dispute and have not been verified.

The articles instead point to IDF claims that the Palestinian boy may have been killed by rocks thrown by Palestinian “protesters”. The article’s also identify the Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry as being the source of the unreliable information.

Here is the National Post’s article.

Here is CTV News’ article.

Original Alert: September 18, 2018:


Today, HRC filed complaints with senior editors and executives at CTV News and the National Post requesting that their September 14 articles be retracted for falsely claiming that Israeli troops killed a 12-year-old Palestinian boy. We also requested that a story update be issued to set the record straight.

Both news outlets published an Associated Press article with a lead paragraph that reported the following:

Three Palestinians, one of them a 12-year-old boy, were killed by Israeli fire Friday as thousands of protesters gathered along Gaza’s perimeter fence with Israel, health officials said.”

Importantly, the claim that Israeli troops shot and killed a 12-year-old Palestinian boy, Shady Abdel-al, has since been retracted by Palestinian officials and Israel had previous denied responsibility for the boy’s death. That said, it’s important to note that CTV’s and the National Post’s headlines were not in attribution and were presented as if it was an undisputed fact that Israel had killed the Palestinian boy.

On September 15, AP published the following update article: “Conflicting reports surround Gaza boy’s death at protest” which reported that (emphasis added):

There are conflicting reports surrounding the death of a boy at a Gaza border rally that Palestinians initially blamed on Israel. Israel’s military said their evidence shows the 11-year-old was hit by a rock thrown by protesters. Two Gaza rights groups said he died after being struck “with a solid object.”

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In light of this information, it behooved CTV News and the National Post to retract this article and publish a new report about the disputed circumstances of this boy’s death.

Stay tuned to this page for future updates.


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