Following HRC Intervention, Globe And Mail Clarifies Reporter’s Claim That Israel Destroyed Gaza Greenhouses In 2005

October 17, 2023

On the October 16th episode of The Globe and Mail’s podcast ‘The Decibal‘, host Menaka Raman-Wilms interviewed the Globe’s Senior International Correspondent, Mark MacKinnon who has been covering the war between Israel and Hamas terrorists.

At the 16-minute mark of the podcast, Mr. Mackinnon erroneously stated the following: “And I remember talking to Palestinians back then and one of them sticks out in my mind, his name was Abu Holi if I recall correctly and he was saying to me you know come and visit me in a year and we will have a great celebration, the Israelis will are gone, Gaza will be wonderful , finally we can do what we want, but as described, Palestinians never got back control of Gaza, the Israelis demolished the settlements, the greenhouses, the agriculture they had built over the time of the occupation, leaving basically piles of rubble for Gaza, rather than something they could build on.”

This is false. In fact, Israel left the greenhouses fully intact upon leaving Gaza, with the Palestinians looting and destroying them afterward, not the Israelis.

HonestReporting Canada filed a complaint with the Globe and Mail, and we are pleased to note that the Globe and Mail has now clarified this claim and added the following Editor’s note to the podcast episode:

We thank the Globe and Mail for the prompt action regarding this matter.


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