Globe And Mail Corrects Editorial Which Falsely Claimed Israel Bombed A Gaza Hospital

February 21, 2024

On February 19, the editorial which appeared in The Globe & Mail, “With the trudeau government, everything is an unacceptable situation,” included the following statement: “In October, he (Trudeau) said the murderous attack by Hamas terrorists that killed 1,200 people was “completely unacceptable” and that a subsequent Israeli bombing of a hospital in Gaza was “absolutely unacceptable.”

The hospital referred to in the editorial, Al-Ahli Hospital, is a medical centre in the Gaza Strip which was struck by an explosion on October 17.

While Hamas loudly blamed Israel for bombing the hospital, which it claimed killed 500 people – an allegation uncritically reported by some news outlets at the time – Israel protested that it had nothing to do with the explosion.

Soon, video footage of the explosion, and intelligence reports found that it was not Israel, but an errant rocket fired by Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), a terrorist group also active in the Gaza Strip, that was responsible for the blast.

The death toll was also revised significantly down.

However, in the editorial, The Globe & Mail falsely pinned the blame on Israel.

HonestReporting Canada filed a complaint with the Globe and Mail and the newspaper acknowledged the shortcomings of its verbiage, changed it and issued a clarification notice.

While the existing text exists, it is now followed by the note that “(Israel and the United States have said a misfired Palestinian rocket caused the blast, and a Human Rights Watch investigation said the explosion resulted from an apparent rocket-propelled munition that is often used by Palestinian armed groups.)”

The editorial also now features an editor’s note, which reads: “A previous version of this article was missing context regarding the Oct. 17 explosion at the al-Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza. Israel and the United States say the explosion was the result of a misfiring Palestinian rocket, not a bombing by Israeli forces. Separately, Human Rights Watch said its preliminary investigation showed the blast resulted from an apparent rocket-propelled munition that is often used by Palestinian armed groups. This version has been updated.”

While the new text still includes the problematic phrasing, it now features two comments which correctly frame the explosion at the hospital as the work of Palestinian Islamic Jihad, not Israel.

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