In coverage of the mass Palestinian riots at the Gaza/Israel border several days ago, on Mach 30, the Globe and Mail featured a Reuters report on its website with the following inaccurate headline:
In contradiction to this headline which falsely claimed that all 16 of the dead Palestinians were “protestors,” Israel contends that “At least 10 known terrorists with track records of terrorist activity were killed whilst carrying out acts of terror during the violent riots along the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip on Friday March 30, 2018.”
IDF soldiers faced shooting attacks, grenades, improvised explosive bombings, molotov cocktails, burning tires, and rocks thrown at them with rioters repeatedly trying to destroy the security fence. If successful, that thousands of Palestinians could have entered Israel which would have posed a major security threat to Israeli civilians..
Moments ago, IDF troops thwarted an infiltration attempt by three terrorists in the northern Gaza Strip. The terrorists approached the security fence and attempted to infiltrate Israeli territory. In response, IDF troops targeted the terrorists with tank fire pic.twitter.com/unGS1x79Hg
— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) March 30, 2018
Clearly, according to the Israeli military, the composition of the dead Palestinians includes armed terrorists and combatants. It was not accurate to claim, as the Globe was doing, that they are all “protestors”. Furthermore, the Reuters article never claimed that the 16 dead Palestinians were all protestors, a claim which the Globe had wrongly attributed to Gaza medical officials.
After HonestReporting Canada liaised with senior editors at the Globe and Mail, we are pleased to note that the headline was corrected and now states the following: