Globe and Mail Issues Clarification: Golan Photograph Showed Statues, not Real Israeli Soldiers

By Mike Fegelman

February 6, 2013

On February 1, the Globe and Mail published a Reuters news article detailing how Syria was threatening retaliation over Israel’s alleged air strike on a convoy transporting surface-to-air missiles to Hezbollah.

The Globe appended the following Reuters photograph with a caption stating only: “A distance sign at an observation point on Mount Bental in the Golan Heights, which divides Israel and Syria.”

The problem with this photo  was due to its incomplete photo caption. What readers probably concluded from looking at this photo was that active Israeli soldiers were on guard at an observation point that divides Israel and Syria, however, in reality, these are statues or a silhouette of fake soldiers.

We brought this matter to the attention of Globe and Mail editors who recognized their error and commendably issued the following clarification that appeared on February 2:

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