HRC Prompts Globe Correction: Flotilla Vessel Had No Humanitarian Aid

In a May 17 Globe and Mail article entitled “Obama, Erdogan agree al-Assad must go”, Mideast bureau chief Patrick Martin wrongly stated: “Mr. Erdogan said he believed his visit would contribute to the resolution of the 2010 Mavi Marmara incident, the Israeli killing of nine Turkish citizens who were on board a vessel carrying humanitarian supplies intended for Gaza.”

There was, however, was no humanitarian aid on board the Mavi Marmara. It was a passenger vessel which Israel interdicted while enforcing a legal maritime blockade of the Hamas-run Gaza Strip. The violence that ensued came about when the Turkish activists tried to lynch the Israeli soldiers.

This is the second time the Globe made this error in recent weeks. In early April, we secured a Globe amendment to remedy this error.

We are pleased to report that subsequent to receiving our complaint, Globe and Mail editors issued the following correction today, May 22, which states the following:

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