HRC Secures Toronto Star Clarification

June 18, 2009

In a Toronto Star article published on June 14 entitled “Will politics wreck Wrecking Ball?”, entertainment reporter Murray Whyte described controversial artist Reena Katz’s position on Israel in the following way:

Toronto Star (before)

While Mr. Whyte may be paraphrasing Ms. Katz’s views, her claim that Israel’s military has a presence in Gaza is quite erroneous given Israel’s “disengagement” from the Gaza Strip in 2005, wherein the Israeli government uprooted over 8,500 settlers and its entire military apparatus and personnel. It is quite obvious that one cannot be a “conscientious objector” to a non-existent situation.

We felt that if the Toronto Star were to describe Ms. Katz’ views in this way, that at the very least, they should have referenced the aforementioned facts on the ground to provide the appropriate context.

After bringing this matter to the attention of Toronto Star editors, the following clarification was printed in today’s paper:

Toronto Star (after)

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