Home Corrections, Clarifications & RetractionsBy Subject Settlements


by Mike Fegelman
  • October 27, 2021: Globe and Mail Issues Correction After Falsely Claiming Israel Plans To Build 1300 New Settlements
  • January 11, 2021: HRC Prompts Globe Correction: Israel Isn’t Building “New West Bank Settlements”.
  • June 3, 2020: CBC Online: As Canada Condemns Israel, HRC Prompts CBC to Acknowledge Israel’s Claims to Judea and Samaria
  • December 29, 2019: HRC Prompts Globe Correction: Israeli “Settlements” in West Bank Not Controlled By Palestinian Authority
  • November 22, 2019: “Globe and Mail Issues Correction After Claiming Israeli Town Part of “Palestinian Territory””
  • August 2, 2019: Honest Reporting Canada prompts CBC/Radio-Canada / CBC News to issue an on-air correction. Contrary to what was reported, #Israel ???????? didn’t build a new settlement. The Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu merely toured the existing settlement community of #Efrat after announcing plans to build homes there.
  • January 24, 2017: HRC Prompts Globe Correction (Again!) Israel Isn’t Building “New Settlements”
  • January 4, 2017: HRC Prompts 2 Globe & Mail Corrections on Settlements and U.S. Aid to Israel
  • Toronto Star: January 3, 2016: HRC Prompts Toronto Star Clarifications: Israel Isn’t Building More Settlements, Supports 2-State Solution: “The headline on a Dec. 29 article about U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s speech criticizing Israeli settlement construction stated that Kerry “ripped into Israel’s one-state solution.” In fact, as the article states, Kerry said Israel officially supports a two-state solution, but that the policies of the Israeli government regarding settlements “are leading towards one state.” As well, a Dec. 28 headline on an article about Israeli plans to move ahead with thousands of new homes in disputed areas stated that Israel would defy the United Nations to build more settlements. As the article made clear, Jerusalem’s municipal government had signalled it in- tended to proceed with plans to expand existing settlements in disputed areas.”
  • September 24, 2016: HRC Prompts Globe and Mail Correction: Israel Isn’t Building 1,000 New Settlements
  • June 15, 2014: HRC Prompts CBC Correction: Kidnapped Israeli Teens Were Not Heading “Home to Their Settlements”
  • June 8, 2014: CBC.ca: Clarifications: A previous version of this story said Israel approved new settlements in the West Bank. In fact, Israel is expanding an existing settlement.
  • April 11, 2014: Globe and Mail: “A Friday Comment article on the Israeli-Palestinian deadlock incorrectly said at back the of number news section of settlers in the West Bank was just over 190,000 in 2010. In fact, that number, from the Israeli Statistical Year Book, refers to the number of settlers in 2000.”
  • March 6, 2014: CBC.ca: Clarification: An earlier version of this article did not specify that it is the Israeli settlements in the West Bank that are considered a violation of international law.
  • February 10, 2014: CBC conceeds its reporter’s tweet falsely assumed Canadian Minister Jason Kenney had purchased a SodaStream product from an Israeli settlement
  • January 21, 2014: National Post/Ottawa Citizen/Calgary Herald/Montreal Gazette/PostMedia Correct incorrectly linkage between Israeli settlements and Palestinian refugees
  • January 13, 2014:  National Post: An earlier version of a blog post by Wayne K. Spear incorrectly indicated that Israel was building 1,400 new Jewish settlements in Palestinian territory. In fact, Israel is building 1,400 new homes.””
  • January 11, 2014: Huffington Post Canada: “”CORRECTION: An earlier version of this blog post incorrectly indicated that Israel was building 1,400 new Jewish settlements in Palestinian territory. In fact, Israel is building 1,400 new homes in Jewish settlements in Palestinian territory. This reference has been corrected.””
  • January 9, 2013: Metro Montréal Issues Correction: Israel To Build New Apartments, Not New Settlements.
  • CBC Radio: January 3, 2014:  After HRC Complaint, CBC Clarifies: Israel Isn’t Building “New Settlements”
  • Globe and Mail: December 28, 2013: Globe Corrects False Claim that Israel is Building “1,400 New Settlements”
  • Montreal Gazette and Radio-Canada.ca: November 3, 2013: Montreal Gazette & Radio-Canada Correct Headlines: Israel Not Building New Settlements
  • Montreal Gazette: November 2, 2013: For the record: Due to an editing error, a headline in Friday’s Gazette incorrectly referred to Israel’s plan to build “1,500 new settlements.” It should have said “1,500 new homes.” The Gazette regrets the error.”
  • CBC Online: August 14, 2013: After receiving an HRC complaint, CBC corrected its falsely claiming that Israeli settlements constitute the “foremost” obstacle in Mideast peace talks.
  • CBC News Network: August 9, 2013: After receiving an HRC complaint, CBC News acknowledged it used “imprecise language” and failed to attribute a statement its anchor made which falsely claimed Israeli settlements constitute the “main sticking point” in Mideast peace talks.
  • Saskatoon Star Phoenix: September 29, 2011: Correction: “A headline on page C5 in Wednesday’s StarPhoenix contained incorrect information. It should have read: Israel ok’s 1,100 more housing units. The StarPhoenix regrets the error.”
  • Radio-Canada Online, July 23 2009: Online report states town alleges firms broke law by building Israeli settlements. Correction issued so the article does not imply the allegations are facts. Settlements.
  • CBC Around the World, July 21 2009: Report incorrectly stated 3,000 Israeli settlers live in the West Bank. Correction aired the next day stating that 300,000 Israeli settlers live in the West Bank. Correction issued.
  • Winnipeg Free Press, June 5 2009: Report stated President Obama ‘warned Israel to stop the expansion of existing settlements in…Gaza.’ Free Press editor apologized stating there is no expansion nor presence of Israeli settlements in Gaza.
  • CBC Online, June 2 2009: Report states Palestinian village sends pair to sue Quebec companies… town alleges firms broke law by building Israeli settlements. Report re-issued to add “A Montreal lawyer for the companies, Ronald Levy, told the CBC News the lawsuit is totally inappropriate and this case falls outside of Canadian legal jurisdiction. On June 22, he said, he’ll demand the Quebec Superior Court dismiss the lawsuit.”
  • CBC TV, Jan 9 2009: “Hamas fired dozens more rockets at Israeli settlements.” CBC editor stated “the word [settlement] has a specific meaning in the Israeli context and could be misunderstood. We regret the error.”
  • CBC Online, April 3 2008: CBC Ombudsman Upholds HRC Complaint: “I must agree with you that use of the word “settlement” in any story about Israel immediately summons up in the minds of the most well-informed readers questions of controversy. While it is possible to use that word in almost any other context and summon up the notion of outlying communities, within Israel the word carries too heavy a freight to use it loosely. I agree that it runs the clear and present risk of being misinterpreted. The use of the term “settlement” to describe towns and villages in Northern Israel, while perhaps grammatically correct, is misleading in the context of the current political situation in the region. Vince Carlin, CBC Ombudsman.”
  • CTV News, Feb 5 2008: According to a CTV Producer: “Thank you for your note and comment regarding our broadcast of January 26th. You are quite correct in pointing out that the use of the word “settlements” to describe Israeli towns was wrong and inappropriate. I will ensure that all of our editorial team is more vigilant in using words that can be misleading, particularly with regard to the sensitive situation in the Middle East. Thank you for bringing this to my attention.”
  • CBC Online, Dec 28 2007: “A story published Dec. 27 about a meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas reported that Israel plans to build new apartment units in East Jerusalem and the West Bank extend existing settlements. In fact, it says the units extend existing neighborhoods.” and “Israel has said the units extend existing neighborhoods, not settlements as originally reported.” Correction issued.
  • Radio Canada TV, August 4 2005: “Canadian immigrants to Israel were described as ‘settlers.'” On-air correction issued after our complaint.
  • Globe and Mail, March 15 2005: “Israeli settlements and built-up land should not have been noted on a map of Gaza published yesterday, which used outdated information. The Israeli military and settlers withdrew from Gaza in 2005.” Correction issued.



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