Success! Montreal Gazette Amends Article Which Falsely Claimed Most Palestinians Killed In Gaza Are Women & Children

June 3, 2024

On the front page of the Montreal Gazette on May 14, a report by Andy Riga, Michelle Lalonde, and Jacob Serebrin was published entitled: “Heavy police presence as thousands of Israel supporters rally in downtown Montreal,” which erroneously stated the following: “Taha said he understands where Israel supporters are coming from, but that he wants them to think about those who have been killed in Gaza, most of whom are women and children.”

Contrary to this statement, and as was reported by CBC, the National Post, and others, the United Nations recently significantly adjusted Palestinian casualty figures for the ongoing war in the Gaza Strip, halving the number of women and children previously reported killed, with the Post stating that “While more than 9,500 women and 14,500 children were reported among the fatalities by the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on May 6, two days later that number was revised significantly downward. Today, under 5,000 women and 8,000 children are now officially listed by the UN as casualties.”

The Post also noted that: “Such recent developments have cast serious doubts on earlier Hamas claims that 70 per cent of Palestinian casualties in the Israel-Hamas War were either women or children. According to the Times of Israel, the latest revision would bring the ratio of combatants to civilians killed in the conflict to nearly 1:1.”

HRC lodged a complaint directly with the Montreal Gazette, stating that their article was factually incorrect and needed immediate attention and corrective action.

We are pleased to note that the Gazette upheld our concerns, and amended the article and published an editor’s note which reads:

**An earlier version of this story stated that most of the deaths in Gaza had been women and children. In fact, the day before this report was published, the UN had cut its numbers of identified women and children who had been killed, so the wording has been changed. We thank the Gazette for their cooperation and corrective action.


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