CAMERA Prompts Two Additional Corrections from the Forward

In April CAMERA prompted a correction from the Forward, after a March 24 column in that publication inaccurately stated that Gaza has “a shortage of the chemicals necessary to make disinfectants, including hydrogen peroxide and chlorine” because “Israel bans both from entering Gaza under the pretext of ‘dual-use’ items — items they say can also be used for building weapons.” The correction stated, “An earlier version of this piece stated that Israel bans hydrogen peroxide and chlorine. Israel does not ban either; it restricts hydrogen peroxide. We sincerely regret the error.”

After further communication between CAMERA and an editor, the Forward has now made two more corrections, both to factual misstatements in an August 28, 2019 opinion column.

The column, titled, “Israel Is Now Trolling Us Palestinians On Social Media,” originally stated:

For starters, COGAT embodies everything that’s problematic about the occupation of the West Bank. It is a military unit in charge of civilian affairs, a perfect encapsulation of the problem with military rule over a civilian population without the right to vote.

It now states:

For starters, COGAT embodies everything that’s problematic about the occupation of the West Bank. It is a military unit in charge of civilian affairs, a perfect encapsulation of the problem with military rule over a civilian population without the right to vote for the government that runs the military. [Emphasis added.]

The same piece also originally stated:

It took us years to get concrete and marble for his tombstone, thanks to their ban on what COGAT calls “dual-use items.” These are any materials primarily used by civilians that Israel claims without evidence would be used for military purposes instead. [Emphasis added.]

It now states:

It took us years to get concrete and marble for his tombstone, thanks to their ban on what COGAT calls “dual-use items.” These are any materials primarily used by civilians that Israel claims would be used for military purposes instead.

However, the Forward did not include any notation to indicate that these corrections were made. Moreover, numerous problems with Shehada’s writing, and with other writing in the Forward, remain.