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December 30, 2015

On Mavi Marmara, Los Angeles Times Throws Facts Over Board

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Knives, wrenches, and wooden clubs used to attack the soldiers on board the Mavi Marmara (photo courtesy of IDF)

In an article about Turkish-Israeli ties last week, The Los Angeles Times incorrectly reported:

In 2010, however, Israeli commandos intercepted a Turkish ship, the Mavi Marmara, that was attempting to deliver supplies to the Gaza Strip.

The photo caption in the print edition repeated the erroneous claim that the Mavi Marmara was "attempting to deliver supplies to Gaza."

While the ship was part of a flotilla attempting to break Israel's legal naval blockade of the Gaza Strip, the Mavi Marmara was not carrying any supplies and therefore was not attempting to deliver supplies. As Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported at the time:

Of the seven flotilla ships, only four were freight ships. The Challenger 1 (small yacht), the Sfendonh (small passenger boat) and the Mavi Marmara (passenger ship) did not carry any humanitarian aid, except for the passengers' personal belongings. (Emphasis added.)

And, as Greta Berlin, one of the flotilla organizers, told Al Jazeera at the time: "This mission is not about delivering humanitarian supplies. . . "

CAMERA contacted editors to request a correction. Stay tuned for an update.

Posted by TS at December 30, 2015 04:18 AM


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