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June 10, 2010

Note to AP: Mavi Marmara Was Not Carrying Supplies

In a story about President Obama's remarks at a press conference with Mahmoud Abbas, the Associated Press reported as follows:

"The situation in Gaza is unsustainable," Obama said as he met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the Oval Office. He said the attention of the world is on the problem because of the "tragedy" of the Israeli raid that killed nine people trying to bring in supplies.

Problem is, Obama did not say anything about "nine people trying to bring in supplies" — perhaps because he knew that those nine, Turkish passengers on the Mavi Marmara, were not trying to bring in supplies.

Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs explains that

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.

The AP, which has a code of ethics that states "when mistakes are made, they must be corrected -- fully, quickly and ungrudgingly," has been informed of the error. We'll update this post when they fulfill their promise and run a correction.

Posted by GI at June 10, 2010 04:03 PM

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