On the September 13 broadcast of CBC Radio’s “World Report” program (listen here), newly minted Mideast bureau chief Derek Stoffel incorrectly stated that: “Turkey turfed Israel’s ambassador after Israeli authorities refused to apologize for a deadly raid on a Turkish ship trying to deliver aid to Gaza last year.”
Contrary to this statement and according to a report from Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Turkish Ship known as the Mavi Marmara did not carry any humanitarian supplies at all.
In light of this information, we asked senior CBC editors to issue a correction. Today, CBC Radio did just that by commendibly issuing the following on-air correction to set the record straight:
Anchor Peter Armstrong: “We have one small correction to add this morning. Earlier this week, we ran a piece about the Turkish Prime Minister and his support of the Palestinian bid for full U.N. membership. In the item, we said Turkey had expelled the Israeli Ambassador after Israeli authorities refused to apologize for a deadly raid on a Turkish ship trying to deliver aid to Gaza last year. Israeli commandos boarded the Mavi Marmara in international waters and killed nine Turkish civilians. The Mavi Marmara a was a passenger vessel window and though it was part of the flotilla carrying aid to Gaza, it was not carrying any of that aid itself.”