Following communication with UK Media Watch, Financial Times editors amended a sentence which had erroneously suggested that permission for Gazans to cross into Israel for medical reasons was rarely given.
COGAT, the Israeli authority tasked with processing such travel requests, flatly denied the Guardian claim that a young Palestinian suicide victim had been denied a travel permit to study at Hebrew University. In fact, they said he had never applied for permission in the first place.
An article in the Independent suggests that Israel denied a travel visa for a 28-year-old Gaza student who was due to begin a masters programme at Goldsmiths, University of London in Oct. However, UK Media Watch contacted a spokesperson at COGAT (Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories), who denied the claim and clarified that the student’s visa was approved for the date requested by the Palestinian Civil Authority.
UK Media Watch prompted a correction at The Independent to the claim that Israel prevents Gaza doctors from traveling abroad for training seminars. The new text cites statistics on the hundreds of such crossings over the past two years alone.
In a CiF Watch post published on Dec. 28, ‘Harriet Sherwood falsely claims that “almost no” construction materials have entered Gaza’, we noted this extremely misleading, and quite confusing, passage in a Dec. 27 […]
Guardian publishes letter by David Martin, MEP, advancing fiction that Israel limits medicine to Gaza
The Guardian published two letters today; The EU, Israel and occupied territories, July 25th, which responded to a July 23rd report by Phoebe Greenwood on the EU’s upgrade of diplomatic and trade relations […]