On January 25, 2023, the Toronto Star published a story by the Associated Press which presented inaccurate statistics related to Palestinians killed by Israeli fire in 2022. The original version of the story incorrectly stated that “Wednesday’s deaths brought to 20 the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli fire this year. Nearly 150 Palestinians were killed last year, making it the deadliest since 2004, according to figures by the Israeli rights group B’Tselem” (emphasis added).
CJPME brought this error to the attention of the Toronto Star’s public editor and the Associated Press, requesting a correction. As we noted, the figures cited by B’Tselem refer only to Palestinians killed by Israeli fire in the occupied West Bank (including East Jerusalem), and do not include Gaza. When Gaza is included in the figures, the total number of Palestinians killed by Israeli fire in 2022 is 182.
On February 1, 2023, the Associated Press made a correction to the story which appeared in the Toronto Star and other outlets and included the following editor’s note: “This story was first published on January 25, 2023. It was updated on February 1, 2023 to make clear that Nearly 150 Palestinians were killed in Israeli -Palestinian fighting last year in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, making it the deadliest in those areas since 2004, according to figures by the Israeli rights group B’Tselem.”