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Complainant Name:
Ms Hadar Sela

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Guardian


Ms Hadar Sela complained to the Press Complaints Commission on behalf of Comment is Free Watch (CIF Watch) about an article which was, in her view, inaccurate and misleading in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice.

According to the complainant, because an Israeli court had accepted that the Israel Defence Forces were not engaged in house demolitions on the day of Rachel Corrie's death, it was not the case that she ‘died trying to protect a Palestinian home from demolition'.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following clarification:

An editorial about an Israeli court ruling on the death of the peace activist Rachel Corrie said the 23-year-old American ‘died trying to protect a Palestinian home from demolition'. Corrie was killed by an Israeli military bulldozer in the Gaza Strip in March 2003 while protesting against the destruction of Palestinian homes. In August 2012, an Israeli court accepted that no homes were under threat of destruction on the day Corrie died: the IDF said its bulldozers were only clearing vegetation and explosives. The home in front of which Corrie was standing when she died was demolished in January 2004'.

Date Published: 15/03/2013

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