AP corrects story on Gaza construction ban after CAMERA notes error

Click photo to download. Caption: The skyline of Gaza City. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.(JNS.org) The Associated Press (AP) posted a clarification regarding a Dec. 31 story in which it reported that Israel imposed a ban on construction materials entering the Gaza Strip for more than five years.

After communication from the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA), the AP acknowledged that the Israeli ban was only applicable to Gaza’s private sector, and that Israel still allowed construction goods to enter Gaza for humanitarian projects. As of 2010, tens of thousands of trucks containing building materials for projects sponsored by the United Nations and international aid groups have entered Gaza. Since the ceasefire deal reached with Hamas in November, Israel has lifted a ban on private businesses, which can now also ship building materials into the area.

“CAMERA commends the AP on its timely and informative clarification,” CAMERA posted on its website, calling on other news organizations that had published the original misleading information by the AP to make the correction as well.

Posted on January 2, 2013 .