UKMW prompts Indy correction to sentence claiming 750,000 Palestinian prisoners since 1967

UK Media Watch

Earlier in the month, we complained to editors at The Independent about an article (“Restaurants in Gaza only serve salt water in solidarity with hunger strikers”) by Bethan McKernan which included the following claim, attempting to contextualise Palestinian support for the hunger striking prisoners:

“750,000 Palestinians have at one point or another in the last 50 years been imprisoned by the Israeli state, affecting almost every family.”

This statistic, stated as fact by McKernan, is at minimum highly disputed.  As blogger Elder of Ziyon has persuasivelydemonstrated, it’s almost impossible for these numbers (cited frequently despite the fact that it originated from a radical NGO with ties to a terror group) to add up. Elder showed that, for the number to be accurate, it would mean that there were over 23,000 new prisoners a year since 1967, or 500 a week.  However, even during the height of the intifada…

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