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Yale’s student newspaper reverses claims of Hamas atrocities as unverified

Editor-in-chief Anika Seth wrote that the publication “was wrong to publish the corrections.”

Sterling Memorial Library at Yale University in New Haven, Conn., with a statue of Moses with horns protruding from his head. Photo by Karyn Bell.
Sterling Memorial Library at Yale University in New Haven, Conn., with a statue of Moses with horns protruding from his head. Photo by Karyn Bell.

Yale Daily News has responded to criticism of its decision to re-edit two published op-eds with the claim that reports of crimes against humanity by Hamas, the terrorist organization that rules the Gaza Strip and murdered 1,400 men, women and children on Oct. 7, were “unsubstantiated.”

 The publication has chosen to reverse the decision and acknowledge the errors.

“The News was wrong to publish the corrections. By the time of the first correction on Oct. 25, there had been widely reported coverage from outlets such as Reuters publicly verifying that Hamas raped and beheaded Israelis,” wrote Anika Seth, the newspaper’s editor-in-chief and president.

Seth acknowledged that the “corrections erroneously created the impression that, as of late October, there still was not enough publicly available evidence for those horrific acts.”

She apologized to readers.
Yale Daily News returned my article to original form. Does that make the initial change any less insidious? No,” Sahar Tartak, one of the edited columnists wrote on Tuesday. “Does it prove that public opinion can hold our institutions accountable, not allowing them to defend or deny anti-Jewish murderers? Yes.”

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