Boston Globe editors didn't bother double checking the stats when Eyad al-Sarraj and Sara Roy wrote in February:
Although Gaza daily requires 680,000 tons of flour to feed its population, Israel had cut this to 90 tons per day by November 2007, a reduction of 99 percent.
You don't need to be a math genius to figure out that if Gaza has a population of 1.5 million, as the authors also note, then 680,000 tons of flour a day come out to almost half a ton of flour per Gazan, per day.
The Globe posted a correction at the bottom of the web page, which Kramer rightfully called onto the carpet too:
The pounds-for-tons "correction" is an attempt to cover up the authors' original sin: they just copied the figure straight from the Ahram Weekly (which anyway doesn't use pounds--it uses metric measurements). The Boston Globe should go back to the authors and ask for the precise source of their figures. It's called fact-checking.
Sarraj and Roy are entitled to their opinions, but even op-eds have to be based on accurate info.