The Scandalous Media Coverage of Palestinian Terror

Feb. 25 2016

While the ongoing wave of murderous attacks on Israeli citizens has received regular coverage in mainstream news outlets, even a cursory look at the headlines reveals a bizarre pattern of obfuscation, as Eylon Aslan-Levy writes:

[Over the past five months], Palestinian terrorists have succeeded in killing nearly 30 Israelis and injuring countless others. As Israelis have confronted this violent upsurge, however, parts of the international media have been rubbing salt into the knife wounds. On too many occasions, headlines have appeared to ignore the acts of terrorism themselves, leading instead with the deaths of the terrorists [killed or arrested] in the course of committing these crimes—while presenting [the terrorists], acontextually, as innocents. . . .

The false impression given to the reader is that Israel’s security forces are arbitrarily and summarily executing Palestinians—instead of taking necessary action in self-defense to stop terrorist atrocities. . . .

[For instance], on the night of October 3, 2015, in Jerusalem’s Old City, a Palestinian terrorist stabbed four Israelis (including a two-year old infant), killing two. He then opened fire at police officers and was shot dead in response. The BBC then ran the galling headline, “Palestinian shot dead after Jerusalem attack kills two,” neglecting to indicate that the same Palestinian, and not the disembodied “Jerusalem attack,” had in fact killed two. (After subsequent complaints, the headline was finally changed to the more accurate “Jerusalem: Palestinian kills two Israelis in Old City.”)

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