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November 20, 2014 9:13 am

CBS Blasted for Claiming Jerusalem Slayings Took Place at ‘Contested Religious Site’

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CBS anchor Nora O'Donnell said the Jerusalem synagogue attack on Oct. 18 took place at a "contested religious site." Photo: Screenshot.

The CBS This Morning news show was attacked by media watchdog Honest Reporting for claiming that Tuesday’s terrorist attack at a Jerusalem synagogue took place at a “contested” religious location.

Introducing a report from Jerusalem, anchorwoman Nora O’Donnell said, “The two Palestinian attackers died in a shootout with police. It happened at a contested religious site in Jerusalem.”

In fact, the terror atrocity took place at a synagogue in Jerusalem’s Har Nof neighborhood. Honest Reporting noted “There is, of course, nothing ‘contested’ about the synagogue… Nor is there anything ‘contested’ about Har Nof itself, a Jewish neighborhood in the western side of Jerusalem.”

Five people were killed when two Palestinians stormed the synagogue during Tuesday’s morning prayers. The victims included three U.S. citizens and one Israeli Druze soldier. The two assailants were later shot dead by police.

Among the many other media gaffes Honest Reporting spotted following Tuesday’s murderous terror attack was CNN’s erroneous report that the incident took place at a “Jerusalem mosque.” The media watchdog pointed out, CNN’s initial headline – “4 Israelis, 2 Palestinians killed in synagogue attack” – “also failed, leaving readers to wonder whether 2 Palestinians were also victims of the attack, giving moral equivalence to terrorists and their victims.”

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  • The rabbis were three Americans and one Brit. It was an English speaking kollel, and if one of the terrorists worked nearby he would have known that. It was as much an attack on the USA and UK as it was on Israel. It was similar to the ISIL murder of Americans and Brits. How much of the media noted this?

    • snag

      “The rabbis were three Americans and one Brit”.

      How convenient – Remember those three boys kidnapped and killed last summer that give an excuse to Bibi to level Gaza? One of them Naftali Fraenkel was born in Israel his parents left US with their parents in 1950’s when they were children but it didn’t stop the Israeli media and warmongers to call him an American.

      Why? For the purpose to stir an outrage in US ,…

      Most of those folks left US and GB for Israel long time ago and got nothing to do with those nations except that they keep their passports in case it get too hot in Israel or other reasons like milking US or GB welfare systems ,…

  • We are at war. Many stubbornly and foolishly don’t put the pieces together and refuse to identify the evil doers as evil. We are disgracefully politically correct.

    There are no Luftwaffe overhead or Panzer divisions on our borders. But make no mistake; we are under attack—our values, our tolerance, our freedom, our virtue, our land. Did anyone imagine in the 1920’s what Europe would look like in the 1940’s?

    We dare not wallow in complacency, in a misguided tolerance and naive sense of security. We must not be lulled into inaction for fear of offending the offenders. Radical Islam is the scourge of the world and this must be cried out from every synagogue . ISIS MUST BE DESTROYED. Iran is our enemy. They are the new Nazis.
    These murderers, these barbarians are radical Islamists.

    This is all out war. Show no mercy on them. They must be utterly destroyed.. . They want to murder Jews and we must destroy them first. WHY ARE PEOPLE AFRAID TO STATE THIS. MOST OF THE WORLD HATES US JEWS for no reason. We should stop appeasing the world and protect ourselves and Israel. Yes we have a few countries such as the U.S.A. to turn to and we have some friends from different religions, yet another holocaust is coming if we Jews remain silent and a third intifada has begun. Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg, never again, never forget, never forgive. I am a son of holocaust survivors.

    Video is on

    • Leonard Waldner

      i agree with you, Rosenberg.