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November 13, 2013 11:50 am

UK Media Response to Stabbing of IDF Soldier is Shameful

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The scene of the stabbing of an IDF soldier. Photo: IDF.

When a stone-throwing Palestinian teenager is injured, or perhaps even arrested, you can bet your bottom dollar that the world’s media will be there. Well, by “there” I mean on the phone to a freelance photographer on the ground, willing to cough up thousands of pounds to buy and publish pictures and video.

Of course, such an incident is usually followed by “mass protests”, which usually involves around a hundred Western activists taking to the dirt roads of the Palestinian territories acting like fools in front of some cameras. The BBC, the Guardian, the New York Times – they all revel in it.

Soon enough, Jeremy Bowen is filing dispatches from the front-line, claiming that the “Israeli response has been heavy handed” or that “ordinary Palestinians are up in arms” or something of the sort. Some reference will be made to settlements, another to Gaza’s “water crisis” and if we’re lucky we’ll be treated to a nod towards “the Jewish lobby” and its global influence.

Rinse and repeat.

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But not if the victim of an incident in the region is Israeli. No, no, no.

That, to the media’s mind, must be buried as a story, much like the horrifying terrorist incident from this morning has been.

As you may or may not know by now, Eden Atias, a 19-year-old soldier from Nazareth Illit, was taken to hospital this morning after being stabbed in his sleep by a Palestinian boy of just 16. Atias died, and it has been discovered that the clearly radicalised assailant, (perhaps even with our aid money), was turned over to the police.

I struggled to find any such reaction as I described above to this morning’s events. The Times of Israel has wide coverage of the horrific attack, but Sky News has buried the story, so too has the BBC, instead heading up their “Middle East” section with a story entitled, “Israel rethinks settlement plans”. When you do stumble upon their coverage, it is patently just Reuters copy.

The Telegraph is even worse. No coverage in the “World” section, nothing in the “Middle East” section, and not even a word in the “Israel” sub-section. Their top story on Israel? “Israel cancels plans for 20,000 new settler homes”.

The Guardian fairs better in coverage of the story, placing it third on their list in the “World” section. Harriet Sherwood, their Jerusalem correspondent, even manages to write the entire copy, rather than just pasting from Reuters. This however is easily explained, as no doubt the Guardian and Sherwood wanted to somehow blame Israel for the entire attack, a message that comes through when quoting John Kerry on the need for peace to avoid further terrorism, and when using this non-sequitur closing line: “According to the Israeli human rights organisation B’Tselem, there were 4,806 Palestinian security prisoners and detainees in Israeli jails at the end of September.”

Relevant? Not at all. Just their usual dig.

There’s nothing on The Independent’s website, and nothing on the Daily Mail either. Even The Times is barren.

When one of our own, off-duty, British soldiers died by a knife-attack on the streets of London, the world’s media focused on the terrorist incident. And rightly so. While the response of some politicians and journalists may have been farouche on the Islam question, at least it can be said that the global media, and not just our own, reacted with the relevant outrage at the incident in question.

The Times of Israel for instance, had 10 stories on the topic. It was splashed on the front pages of numerous papers from around the world, and media commentators were discussing it for weeks after it happened. In a way, we still are.

But somehow, and I feel very bad for this, I don’t think Eden Atias will get the same attention.

In failing to report on the incident effectively, the British media is again proving that it is not an objective source for information, and it shames the memory of both Private Eden Atias, and of Drummer Lee Rigby, that due respect and attention has not been paid to this cowardly attack.

Raheem Kassam is the founder and editor of TrendingCentral.com, where this article was originally published.

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  • all of duty IDF should be armed ! and use weapon ! R.I.P. young soldier !

  • Jon kurowsky

    REMIND THEM, why, they haven’t forgotten that they hate us, they just come up with new reasons. Our job is not to be loved, but to be an example, AN EXAMPLE. I don’t believe our history shows that HaShem wanted us to be an example of how to do anything, anywhere to make the nations like us. He knows what he set in place, its our job to be Torah observant Jews, not shrimping eating, cross wearing, can’t we all just get along jews. Britain has HATED us a very long time, WHATS NEW? Get over it, we have HaShem.

  • Typical of the BBC. They did this before when a whole family was wiped out in a settlement. This was not even in a settlement. Israel is in the headlines when “settlements” (i.e. Giloh a suburb of Jerusalem, no doubt highlighting the fact that the UK government is building no homes whatsoever in the UK!) are being mooted, not even built yet! The World Service is the worst culprit and Jeremy Bowen is as poisonous as Orla Guerin who, having been removed from the Middle East, is back again, in Egypt. She is getting closer!

  • isaac brajtman

    Re W.E. Brands comment..The disgusting reaction by Hamas makes it newsworthy.

  • Geoffrey

    Why would the world media be interested in reporting this murder? After all, the victim was a Jew and an Israeli and on both of these counts, who gives a damn about them? As Tom Lehrer once famously sang in the refrain in his “National Brotherhood Week” song (you can find it on YouTube), “everyone hates the Jews”.

  • Topcat

    I’m sorry. I repent on behalf of my countries press. They are a disgrace.

  • carl

    It is exactlh this slanted unequal reportinv that allows a gullible uninformed public to have such antipathy towards Israel. By not showing Jewish victims of Arab terror they portray only Israel as the unbridled aggressor.

  • Wallace Edward Brand

    So what makes this shameful typical behavior newsworthy?

  • Dan

    We’ll have to remind them when the time is right. A reminder of how little value the world actually cares about Israel.

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