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November 16, 2015 7:27 am

Guardian Erases ‘Palestinians’ From 2 Palestinian Terror Attacks in Hebron

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The funeral of Rabbi Ya'akov Litman and  his son, Netanel. Photo: Israel National News/Screenshot.

The funeral of Rabbi Ya’akov Litman and his son, Netanel. Photo: Israel National News/Screenshot.

The Guardian’s Jerusalem correspondent, Peter Beaumont, pulled off quite a feat in a November 13 report on “violence in the region.” He managed to report on two separate Palestinian terror attacks in Hebron without noting that the perpetrators were Palestinian.

First, here’s the headline and strap line:

Israel father and son shot dead in their car near Hebron: Gunman escapes after ambushing man in his 40s and 18-year-old son who were driving with five other family members in southern Hebron hills.

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Now, here’s the entire text within the section of his report dealing with a Palestinian attack on Israeli motorists on Friday that killed two:

An Israeli man and his 18-year-old son have been shot dead in an ambush attack on their car south of the occupied West Bank city of Hebron.

The victims were driving with five other family members when they were ambushed by a gunman near Otniel, a settlement in the southern Hebron hills.

The gunman was believed to have been hiding by the side of the road for an Israeli vehicle to drive by. He escaped by car after the shooting. The two dead men were identified as Ya’akov Litman and his son, Natanel.

Noam Bar, a paramedic for Magen David Adom, Israel’s equivalent of a national Red Cross, said: “When we arrived at the scene, we saw seven people outside of a van, two of whom, a man in his 40s and an 18-year-old youth, were lying unconscious with gunshot wounds to their upper bodies. They were showing no signs of life, and there was no other choice but to pronounce them dead at the scene.”

Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, said: “We will get to these despicable murderers and bring them to justice as we have in the past. We will fight terror in any place it is needed.”

We’re informed that the Israelis died in “an ambush attack”– but not that a Palestinian was of course the one who launched the attack.

Beaumont then pivots, after a few transitional passages, to another incident in which an Israeli was shot by a Palestinian gunman.

Friday’s incidents follow last week’s sniper fire on a crowd of Jews at the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron’s Old City, which wounded two, and Thursday’s raid by undercover Israeli soldiers and security agents on a Hebron hospital, in which a Palestinian man was shot dead.

Again, two Jews were wounded by “sniper fire”– but we’re not told that Palestinians fired the shots.

Yet, note how Beaumont does manage to explain that, in a separate incident on Thursday, a Palestinian in Hebron was killed by Israeli security personnel.

This isn’t the first time the Guardian has erased Palestinians from stories about terror attacks against Israeli Jews.  In November 2014, the Guardian deleted references to the Palestinian identity of the attackers in a Reuters story about the deadly assault on worshipers at a Jerusalem synagogue, despite the fact that Israeli police had already identified the attackers as Palestinians.

Once again, the Guardian has demonstrated its bias when reporting on Israeli-Palestinian issues — specifically, a pattern of obfuscating even the most unambiguous examples of Palestinian culpability for terror and violence.

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  • Julian Clovelley

    This is baloney Levick – your claims against the Guardian here are totally unjustified

    In the first item Beaumont correctly reports that the gunman escaped by car – so in fact a responsible journalist like Beaumont could not conclude and report that a Palestinian gunman was responsible. That would take capture, investigation, and trial after the event

    Levick then proceeds to create an accurate picture by omission of the preceding sentence to his quote which describes the nature of the ongoing violence in the area concerned – the correct quote of the paragraph would begin “The area has seen some of the worst violence in the recent surge of friction between Israelis and Palestinians. Friday’s incidents follow last week’s sniper fire on a crowd of Jews at the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron’s Old City, which wounded two…” The implication is quite clear here as to who the violence is between

    In a linked article Beaumont refers to recent cases where Palestinian disguise has been used to make arrests including the apparent use of such disguise on a hospital

    Levick concludes his rant with “Once again, the Guardian has demonstrated its bias when reporting on Israeli-Palestinian issues — specifically, a pattern of obfuscating even the most unambiguous examples of Palestinian culpability for terror and violence.”

    It rather seems to me that if anyone is confusing the “examples” it is Israeli Jews dressing up as Palestinians as part of security forces raids. Beaumont has done all that a responsible journalist can do with such obfuscating behaviour on the part of security forces and that is to describe the environment in which the violence is taking place and not claim to identify perpetrators that are in fact at the time of writing unidentified

    If Levick worked for many newspapers he would be sacked for breaking the most basic rule of journalism – to only publish as fact that which you know to be so. “If you don’t know, find out – If you can’t find out, leave out”

    The article on the undercover raid on the hospital can be found at:

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/nov/12/palestinian-shot-dead-in-israeli-undercover-raid-on-west-bank-hospital

    That article dated 13 November 2015 begins:

    “Israeli forces disguised in Palestinian clothes – including one impersonating a pregnant woman in a wheelchair – have raided a hospital in the flashpoint city of Hebron, shooting dead a relative of a man suspected of carrying out a stabbing attack.

    The operation, involving two dozen undercover soldiers and Shin Bet agents – some wearing fake beards – took place in the early hours of Thursday morning.”

    So who is confusing who? – and what is a journalist supposed to do – other than stick closely to journalistic standards? Would Levick?

    One other point Levick might consider too is the apparent very heavy Zionist moderation that appears to be taking place within the Guardian’s discussion forums at the moment. If you doubt me, put a dummy post in that refers to the role of Zionist extremism in the present mess. Many Middle East based articles in the Guardian currently do not even allow for discussion – the forums are closed on such subjects

    • Gary Katz

      You should apply for a reporting job at “The Guardian.” You’re a natural.

  • Andrzej Lozowski

    Not sure (actually, that is not true. I am quite sure) what you are complaining about. The perpetrator was not a “Palestinian” There is no such thing as Palestinians, anymore than there are such things as “Kosovars.” The terrorist in question, now in Israeli custody, is a Muslim Arab. (the so called Kosovars, are Albanians) Should I clarify any other points?

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