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November 26, 2015 7:56 am

Media Outlets Glorify Palestinian Terrorists, Dismiss Israeli Victims

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Magen David Adom emergency responders on the scene of a Palestinian terror attack that killed three people on Thursday in Gush Etzion, Israel. Photo: Twitter.

Magen David Adom emergency responders on the scene of a Palestinian terror attack that killed three people on Thursday in Gush Etzion, Israel. Photo: Twitter.

It’s been two months since the current wave of Palestinian terror began, and world media outlets are still confused about victims and terrorists.

On Sunday, three Palestinian terrorists attempted to stab Israelis in unrelated attacks, killing one woman. The terrorists were killed in self-defense. The New York Times initial headline (since changed) read: “1 Israeli and 3 Palestinians Killed in Attacks in West Bank.”

That headline implies that the violence was of equal moral value — that it was all just “attacks;” Palestinians attacked Israelis, and Israelis attacked Palestinians. In fact, the headline implies that the Israeli attacks were worse because more Palestinians were killed.

The moral failure, however, does not belong exclusively to The New York Times. Other newspapers also provided obtuse headlines that equated the victims and the terrorists. The Irish Times offered this whopper of a misleading headline:

“Three Palestinians, one Israeli die in West Bank incidents”

Reading that, one would not even know that terrorist attacks took place. An “incident” could be a car accident or even an avalanche. Interestingly, the coverage was provided by Reuters, which had a different headline — “Israeli fatally stabbed, three Palestinian attackers killed in West Bank: police” — that would have provided more accurate information. That means the Irish Times actively changed the headline to the one above.

Not to be outdone, the Sydney Morning Herald published this muddle of a headline:

“Four dead in new West Bank knife attacks”

As for The New York Times, at least it changed the headline. But the coverage beneath remained equally tilted towards sympathy for the terrorists over the victims. Take, for example, the first two paragraphs of the article:

Three Palestinians who each attacked Israeli Jews in separate episodes across the occupied West Bank on Sunday, were shot dead by Israeli civilians and soldiers, officials and witnesses said. One Israeli woman was killed in the attacks.

The father of one of the Palestinian attackers, a 16-year-old girl, said she had been preparing for martyrdom and asked him to donate her organs.

The fate of the attackers is mentioned prominently, along with a list of those involved in their deaths. The real victim of the violence — the Israeli woman — is tucked at the end with no real information. That should come in the second paragraph, but no. Instead, the reader gets a quote from the father of a terrorist about her desire to donate organs. That’s the way one talks about a humanitarian and a victim, not a terrorist.

Contrast that with the opening paragraphs of coverage from the Associated Press:

A young Israeli woman was stabbed to death by a Palestinian who was among three assailants to be shot dead following separate attacks Sunday, Israeli security forces said, with the latest flare-up of violence coming ahead of a visit to the region by US Secretary of State John Kerry.

The 21-year-old Israeli woman was seriously wounded when a Palestinian attacked her with a knife in the West Bank Sunday afternoon before being shot and killed by soldiers nearby, the military said.

AP prioritizes the victim and offers details of the crime committed against her. There is no emotional quote from the terrorists’ families, and no sense that the Israeli action was anything other than self-defense. That’s called getting the story right, and it’s an element The New York Times should consider adding to its coverage of Israel and the Palestinians.

These headlines and the coverage from The New York Times simply misrepresent the reality. They make it impossible for readers to make sense of what’s taking place in the Middle East. When terrorists are treated with equal or even greater deference than their victims, reporters need to check their moral compasses.

This article was originally published by HonestReporting.

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  • Just like politicians, all reporters have a dilemma.If they toe the line and produce these ambivalent reports they accuse no one and get to keep their jobs, even promotion. The families enjoy a good, threat-free lifestyle. If they poke their heads over the parapet, tell the truth, identify perpetrators, express empathy with the victims, provide background and causation honestly.all hell might break loose.The least consequence will be the loss of jobs, blacklisted, online and physical abuse to self and family,threats and assassination.Political Correctness, the vehicle for diverse agenda, exists through blackmail and fear. Dare to state any unpalatable yet obvious fact, and you are immediately a racist, a fascist, a Nazi, and now the acme of insults–a Zionist! We used to laugh when PC banned Robertson’s golliwog and censored Enid Blyton.Who is laughing now? I deplore this cowardly travesty called free journalism, but I can understand it would take a brave or foolhardy journalist to risk everything for concepts like honesty and integrity.Many have paid the price.

  • Chet Bdr Ranna

    very very saddened news while I had been able to listenined news since there this nieghboors always clashing each other dismisse clash


  • Thank you, AP, for honest reporting! (In times of dishonesty, honesty shines out.)

  • Michael Garfinkel

    After hundreds of these biased, Israel-hating Times stroies, there’s no point to suggesting that “reporters need to check their moral compasses.”

    Those compasses, if they ever existed, are damaged beyond repair.

  • I find it interesting that the liberal/left media the world-over is distorting the truth when in the end, when Islam does conquer the Western world, liberal/left reporters will be the first people Islamists target. Especially since in the media there are so many reporters who are 1) women 2) Jewish and 3) Gay. Why would you condone the actions of someone who in the end hates you and wants to kill you? I just don’t get the current love affair Western media has for Islam and the disdain it has for Christianity which helped build the Western world we live in and benefit from today (and yes, I know, Christianity has its faults but at least there’s no one in the Christian world showing their love and tolerance for everyone by beheading and raping innocent men, women and children).

    • Paul Lockwood

      Liberals are pseudo-intellectuals. They wouldn’t last 5 minutes living under the very groups they claim to support. I’d like to see some of these Western women under sharia law. Yeah right.

      In their twisted belief system, Liberals believe anything anti-West/anti-semmitic, such as the views of Palestinians, Daesh, Iran-sponsored Hama/Hezbollah, are views of economically disenfranchised people, instead of the deranged, political, power-hungry religious fanatics and mass murders they really are. Liberals are terror sympathizers plain and simple, and they criticize the very society that provides them with the freedom and security that allows them to sit in cafes sipping their $8 lattes, criticizing Israel, excuse me, Jews, for trying to live.

      Shooting French citizens peacefully eating in a restaurant is not equal to shooting Jewish people eating peacefully in an Israeli restaurant. Jews are fine to kill in the twisted liberal mind.