Reuters Corrects Caption on Palestinian Stabbing Attack After Media Watchdog Outreach
JNS.org – Reuters on Monday issued a correction and refiled a photo caption about a Palestinian terrorist stabbing attack, following outreach from the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) media watchdog group.
On March 31, the family home of late Palestinian terrorist Ihab Maswadeh — who carried out a stabbing attack in Hebron last December — was partially demolished by Israeli forces. The original photo caption published by Reuters on the home demolition claimed that Maswadeh was “shot dead by Israeli troops after he attempted to stab an Israeli soldier last December.”
CAMERA reached out to Reuters and noted, “First, Maswadeh not only ‘attempted’ to stab an Israeli. He actually succeeded, striking his victim several times in the upper body and inflicting fatal wounds. The victim, Genadi Kaufman, died of his wounds three weeks later.”
Additionally, Kaufman was not an “Israeli soldier,” but a gardener working near the Cave of the Patriarchs at the time.
Reuters eventually issued a correction and refiled its caption, stating, “REFILE – CLARIFYING REFERENCE TO THE STABBING ATTACK A relative of Palestinian Ihab Maswadeh (seen in the poster), who fatally stabbed an Israeli man last December, inspects the damage after the Israeli forces partially demolished Maswadeh’s house in the West Bank city of Hebron March 31, 2016.”