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Media Watchdog Groups Slam CNN for Omission of Terror Attacks Against Israelis From List of Worldwide Incidents


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CNN center newsroom. Photo: Altair78.

CNN center newsroom. Photo: Altair78.

Media watchdog organizations blasted CNN on Friday for failing to include terrorist attacks in Israel on a list of terror incidents that occurred around the world in the last 30 days.

“Not including terror attacks against Israelis effectively legitimizes Palestinian terror by differentiating it from all other similar atrocities around the world,” Simon Plosker, managing editor for HonestReporting, told The Algemeiner. “CNN appears to have joined those who treat Palestinian terror as less significant or somehow understandable or perhaps even excusable.”

He added, “Do Israeli victims of terror not count and if CNN doesn’t consider attacks against Israelis to be terrorism then what exactly does CNN consider them to be?”

CNN published the list on Friday in response to the truck attack in Nice on Thursday night that left 84 people dead and hundreds injured. The article included mention of major terror incidents around the world that took place from June 14 through July 14. The list included incidents in Iraq, Bangladesh, Texas, Saudi Arabia, Kenya, Somalia, Florida and France.

The list, however, fails to include mention of a single terror attack that took place in Israel during the same period. Amongst those attacks was the brutal slaying of 13-year-old Hallel Yaffa Ariel who was stabbed to death in her bed by a Palestinian terrorist on June 30, and the shooting attack in Hebron on July 1 that killed Rabbi Michael “Miki” Mark, and injured his wife and children.

“It really is outrageous that they would not include these recent terrorist attacks…[especially] when they included other acts of terrorism that didn’t result in any deaths,” said Steve Stotsky, an analyst for the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA). “There really is no excuse for not including these terrorist attacks against Israelis. I think they should make changes to the article as soon as possible.”

CNN did not immediately reply to the Algemeiner‘s request for comment on the matter.

UPDATE: Shortly following the publication of this article, CNN added some examples of terror in Israel to its list.

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