For Second Time in Three Weeks, Leading UK Papers Ignore Deadly Palestinian Terror Attack
Once again, leading UK newspapers have deemed Palestinian terror attacks that killed Israelis as “unworthy” of news coverage.
Below are three prominent examples:
The Times of London
Since the Palestinian terror attack at the Barkan Industrial Park on Sunday that killed two Israelis — Kim Levengrond Yehezkel, the mother of an infant, and Ziv Hajbi, a father of three — The Times of London’s Jerusalem correspondent Anshel Pfeffer has published two articles about Israel: both concerning fraud charges against Sara Netanyahu.
But neither Pfeffer nor any of the paper’s other regional correspondents published anything about the terror attack.
The Telegraph’s Jerusalem correspondent Raf Sanchez published an article on Tuesday about the row between Turkey and Saudi Arabia over a missing Saudi journalist, and another regional correspondent published an Israel-related story regarding Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s scheduled meeting with Vladimir Putin.
However, as with The Times of London, nothing has been published by any of The Telegraph’s reporters about the Barkan terror attack.
The Independent published an article on the day of the attack about new Israeli restrictions on Gaza’s fishing zone, but nothing on the terror attack — despite the fact that the Indy has a Middle East correspondent, Bel Trew, who covers Israel and the Palestinian territories quite extensively.
In addition to ignoring Sunday’s attack by 23-year-old Walid Suleiman Na’alowa, a colleague of the victims at the Barkan plant, The Times of London, The Telegraph, and The Independent have something else in common: they all similarly ignored the Palestinian terror attack on September 16 at Gush Etzion Junction that killed Ari Fuld, a father of four from Efrat.
Other major outlets:
The Guardian published an AFP article on Sunday about the Barkan attack — though nothing on the murder of Ari Fuld.
Beyond the question of journalistic priorities on the day of and first few days following the attack, it’s telling that all of the media outlets cited have, over the course of the past six months, more often than not, devoted coverage to Palestinian injuries and deaths related to the weekly violent border riots — and many of these stories included highly evocative photos from the scene.
The journalistic axiom “if it bleeds it leads” isn’t entirely true when it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, where selective concern for the suffering of one side is the norm — indicative of a broader pattern of double standards that continues to slant British media coverage of the region.
Adam Levick covers the British media for CAMERA, the 65,000-member, Boston-based Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America.