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March 13, 2011

A Terrorist Attack By Every Other Name

What do you call the stabbing and shooting murder of five family members, killed for nationalist reasons -- two parents and three children, including an infant -- sleeping in their beds at night? When it comes to Israeli victims, some in the media, come what may, will NOT call it a terrorist attack. And so they resort to scare quotes. Take, for instance, this CNN headline:

Israeli family of 5 killed in 'terror attack,' military says

Even worse, the BBC puts the fact that the a murderer killed five in quotation marks, as if perhaps even that may be in dispute:

Palestinian 'kills five Israelis' in West Bank

Posted by TS at March 13, 2011 01:30 AM

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In this Associated Press item (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/03/12/AR2011031201371.html), the attack performed the killing--all by itself: “The knife attack Friday killed two young children, a baby and their parents.”

Posted by: JNL at March 13, 2011 05:55 PM

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