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August 18, 2011

UPDATED: People (aka Israelis) Die, Palestinians Killed

Israel launches Gaza air strikes in retaliation for Eilat attacks  World news

At the Guardian, Israeli victims of terrorism are "people" who "died"; Palestinian militant victims of Israeli counter-strikes are killed. The Guardian reports:

Israel has launched airstrikes on Gaza after blaming militants in the Palestinian territory for deadly attacks near Eilat earlier in the day.

Militants said five Palestinians were killed in the strikes.

Earlier at least seven people died when squads of gunmen armed with heavy weapons and explosives crossed into southern Israel from Egypt and attacked buses, cars and an army patrol, officials said.

3:30 PM Update: The Guardian has updated its opening paragraphs, which are now somewhat more open about who "died" and how they were killed:

Israeli civilians and soldiers came under sustained attack on Thursday by militants in the south of the country in a co-ordinated and audacious assault spanning three hours that left at least seven people dead and around 40 injured.

The Israeli government and military said the assailants came from Gaza, and promised to use "full force" in retaliation. Hamas denied it was responsible and said it would defend Gaza with "all its strength".

Within hours the Israelis had made good on their promise, killing up to six Palestinians in an air strike on Rafah, the Gaza town next to the border with Egypt. The dead were said to include the commander of the Popular Resistance Committee, Abu Awad Neirab.

In southern Israel, gunfire erupted again in the evening, with two people reported to be critically wounded.

Update II: Aug. 19, 8:25 AM EST: The Guardian has further improved its original language, transforming the people who died into Israelis. The story now states:

Israeli civilians and soldiers came under sustained attack on Thursday from militants in the south of the country in a co-ordinated and audacious three-pronged, three-hour assault that left at least seven Israelis dead and about 40 injured.

Posted by TS at August 18, 2011 12:41 PM


The AP had a similar story. It took me several attempts rereading it to finally understand that the seven who "died" were the Israelis and AP was NOT including the terrorists. I am surprised that the headline (where I read the story) focused on the Israeli "retaliation" and not the terrorist attack, but I shouldn't be.

Posted by: ben at August 18, 2011 01:42 PM

The BBC did the same, and so did The World (a program by the BBC/PRI). In both "at least 6 Palestinians killed" while "7 people killed". I guess we should take comfort in the fact that they are calling Israelis people, since they often won;t concede even that.

In this same vein, PBS Newshour talked of a Palestinian child/ girl killed in retaliation - but did not mention that two of the 7 Israelis killed deliberately, were children.

Posted by: Dorn L at August 18, 2011 10:10 PM

You seem surprised by such writing in Brit papers. The papers you note are of course left of center and have always been anti-Israel. It had become the fashion when the Marxist dream died for those left of center to identify with "the down trodden," and so of course that meant the Palestinians, according to leftist thinking. Alas, in those Arab countries where Palestinians are stored in refugee camps, they somehow or other are viewed as a plague rather than a cause.

Posted by: fred lapides at August 20, 2011 08:16 AM

The spirit of anti-Semitism has obviously gripped the major papers.

Posted by: Sugarhitman at August 20, 2011 10:12 AM

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