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January 30, 2014

UPDATED: Reuters Headline Falsely Accuses Israel of Threatening Civilians

A Reuters article about an Israeli military general’s warning to Hezbollah over its establishment of thousands of terrorist bases within residential buildings was published under the following erroneous headline:

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In fact, the article makes clear that Israel did not threaten any Lebanese civilians. Rather, Israel's Air Force chief, Major General Amir Eshel called out Hezbollah for establishing thousands of terrorist bases within residential buildings and warned that the Israeli army would not be deterred from retaliating for attacks launched from within these quarters. The article quotes Maj.-Gen. Eshel:

"We will have to deal aggressively with thousands of Hezbollah bases which threaten the State of Israel and mainly our interior," Eshel said in a speech, citing Beirut, the Bekaa Valley and southern Lebanon among the locations of the bases.

Compare Reuter's erroneous headline with the Jerusalem Post headline on the same topic:

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CAMERA contacted Reuters to change the erroneous headline to one that reflects the content of the story, but thus far, the misleading headline still remains. Can it be that Reuters editors prefer to defame Israel with false innuendo or is this merely a sloppy oversight?

UPDATE: CAMERA heard back from a Reuters editor who refuses to change the headline and suggests it is not "misleading" because the warning to Hezbollah does not "exclude" a threat against civilians, so no, this is not merely a sloppy oversight.

Posted by RH at January 30, 2014 11:33 AM

Comments

What the Reuter's editor's name?

Posted by: wayne at February 3, 2014 10:55 AM

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