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March 10, 2016

A Striking Difference Between the AP and Reuters Reports on the Palestinian Response to the Murder of Taylor Force

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Yahoo News carried reports from both the Associated Press (AP) and Reuters on the fatal stabbing of American West Point graduate and combat veteran, Taylor Force.

The AP report included the following discussion of the official Palestinian response:

Biden criticized the Palestinians for failing to condemn the stabbing, after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' political party posted a statement online praising the stabber.

A statement from Abbas' office following his meeting with Biden on Wednesday night said Abbas offered his condolences for the American's death, but stressed that Israel has killed nearly 200 Palestinians during the current round of bloodshed.

The Reuters report included the following:

"Let me say in no uncertain terms, the United States of America condemns these acts and condemns the failure to condemn these acts," Biden said, with Netanyahu at his side, in remarks that appeared critical of Palestinian leaders.

Palestinian leaders say many Palestinian attackers have acted out of desperation in the absence of movement towards creation of an independent state. Israel says they are being incited to violence by their leaders and on social media...

Abbas expressed his condolences over Force's death, according to the official Palestinian news agency WAFA, and said the establishment of a Palestinian state was key to ending the violence.

Notice that Reuters employs obtuse wording that fails to clearly convey that Vice President Joe Biden's remarks were directed at the Palestinian leadership for failing to condemn the murder and the Reuters report makes no mention at all of the ruling Fatah party's praise for the stabber.

Posted by SS at March 10, 2016 11:39 AM


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