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July 27, 2016

A New York Times Round-Up Omits Anti-Israel Terror

Twice in one week, CNN inexplicably omitted anti-Israel attacks in its overviews of terrorism around the world. And although the broadcaster later updated both articles to mention Palestinian attacks on Israeli civilians, many readers couldn’t help but wonder what was behind the omission in the first place. How could any well-versed journalist not remember that Israel has been a primary target of terrorists?

With today’s New York Times feature that fails to refer to anti-Israel attacks, readers may ask the same question. To be sure, the primary focused of the feature on a two-week period in March during which no Israelis were killed. And a paragraph in the introduction refers to a more recent week of mass casualty attacks in Iraq, Turkey, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Somalia, Cameroon, and Saudi Arabia, a week in which two Israelis were killed in separate, individual-casualty attacks. But the piece’s introduction is more sweeping, referring to

an endless stream of terror attacks. Orlando and Beirut. Paris and Nice and St. Etienne-du-Rouvray, France. Germany and Japan and Egypt. Each bomb or bullet tearing holes in homes and communities.

The bullets targeting Israelis at Tel Aviv’s Sarona Market this summer also tore holes in homes and communities, and took four lives. Israel was not mentioned, despite the attack causing more casualties than the recent attack in Etinee-du-Rouvray, or this summer’s attack on a police officer in Paris that the feature appears to reference.

And while still, this passage doesn’t purport to be an exhaustive list of all of this summer’s terror attacks, the question again arises: Is The New York Times letting politics dissuade it from including anti-Israel terror attacks among those targeting civilians of other nationalities?

Although this one case doesn’t allow for a clear answer, it is an appropriate question, especially considering the newspaper’s documented tendency to downplay Palestinian violence against Israelis (see chapter four of CAMERA’s six month study here). The newspaper’s public editor in 2014 felt the need to remind her colleagues that Palestinians are “more than just victims.” Perhaps they should also be reminded that Israelis, all too often, are victims of international terror.

Posted by GI at July 27, 2016 01:19 PM

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