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July 04, 2016

National Post Headline Casts Doubt: Murder of Hallel Ariel Maybe Not Terrorism

July 5 Update: National Post Amends the Headline

Following CAMERA's communication with several editors yesterday, editors commendably amended the headline. It now appropriately states: "Palestinian fatally stabs Israeli girl, 13, as she sleeps in her bedroom in West Bank settlement." CAMERA commends editors for their quick follow up.

July 4 -- Can the murder of a sleeping 13-year-old child out of nationalistic motives be considered anything other than a terrorist attack? Canada's The National Post ran the following headline about the murder of Hallel Yaffa Ariel, a 13-year-old Israel girl murdered in her bed last week by a Palestinian: "Palestinian fatally stabs sleeping Israel girl in West Bank settlement in what Israel calls a terrorist attack."

National post Hallel Ariel.JPG

Why the qualifying reference to "what Israel calls a terrorist attack," as if there is a question as to whether the nationalistically motivated murder of a sleeping child is actually terrorism? The story, by Ruth Eglash, originated in The Washington Post where it was appropriately, and more briefly, headlined: "Palestinian fatally stabs sleeping Israeli girl, 13, in West Bank settlement."

Indeed, the reference to a "terrorist attack" is superfluous because the facts speak for themselves. But, once The National Post does lengthen the headline by including a reference to a "terrorist attack," on what grounds does it cast doubt on that fact that the nationalistic murder of a child is anything but a terror attack? Is this what The National Post calls a journalistically sound headline?

CAMERA has contacted editors to request that the bizarre headline be amended. Readers may also submit feedback to editors through The Post's site.

Posted by TS at July 4, 2016 04:04 AM



Posted by: Mark Mendelson at July 4, 2016 04:04 PM

Bravo CAMERA! May you continue to fight the good fight for honesty and truth.

Posted by: Toni at July 5, 2016 09:20 AM

Can one imagine if an Israeli hacked to death a Palestinian girl how the National Post would have reacted.

Posted by: Barry Meridian at July 19, 2016 08:59 AM

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