Guardian report on murder of 5 Israelis uses pejorative use of “settlers” to characterize town where assault took place; avoids using the word “terrorist” to describe assailants

The initial AP report from the Guardian on the brutal attack in the Israeli town of Itamar somehow managed to avoid characterizing the assailants as either “terrorists” or “Palestinians”, yet found time, in a 237 word story, to characterize the residents of the town where the attack took place as:

“home to some of the West Bank’s most fervent settlers.” [emphasis mine]

The effort, by the unnamed AP writer, to dehumanize the Israelis murdered in this terrorist attack is simply unmistakable and, as anyone familiar with the Guardian narrative involving such “settlers” can conclude, it likely won’t be the last story about the deadly terrorist attack in Itamar containing such callous, and ideologically driven language.

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