UK media ignore the role of incitement in terror attack that killed Alexander Levlovich

Alexander Levlovich, 64, was returning home from a Rosh Hashana dinner when his car was struck by rocks thrown by four Palestinian teens on Asher Viner Street, the road separating the Jewish neighborhood of Armon Hanatziv (East Talpiyot) from the Palestinian neighborhood of Sur Baher.

Levlolich lost control of his vehicle and was critically injured when it struck a pole. He was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.

Nir Levlovich, one of Alexander’s three surviving sons, who was in the US when his father was killed, wrote: “One stone changed the course of my life.”

This writer attended a press conference in Jerusalem last week with Nir Levlovich, held on the very road where his father was killed, and was able to ask one simple question: Does he believe that incitement played a role in the attack that killed his father?  As Nir is not a native English speaker, the word “incitement” had to be translated for him, but, once he understood the question, here’s his immediate two-word response:


“Of course”, he said, matter-of-factly.

Indeed, as the Jerusalem Post noted about one of the perpetrators of the attack:

“Doiat [Dawiat], who confessed to throwing the large rock that killed Levlovitz, said he wore a Hamas flag he received earlier in the month at an “Al-Aksa is in Danger” demonstration against the banning by the defense minister of two radical Muslim groups from the Temple Mount.

As this blog and others have noted repeatedly, the role of Palestinian incitement in the violence at the Temple Mount and Jerusalem is all but ignored by the Western media, despite the well-documented evidence of the phenomenon on sites such as Palestinian Media Watch (PMW).

The Independent, in a short mention of the fatal rock attack in Jerusalem at the end of a longer articlepublished by Lizzie Dearden on Sept. 23rd, not only fails to note the role played by incitement in the murder of Levlovich, but implicitly suggests that Mahmoud Abbas has condemned such violence.

An Israeli man also died in Jerusalem after Palestinians pelted his car with rocks.

Several rockets have been fired from the Gaza Strip, prompting Israel to deploy its Iron Dome rocket defence system.

Speaking in Paris on Tuesday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called for an end to the violence.

“It’s extremely dangerous,” he said. “We don’t want to see this continue.”

However, here’s what Abbas said  in Arabic on official PA TV several days earlier in response to recent violence by Palestinians at the Temple Mount.


Of course, such evidence of official Palestinian incitement is so ubiquitous that a reporter covering the region would seemingly have to make an effort not to report it. 

Such glaring omissions in UK media reports – on this and other deadly Palestinian terror attacks – deny British news consumers the opportunity to properly contextualize the escalating violence by understanding this one undeniable and “extremely dangerous” root cause.

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