Independent’s anti-Israel bias shines through in comically misleading headline

Two elderly Jewish men were victims of a stabbing attack on Saturday in Jerusalem. The perpetrator of the attack, a 16-year-old Palestinian from East Jerusalem, was shot and killed by police shortly after the stabbing.

There has now been more than a dozen Palestinian or Arab terror attacks against Israelis, involving knives, in the past eight days.

Here’s how The Independent chose to frame the story.

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After complaints to Indy editors, they changed it to this:

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Despite the minor improvement, they still lead with the death of the perpetrator, and the text leaves readers unsure whether the boy killed by police was one responsible for the stabbing. Further, the Israeli victims are not mentioned.

Even worse, here’s the opening paragraph, in the report by Lizzie Dearden, which clearly inspired the original headline:

A 16-year-old boy has become the seventh Palestinian shot dead by Israeli security forces in just 24 hours as a wave of violence continues.

In the second paragraph, we finally learn that the boy was shot after stabbing two Jews.

Moreover, you’d have to read the entire article to even get a hint that seven Palestinians were “shot dead by Israeli security forces in just 24 hours” in response to a wave of terror attacks against Israelis.

Even by British media standards, this represents an especially egregious example of anti-Israel bias.

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