Another Indy headline fail – British paper claims Israeli ‘revenge’ on family in Gaza

For the third time in three days, the Independent has framed a report on the ongoing wave of Palestinian terror in a manner which imputes maximum malevolence to the Jewish state.

The latest Indy story pertains to an Israeli Air Force attack on two Hamas weapons sites in northern Gaza earlier today following two rocket attacks on Israeli towns over the weekend. According to Gaza officials, a pregnant woman and her young daughter were killed when an explosion from one of the Hamas weapons sites reportedly caused the collapse of her home.

Here’s how the Indy framed it, in an article, by Caroline Mortimer, published today.

indy headline failOf course, nothing in the actual article even suggests that the IDF was taking “revenge” against innocent Palestinian women and children in response to rocket attacks on Israeli cities.  Attacking a Hamas military site in response to rockets targeting Israeli cities is the dictionary definition of a “proportionate” response.

The Gazan civilians were likely killed because their home was in close proximity to a Hamas weapons site – a Hamas tactic known as the use of ‘human shields’.  But, as we saw during UK media coverage of the Gaza war last summer, Palestinian government culpability in the death of their own civilians is simply not part of the desired narrative.

(See an update to this post here.)

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