ITV obfuscates reason why Palestinian girls were shot by Israeli police in Jerusalem

Palestinian propaganda since the latest wave of terror attacks against Israeli Jews has been conspiratorial in nature, suggesting that innocent Palestinians have been "executed" by police, who then plant knives at the scene to cover up their crimes. Though most mainstream media outlets haven't accepted this narrative, it is becoming common to see report which give credibility to Palestinian claims that Israeli police and security personnel have been using 'excessive force' when responding to such terror attacks.

h/t Sussex Friends of Israel

Palestinian propaganda since the latest wave of terror attacks against Israeli Jews has been conspiratorial in nature, suggesting that innocent Palestinians have been summarily “executed” by police, who then proceed to plant knives at the scene to cover up their crimes.  Though most mainstream media outlets haven’t accepted this narrative, credibility is often given to claims that Israeli security personnel have been using ‘excessive force’ when responding to terror attacks. 

An ITV News segment on the latest stabbing attack, by two teenage Palestinian girls at the Mahane Yehuda market in Jerusalem, takes this message a bit further, by focusing entirely on the police response while nearly erasing the attack – on a 70-year-old man – which preceded it.

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ITV text below still shot: “CCTV footage of the event has raised questions over the level of force used by police”.

Here’s the ITV presenter’s opening to the video:

In the center of Jerusalem, two Palestinian girls have taken scissors out of their school bags and they started to wield the blade in the air. In a city which has seen so many stabbing attacks in recent weeks, the armed response takes moments. The armed man confronts one of the girls and shoots her with his pistol before moving on to the other girl and shooting her multiple times. Then he returns to the first girl and appears to shoot her again.

The video then pivots to an extremely short statement by Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld – an incomplete addition to the opening of the video, and one which still fails to make clear that the police shooting of the teens took place after the girls had stabbed a 70-year-old (Palestinian) man.  

The report, by ITV’s Middle East correspondent Geraint Vincent, then focuses on broader Palestinian complaints that Israeli police have been using excessive force – an argument given more legitimacy to viewers in the context of the serious omission regarding the sequence of events in Jerusalem presented in the beginning of their clip.

The report then claims that many Palestinian attacks have been carried out in response to ‘excessive force’ by police, and concludes by weaving in these ‘attacks and counter-attacks’ in a context which suggests the latest wave of Palestinian terror represents merely another ‘cycle of violence’.

In addition to the misleading video, the accompanying text on their website (which accompanies the video) similarly misleads as it notes the number of Palestinians killed in the latest wave of attacks, while failing to note the Israelis have been killed during this time.  Here are the relevant final passages of the report:

Soon after the event a Palestinian stabbed and killed an Israeli at a petrol station in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

In another incident a Palestinian was shot dead near the West Bank city of Nablus after approaching soldiers with a knife, the military said.

Eighty-six Palestinians have been killed in the spate of violence since October 1, some while carrying out attacks and others in clashes with Israeli forces.

We’ve contacted ITV editors to seek a correction to the omission in their web report, and an explanation on the video’s egregious lack of clarity on the reason why police shot the two Palestinian teens in the first place.

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