Agence France Presse (AFP) reported on a terror attack this morning in which an Israeli policeman was stabbed in Jerusalem by a Palestinian man shouting “Allahu Akbar”. The terrorist was shot and killed by other officers on the scene.
Here’s how the AFP report was framed by Yahoo News:
The Daily Mail used an identical headline while publishing the AFP report:
Now, here’s how the Guardian framed it in their headline and strap line – again, using the same AFP report:
So, not only did Guardian editors lead with the death of the terrorists in the headline, they added a strap line which focused on the number of Palestinians killed in “the latest wave of violence”.
Of course, the “wave of violence” they’re referring to is a string of 119 Palestinian attacks on Israelis since Oct. 1. Of the 99 Palestinians killed during this time, most (as the article itself ultimately acknowledges) have been the “alleged perpetrators of stabbing, shooting and car ramming attacks”. Almost all the other Palestinians “killed during this time” were killed during violent, Palestinian-led clashes.
Contrary to the implications of such headlines and euphemisms, there has not been a “cycle of violence”. There has been a surge of Palestinian terror targeting Jews – a campaign of antisemitic violence legitimized and often encouraged by the Palestinian Authority.
You’d be hard pressed to find an example of terror in world – outside of Israel – where mainstream media outlets prioritize the fate of the perpetrators over that of their victims.