A great contrast in priorities was on display at the Independent in editorial decisions involving two articles published yesterday.
Last night, they published a full report on an incident in the West Bank in which a few Israeli soldiers taunted and disrupted a Palestinian journalist as she was “reporting on what she describes as Israel’s ‘racist policy’ of collective punishment.” (See video here)
The Indy explained that an IDF spokesperson rebuked the soldiers, saying the video “depicts combat soldiers behaving in a way unbecoming of IDF soldiers.
However, most observers would be aware of another far more serious incident which occurred yesterday afternoon in Jerusalem involving a Palestinian terrorist who rammed his car into a crowded bus stop, inuring more than 12, including a baby. Following the ramming, the terrorist evidently intended to attack more Israelis with an ax, but was shot by police before he could get out of his car.
In contrast to their coverage of the incident involving a taunting of one Palestinians journalist, Indy editors relegated the Jerusalem terror attack to two sentences in the final paragraphs of an unrelated story about comments by Israel’s Defense Minister about the NGO Breaking the Silence.
(Regarding the baby who, the Indy noted, needed surgery: surgeons were actually trying to save the baby’s leg, and there are unconfirmed reports this morning that it had to be amputated.)
Despite the fact that, since October, Palestinian stabbings, car-rammings and shootings have occurred nearly every day, the Indy hasn’t published a stand-alone article on a terror attack since Nov. 23.
- Most Palestinians want war on Israel (thetimes.co.uk)