UK Media Watch prompts Telegraph correction to Jerusalem bus bombing claim

An article by Raf Sanchez in the Telegraph on the terror attack in Jerusalem on Monday (Jerusalem bus bomb – at least 20 injured in explosion, April 19th). The article included the claim that “the explosion was the first time a bomb has been used against Israeli civilians in the current wave of violence, which began in October”.

Here’s a snapshot of the original claim via a Google search.


This is extremely misleading.

Whilst there have been numerous attempted firebomb attacks on Israeli civilians during the latest wave of violence (as well as thwarted attacks involving pipe bombs), several ‘successful’ attacks have occurred as well. On Nov. 26th, an Israeli man was injured when his car was hit by a firebomb on Route 443. On Oct. 23rd, an Israeli couple and their three small children were injured in a firebombing attack on their car near the settlement of Beit El.

The charred baby seat of a 4-year-old girl who was wounded when the car she was traveling in was hit with a firebomb hurled by Palestinian terrorists. (IDF)

We contacted Telegraph editors and complained about the claim. They agreed that it was misleading and removed the sentence in question from the online edition of the article. 

We commend editors on the speedy correction.

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