Sky News journo tweets deceptively edited shooting video

On Friday at around 4:00 p.m., a Palestinian in the West Bank town of Huwara tried to enter an Israeli car and attack the driver.  The terrorist spotted Border Police officers nearby, and stabbed one of them in the face (see photo below). Another officer tried to arrest the terrorist, who then tried to grab the officer’s gun.  Fearing for his life, the officer shot and killed the terrorist.

At 4:30 p.m., about 40 minutes after the incident, Mohammed el-Kurd, an anti-Israel propagandist from east Jerusalem, tweeted 23 seconds of the “execution” video, showing just the shooting but not the fight and attempt to steal the weapon.

(As our readers likely know, El-Kurd, a overtly antisemitic and pro-terror activist, has a history of circulating such deceptive videos.)

At 6:09 p.m., that same deceptively edited video was tweeted by Husam Zomlot, the head of the Palestinian Mission to the UK.

At around 6:15 p.m., the Israeli Police put out a statement and twitter thread on the incident:

At 8:08 p.m., nearly two hours after the Israeli Police statement and tweet, Sky News US correspondent Mark Stone – previously their Middle East correspondent – quote tweeted Zomlot, along with another angle of the shooting in a second tweet which also omitted the events prior to the shooting.

At 8:28 p.m., former IDF spokesperson Peter Lerner responded to Stone’s tweet, showing the Sky journalist the full unedited video.

At 8:43 p.m – two and a half hours after the Israeli Police statement – Stone finally tweeted full video by Lerner.

However, it wasn’t merely a “response” by Lerner. It was proof that the video Stone circulated to his 73,000 followers represented a lie – a clip intentionally edited to falsely suggest that the Israeli soldier ‘executed’ a Palestinian for no reason.

During Stone’s previously stint as Middle East reporter, we revealed that he at times showed a similar to rush to judgement against Israel, failing to temper his visceral reactions to violent incidents with enough due diligence to accurately verify the actual sequence of events.  He also once evoked an antisemitic trope about the ‘root cause’ of antisemitism, in a tweet he subsequently was forced to delete.

We similarly call upon Stone to delete the initial deceptively edited video he tweeted of Friday’s terror incident, and apologise for the error.

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