Euronews fails miserably in report on home demolition

A Jan. 2 video report at Euronews, misleadingly titled “Israel destroys homes of two Palestinians in occupied West Bank”, fails miserably at reporting the IDF demolition of terrorists’ homes in the West Bank village of Kafr Dan.

First, the video embedded in the Euronews article, with no commentary or text, merely shows the demolition, and reactions by Palestinians – with no context on why the homes were demolished.

Here’s the accompanying text added by Euronews editors:

Israeli forces have destroyed the house of Abdul Rahman Hani Subhi Abed, in Kafr Dan, near Jenin in the occupied West Bank. The 22-year-old was killed in September by an Israeli soldier during a wave of recent deadly unrest.

Ahmed Ayman Ibrahim Abed, a 23-year-old, was also killed in September.

And Israeli forces also demolished his home. The demolition is part of Israel’s controversial practice of destroying the homes of Palestinian accused of deadly attacks.

As with the headline and video, obfuscated is the fact that the IDF destroyed the Palestinian homes as punishment for the actions of the two occupants, Abdul Rahman Hani Subhi Abed and Ahmed Ayman Ibrahim Abed.  In September, the two – the latter of whom was an officer in the PA security services – ambushed and killed and Israeli soldier, Maj. Bar Falah, 30.  Falah and other soldiers were attempting to arrest the pair, who were suspected of planning a terror attack.

The fact that the two suspected terrorists were also killed later in the same battle – noted prominently by Euronews – is not relevant to the demolition of their homes.

Though the final paragraph alludes to the reason why the homes were destroyed, their failure to clearly connect the events described in the first and last paragraphs, along with the misleading headline and video, results in an extremely confusing report.

We’ve asked Euronews editors to amend the text to make the sequence of events more clear.

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