Guardian omits terror affiliation of slain Palestinian teen

An article in the Guardian, via Agence France-Presse, (“Israeli forces kill 14-year-old Palestinian boy in West Bank”, Jan. 17), begins thusly:

Israeli forces have killed a Palestinian boy near Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank, where the army said they opened fire after people threw molotov cocktails.

Omar Khmour, 14, was shot in the head early on Monday in the Dheisheh refugee camp in the southern West Bank and “succumbed to his wounds”, the Palestinian ministry said.

The Israeli military said troops opened fire after “suspects hurled rocks, explosive devices and molotov cocktails at the soldiers”.

However, the article fails to note that Khmour was affiliated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a fact proudly noted by the the (proscribed) terrorist group itself.

Further, photos circulated by WAFA, the PA’s official news site, clearly show the PFLP flag wrapped around his body.

Interestingly, the Guardian/AFP article actual cites WAFA as one of its sources for the story, but fails to note the same outlet’s photo of the teen with a PFLP flag.

Moreover, the article confounds the omission when it observes that Khmour “is the second boy killed in Dheisheh during an Israeli military incursion so far this month”.  In fact, as we demonstrated in a previous post, he’s the second PFLP affiliated teen killed this month.

The other teen they’re likely alluding to, Adam Essam Shaker Ayyad, killed during clashes with the IDF on Jan. 3, can be seen here, buried with a PFLP flag.

Finally, we carefully read the original AFP article, and found a sentence that Guardian editors chose not to include:

His body was wrapped in a red and white keffiyeh scarf and a Palestinian flag, before being carried by militants from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).

The exploitation of minors by terror groups is, sadly, a common phenomenon in the Palestinian territories, one which British media outlets like the Guardian seem to go out of their way to ignore.

We’ve complained to Guardian editors about the omission.

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  1. says: Neil C

    The Grauniad is just a racist rag with similar aims to BBC news Middle East reporters, denigrate Israel at all costs and never tell the truth about an incident. Of course these ‘children’ attend ‘summer camps’ every single year from the age of four or five to train how to attack, kill and avoid capture when attacking Israeli citizens, but nobody including the Grauniad think this is unusual, nor is it ever reported by the media to avoid embarrassment to both Palestinians and Islam. Child brainwashing is contrary to the human rights and welfare of the child, but the antisemitic European Court of Human Rights has conveniently ignored such blatant abuses of children since its inception #journalismisdead #defundthebbc

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