Telegraph erases terrorists from Nablus battle

A Feb. 24 Telegraph article (“Israel approves 7,000 West Bank settlement homes in largest single expansion”), co-written by Middle East correspondents Campbell MacDiarmid and James Rothwell, includes the following:

The planned [settlement] construction is likely to add to already heightened tensions following an Israeli military raid that killed 11 Palestinians in the West Bank city of Nablus on Wednesday.

Omitted is the fact that the “raid” was an operation to arrest three wanted terrorists who had previously been involved in carrying out shooting attacks and who were planning to carry out additional attacks in the near future.  Telegraph readers also aren’t informed that 6 of the 11 Palestinians killed were members of the Lion’s Den terrorist group, as noted by BBC and other major outlets, citing a post on the group’s own Telegram page.

Another Palestinian killed during the Nablus operation wa also likely a terrorist, and can be seen in this tweet (on the right) armed and standing next to one of the Lion’s Den members killed in the operation.

The omission is important in that it erases Palestinain actions from the explanation of why “tensions” in Israel and the Palestinian territories have been hightening – representing yet another example of the erasuse of Palestinian agency that’s ubiquitous within the British media.

We’ve complained to the Telegraph asking for a correction.

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