The headline, photo caption and opening paragraph of that report all tell readers of an “attack on a car” even though the targets of that terror attack were obviously people rather than the vehicle in which they were travelling.
Photo caption: “The car was hit by gunfire from a passing vehicle was [sic] it drove along a highway”
Opening paragraph: “An Israeli woman has been killed and a man seriously wounded in a suspected Palestinian shooting attack on a car near Hebron in the occupied West Bank.”
Despite telling readers that “Two dozen bullets were reportedly fired from a passing vehicle” the BBC’s report predictably does not describe the incident as terrorism. The sole mention of the word terror comes in a quote added to the report some four and a half hours after its initial publication.
“Later, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the scene and said Israel was “in the midst of a terror attack” that was “encouraged, guided, funded by Iran and its satellite states”.”
Using a “said to be” qualification which was known to be unnecessary by the time the report was published, Gritten tells his readers that:
“The woman has been named as Batsheva Nigri. A girl who was also in the car, said to be her daughter, was unharmed. […]
The first three versions of the report stated:
Ms Nigri was a mother of three and nursery teacher who lived in Beit Hagai, according to Israeli media.
She and her six-year-old daughter had hitched a ride to their home from the man driving the car, reports said.”
Ms Nigri’s daughter – Shirel – is twelve years old rather than six. That error was corrected in a fourth version of the report published over 24 hours after its initial appearance and a footnote was added. While the child was not physically injured during the attack, it is highly unlikely that she was “unharmed” after seeing her mother shot to death.
Gritten considered it appropriate to provide amplification for a statement from a terrorist organisation designated by the UK.
“The Palestinian militant group Hamas praised the attack, calling it a “natural response” to Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank.”
The later versions of the report do not inform BBC audiences that Fatah’s Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades claimed responsibility for the attack or that Hamas later also took credit for murdering the unarmed nursery teacher and trying to kill two additional civilians.
In the later part of his report Gritten promotes redundant equivalence between Palestinian terror attacks on civilians and casualties during counter-terrorism operations.
“Meanwhile, the Palestinian health ministry said six Palestinians were shot and wounded by Israeli forces in the village of Beita, in the northern West Bank. One person who was hit in the head was in a critical condition in hospital, it added.
A video circulated online appeared to show a man being shot in the back of the head while he runs away from Israeli troops.”
“A Border Police spokesman told The Times of Israel that while officers had operated in Beita to detain a wanted Palestinian man, a “violent riot developed.”
During the riot, which “greatly endangered the lives of the troops,” Palestinians hurled cinderblocks and stones at the Yamas officers, the spokesman said.”
“It comes amid another spike in violence in the West Bank.
On Saturday, an Israeli man and his son were shot dead by a suspected Palestinian gunman at a car wash near the northern village of Huwara.
On Friday, Israeli forces shot a 15-year-old Palestinian boy in the head in occupied East Jerusalem, leaving him seriously wounded. Police alleged he had tried to throw a petrol bomb during a raid in the Silwan area.
Elsewhere that day, video showed an apparently unarmed Palestinian man said to suffer from mental health problems being shot in the leg by Israeli troops during a protest near Israel’s separation barrier in Qalqilya.”
The August 18th incident in Silwan was described by Ha’aretz as follows:
“Two Palestinians were shot by Israeli police officers in two separate incidents on Friday night in East Jerusalem and are in serious condition.
According to police, the two tried to attack officers before being shot. They were taken to receive medical treatment.
In the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, a 15-year-old was shot after trying to throw a firebomb at border police officers who were operating in the neighborhood, police say.”
The incident in Qalqilya – which is also under investigation – was reported by the Times of Israel:
“The Israel Defense Forces said the incident occurred on Friday afternoon amid a riot in the West Bank barrier area, during which several suspects attempted to damage the fence, hurled stones and Molotov cocktails at forces, and set tires on fire.
The military said forces used riot dispersal means and live fire in the air to disperse the suspects from the security barrier.”
Gritten’s assertion that the wounded man was “said to suffer from mental health problems” appears to be based on claims from Palestinian sources.
In the final paragraph of his report, Gritten tells readers that:
“There have been dozens of Israeli army raids into Palestinian cities this year as well as violence by Israeli settlers targeting Palestinian homes and Palestinian attacks on Israelis.”
As has been the case in previous BBC reporting, Gritten fails to clarify that it is those Palestinian attacks that the BBC refuses to name as terror that make the IDF counter-terrorism operations that he describes as “raids” necessary.