A Bloody Weekend

The brutal murder of 13-year-old Hallel Yaffa Ariel (HY’D) on Thursday morning was only the start of a particularly bloody weekend. Later that day, in Netanya, another “Palestinian” terrorist, this time from Tulkarm, stabbed two Israeli civilians in the vicinity of the seaside town’s central market, moderately wounding a man in his forties and a woman in her sixties. The terrorist was shot and killed by an armed civilian who was present at the scene.

The following day, Friday, a “Palestinian” terrorist gang armed with guns, carried out a drive-by shooting on Highway 60. They overtook a car in which the Mark family was driving, and opened fire on it. In the hail of bullets which followed, Rabbi Michael Mark, who was driving, suffered gunshot wounds and lost control of the car, which overturned. When paramedics arrived on the scene, there was nothing for them to do but declare him dead. His wife, Chava, was seriously wounded and is not yet out of danger. Their 14-year-old daughter sustained a gunshot wound to the stomach and was rushed to hospital in serious condition, but is now stable. Their 15-year-old son was moderately to lightly injured and has since been discharged from hospital.

Rabbi Mark, who was 48 years old at the time of his murder, was the director of the yeshiva (Torah seminary) in Otniel and the father of ten children. The murderers have not yet been caught.

How did the international media react to this outrage?

Well, the Daily Telegraph gave us:
“Israel stops Palestinian movement in parts of West Bank after rabbi killed in shooting attack”
Thus, the many casual readers who never get past the headline are not told that this was a terrorist attack. Indeed, the first piece of information they are given is that Israel is again limiting the movement of the poor, downtrodden “Palestinians”. The next few paragraphs are devoted to the number of “Palestinians” whose movements are going to be curtailed, while just one sentence is devoted to the actual murder. “An Israeli rabbi was shot dead in front of his children and his wife was badly injured on Friday…”
Only after criticising the “collective punishment” being supposedly imposed on the “Palestinians” does the reporter, Raf Sanchez, get round to describing the actual attack.

The BBC (no surprises here) also focussed on the Israeli response with:
“Israel seals off Hebron after surge of attacks”.
Only after describing Israel’s counter-terror measures  are we told the cause of these measures, in a single line: “It comes after an Israeli man was killed and his wife and two children wounded after their car was fired on near the Jewish settlement of Otniel.”
Nowhere is this described as a terrorist attack, nor does the BBC give any inkling of who carried it out.

The New York Times  headline also gives prominence to the Israeli response, with:
“Israel Imposes Restrictions in West Bank After Attacks”.
And, while it is true that the actual report begins with the words “After two deadly attacks by Palestinians against Israeli civilians in the occupied West Bank in two days…“, (thus subliminally implying that the “occupation” justifies attacks on civilians), the next few paragraphs detail the Israeli counter-terror measures and comments on their alleged harshness, before we finally get to a few lines describing the attack itself. Of course, nowhere is the word “terrorist” used. The New York Times prefers to call the murderers “gunmen”.

I can’t find anything on CNN yet.


About Shimona from the Palace

Born in London, the UK, I came on Aliyah in my teens and now live in Jerusalem, where I practice law. I am a firm believer in the words of Albert Schweitzer: "There are two means of refuge from the sorrows of this world - Music and Cats." To that, you can add Literature. To curl up on the sofa with a good book, a cat at one's feet and another one on one's lap, with a classical symphony or concerto in the background - what more can a person ask for?
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2 Responses to A Bloody Weekend

  1. CATachresis says:

    Over the years I reckon we have all had our views formed by skewed reporting! Why can’t they just say it as it is? Most people will not do in depth checking of facts, they will just scan headlines and thus this is now how judgements are made!

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