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CiF Watch prompts correction at ‘The Independent’ to Omar Misharawi story


correctionsOn March 13, we posted a round-up of how the major British papers responded to new revelations regarding the death of Omar Misharawi (the 11-month old son of journalist Jihad Mishrawi) during the Gaza war.

Misharawi’s death was widely attributed to an Israeli missile, but a recent UN report demonstrated that the boy was most likely killed by an errant Palestinian rocket.

We reviewed the Guardian, The Telegraph, Daily Mail, The Spectator, The Sun, The Times and The Independent.

Since that post, we’ve been in contact with the papers which hadn’t already published a retraction (or a new story) based on the recent news about Misharawi’s death, and, as a result of our communication with The Independent (as well as emails by a concerned reader) they’ve added additional text to their Nov. 15 report by Amol Rajan, ‘11-month old son of BBC picture editor is killed in Gaza‘.

The report, which had originally attributed the boy’s death to Israeli fire, now includes the following before the opening passage of the report:

A report of 6 March by the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights concluded that the death of Omar Masharawi was the result of “what appeared to be a Palestinian rocket that fell short of Israel” .

Additionally, shortly after our correspondence with the Daily Mail over their Nov. 15 report on the death of Misharawi, which similarly blamed Israel for the boy’s death, they added the following bullet above the text:

The BBC Arabic employee’s son Omar was killed in Gaza by an airstrike, probably a Palestinian rocket that fell short of Israel

We appreciate the prompt response by editors at both The Indy and Daily Mail.

Of the papers we reviewed, The SunThe Telegraph, and The Times  haven’t, thus far, issued a retraction or published a new story in light of the new information.

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  1. What they should do is run an entirely new story with the same prominence as the first titled “We Rushed to Judgement, Hamas Rocket not Israel killed Omar Misharawi”

  2. This story is a joke. The crucial point is that Israelis kill Palestinian children on a regular basis, not least during the Gaza incursion (to call it a ‘war’ is to imply some sort of balance of forces). On one occasion news reports (generally) got the cause of death wrong. A published correction would be appropriate but to make this issue some sort of moral crusade is just ridiculous.

    • You missed out the bit about baking matzo with their blood. And poisoning wells that Palestinian children drink from. And spreading the plague.

    • This case was just an example of the usual Palesitnian lies which most of the media and people like you prefer to belive. The examples are many and if you want i’ll write them in detail. The same way you say that Israeli kill Palestianin children on a regulat basis with no real proof.
      cba is right you just continue with the same blood liable jews sufferd for generation. Difference is that at least now Jews are not getting massacared for it.

      • “you say that Israeli kill Palestianin children on a regulat basis with no real proof.”

        OK, here are the figures according to B’Tselem:

        Palestinian minors killed by Israeli security forces in the Occupied Territories:

        2003 – 119
        2004 – 181
        2005 – 49
        2006 – 139
        2007 – 51
        2008 – 128
        2009 – 314
        2010 – 9
        2011 – 13
        2012 (Jan to Jun) – 6

        http://www.btselem.org/statistics/fatalities/any/by-date-of-event/wb-gaza/palestinian-minors-killed-by-israeli-security-forces

        Is that regular enough for you? Or are you simply going to ‘shoot the messenger’ and call B’Tselem a liar?

        • “minor” = “under 18”

          So a 16- or 17-year-old killed while firing RPGs (for example) is included in this figures.

          As are people like the little girl standing on her apartment balcony during a funeral who got hit with a bullet… clearly that was because of an Israeli sniper (wearing a cloaking device so he was undetected in the middle of Gaza) shot her, and not because of any of the bullets being fired in the air during the funeral.

          And Omar Misharawi is far from the only victim of Gaza rockets falling short.

          So yes, the death of any child is very sad, and I certainly wish that no children (Palestinian or Israeli)–or any truly innocent bystander, come to that–were killed in the conflict. However, Israel has the lowest bystander-to-“militant” ratio of any current conflict (certainly way lower than Britain’s in Afghanistan).

        • And were does Btselem get its statistic from?
          I just hope they didn;t include the syrian dead girl who palestinain said was form Gaza

          • “And were does Btselem get its statistic from?
            I just hope they didn;t include the syrian dead girl who palestinain said was form Gaza”
            It gives me no pleasure to say this, but I wouldn’t put it past them.

        • How frequently do the Gazzans use children as pawns in lethal games?
          How frequently do they send them to attacl troops and test the forces response?
          How many of those figures you gave have been around terrorists or combatants?
          how many of those were carrying arms or were in the vacinity of weapon / explosives stock piles?
          How many were over 15?
          How many were killed in cross fire?
          And finaly how many were actualy killed by Palestinians but misreported as killed by Israelis?

        • Sencar

          Have Palestinians uder 18 died in the struggle between Israel and the Palestinians? Of course they have. Were some of them killed directly by the action of Israeli soldiers? Of course they were. Is this a crying shame? Of course it is.

          Were some of these actively involved in acts of aggression against Israelis (soldiers and civilians)? Of course they were.
          Do Hamas and others routinely use their own people (including children) as human shields? Of course they do.
          Do the figures you have provided lump together innocent toddlers with 16-17 year-olds with military training and engaged in active combat? Of course they do.
          Does the use of the word “children” in all these cases evoke an image of an innocent toddler rather than an armed 16-17 year-old? Of course it does.
          Do the figures include some children not killed by the action of Israeli security forces? Of course they do.
          Isn’t it inevitable that some civilians will be killed in a violent armed struggle? Of course it is.
          Doesn’t Israel have one of the best records in recorded history in minimising civilian:combatant casualty ratios? Of course it does.
          Does Israel have any record of deliberately targetting children (as is implied by your allegation that “Israelis kill Palestinian children on a regular basis”)? Of course they don’t.
          Do the Palestinians have a track record of deliberately targetting Israeli families and children? Of course they do.

          Isn’t ALL of this a crying shame? Of course it is.

        • To the extent that these figures include real kids and not just terrorist cannon fodder in action , all of them have been killed by Hamas and its allies and not just because they use them as shields. They also kill them direct and outright just as they did Omar Misharawi.

          How many of those overwrought reports from the Guardian and the rest during Operation Cast Lead and the Second Intifada about shot or blasted children were really about kids shot or blasted by “Palestinians”? We will never know and you can be absolutely certain the Western media will never look beyond what they are told.

          I say the majority of them. The IDF are skilled and takes care to avoid civilian casualties. “Palestinian” fighters are nothing more than very experienced gangsters and care not at all about these lives and say so. Indeed a dead kid is useful if there is a photo op. Who do you honestly think is outright responsible for most of the dead and maimed children?

    • On one occasion news reports (generally) got the cause of death wrong.
      Exactly and this is the important part of the message. The death of the kid has been caused a rocket launched by Hamas at Israeli. In order to prevent the mass killing of Israelis and the IDF bombed the Hamas launching sites and infrastructure hidden among civilians. Every reasonable person (the kind of card-carrying Jew haters like sencar are not included) will agree that no government would tolerate the incessant launching of rockets at its territory by its neighbor and any casualties and damage is the responsibility of the attacker. Naturally the so called “pro-Palestinians” and “anti-Zionists” agree that the right to protect their population and territory is not to be granted to Jews but their opinion has the relevance of a papillon fart in a hurricane. Accusing Jews of being child killers is an age old habit of different kind of losers. Before the establishment of Israel this behavior and rhetoric led to pogroms, mass deportations of Jews and finally the Holocaust, but today it is only pathetic and laughable crap. Sorry sencar but today your and your kind of wannabe Streichers’ efforts are in vain. Try to live with this (for you certainly sad) fact…

    • “This story is a joke.” You are a joke. A bad one, but a joke nevertheless.

      The crucial point is that Palestinians try to kill Israelis, whom they usually refer to as “the Jews.” And they glorify this call to murder and mayhem as well as glorify those that heed this call.
      “…not least during the Gaza incursion (to call it a ‘war’ is to imply some sort of balance of forces).”
      Again, you are a joke. There’s nothing to the idea that there is something called “balance of forces” in order for there to be a war. How do you come up with this comedy?
      “On one occasion news reports (generally) got the cause of death wrong. A published correction would be appropriate but to make this issue some sort of moral crusade is just ridiculous.” Only one occasion? You have me rolling in the isle.
      Read and learn, if you’re capable:
      http://libertyunyielding.com/2013/03/18/oops-the-idf-didnt-kill-baby-mashrawi-and-other-things-that-didnt-happen-during-pillar-of-defense/

    • More blood libel
      “Israelis kill Palestinian children on a regular basis”
      What a mioserable person Sencar must be.

    • Have you been keeping compnay with Michael White, he who claimed on the BBC that in Israel they murder each other a great deal?

      Ask yourself instead why Palestinian children are put in danger by Hamas? This may jog your memory

  3. I addition to the overall statistics of Palestinian minors killed by Israeli security forces in the Occupied Territories, which I quote above, B’Tselem give a detailed breakdown of infividual cases here:
    http://www.btselem.org/statistics/fatalities/after-cast-lead/by-date-of-event/wb-gaza/palestinian-minors-killed-by-israeli-security-forces

    My summary of these shows that of the 37 cases since Cast Lead upto mid-2012:

    – 24 victims were not engaged in any sort of hostilities
    – 2 were demonstrating
    – 2 were throwing stones
    – 3 were throwing petrol bombs
    – 2 used guns
    – 3 were involved with bombs or rockets
    – 1 was with a companion who used a knife.

    So no RPGs, cba.

    5 were under 10, 14 between 10 and 15 and 18 were 16 or 17. So, about half were 16 or 17, but of these 9 were amongst the ‘not engaged in any sort of hostilities’ category.

    To answer your point, Fritz, during the same period just 4 Israeli minors were killed by Palestinians.

  4. – 3 were involved with bombs or rockets
    And “RPG” stands for… ?? (If you don’t know, you can check with AcryonmFinder.com)

    • A small point,cba, but 2 of the 3 were firing missiles into Israel and the third setting an explosive by the wall. So still no RPGs.

        • No answer, Fritz, to the fact that numerous Palestinian children are killed by the IDF with no evidence that they are involved in even passive resistance to Israeli occupation? See my figures above. Just imagine for a moment the outrage that would follow if they were Israeli Jews.

          • You mean that the IDF kills terrorists of minor age?
            The adress the terror organisations Hamas, PFLP, Islamic Djihad and so on which send them as martyrs.
            Or are you at friendly terms with them?

            Some of your show cases illuminating the falsehoods

            “2012
            June
            Muhammad Bassam Shukri Abu Mu’eiliq
            16 year-old, resident of al-Musadar, Deir al-Balah district, killed on 19 Jun 2012 next to al-Musadar, Deir al-Balah district, by gunfire shell fired from a tank. Did not participate in hostilities Additional information: Killed while trying to enter Israel together with two other young men, one of whom was also killed.”

            “Killed while trying to enter Israel… ” tells all about an averted terror attack which B´Tselem obviously considers as not participating.

            “2011
            December
            Ramadan Bahajat Ramadan a-Za’lan
            9 year-old, resident of Gaza city, killed on 09 Dec 2011 next to Gaza city, by gunfire missile fired from a Aircraft. Did not participate in hostilities Additional information: His house was destroyed when a missile struck an adjacent building in which ammunition was stored, which increased the intensity of the explosion. He and his father were killed as a result of the strike.”

            Killed as a result of the strike? No, because of the ammunition stored in civil areas by terrorists, B`Tselem and you are propagating lies.

      • No, sencar. The small point is your citing of these unfortunate yet small number of victims in an illegal war of aggression declared by their own leaders against the legally constituted neighboring state of Israel with the intention of illegally annihilating it and taking it over. Compared with other recent conflicts around the M.E. and the world it’s clear that the casualty rate inflicted by Israel’s armed forces is among the lowest in percentage in terms of civilians to combatants as well as in absolute numbers. So why are you playing this phony baloney numbers game?
        This is blaming the victim.

        • “So why are you playing this phony baloney numbers game?”

          Because my statement that “Israelis kill Palestinian children on a regular basis” was challenged and then when I gave the figures it was suggested that the ‘children’ were actually all 17 year old terrorists. Israelis DO kill Palestinian children on a regular basis, many of the victims are pre-adolescent and most are killed when acting in a completely innocent fashion. The data I quoted was all post Cast Lead so the deaths were not associated with significant conflict. If Cast Lead deaths had been included the picture would have been much worse.

          The fact that other armies in the region behave in a more murderous manner is irrelevant and in no way justifies the casually brutal approach of the IDF towards Palestinian lives.

          • sencar – Nobody is denying that some innocent Palestinian children have died and that some have been “killed by Israelis” as you put it. Each of those deaths is a tragedy. But that does not offer the full picture. I refer you to my post above for a fuller idea of why “Israelis kill Palestinian children on a regular basis” is a sickening and ridiculously biased way of putting the situation.

            You could also say, for example, “Spurs regularly beat Arsenal”. They do (occasionally) beat Arsenal, and you could (if you were really sick) list all the dates on which this abomination has occured. But that would hardly give an accurate picture of the relative strength of the two clubs.

            It would, for example, ignore the facts that Spurs haven’t won the League since 1961, that Arsenal have won it 6 times since then (including twice at White Hart Lane) and finished above Spurs every season since 1994.

              • I’m glad you feel better, Labenal. I have to say that your football analogy doesn’t really work for me, but no doubt you had fun putting it together.

                I’ve dealt with your points about the ages and involvement in violence of the minors in the sample already. One or two other matters:

                “Do the figures include some children not killed by the action of Israeli security forces? Of course they do.”
                No they don’t actually, as you’ll see if you refer to the B’tselem data I quoted.

                “Isn’t it inevitable that some civilians will be killed in a violent armed struggle? Of course it is.”
                As I pointed out the figures are from a relatively peaceful period and (to repeat) most of the victims were just going about their daily lives.

                “Does Israel have any record of deliberately targetting children (as is implied by your allegation that “Israelis kill Palestinian children on a regular basis”)? Of course they don’t.”

                Yes they do. There are many recorded examples of this behaviour. Take this example of neutral testimony:
                “The Swedish “Save the Children” organization estimated that “23,600 to 29,900 children required medical treatment for their beating injuries in the first two years of the [first] intifida,” with nearly one‐third sustaining broken bones. Nearly one‐third of the beaten children were aged ten and under. It also states that 6,500 to 8,000 children were wounded by gunfire during the first two years of the Intifada. Researchers investigated 66 of the 106 recorded cases of “child gunshot deaths.” They concluded that: almost all of them “were hit by directed ‐‐ not random or ricochet ‐‐ gunfire”; nearly twenty percent suffered multiple gunshot wounds; twelve percent were shot from behind; fifteen percent of the children were ten years of age or younger; “most children were not participating in a stone‐throwing demonstration when shot dead”; and “nearly one‐fifth of the children were shot dead while at home or within ten meters of their homes.”
                I can give you many other examples if you want them.

          • When you say “on a regular basis” it implies that it is planned and systematic. It was rightly challenged.
            One could as easily claim that Palestinians DO kill Israeli children on a regular basis, many of the victims are pre-adolescent and all were killed when acting in a completely innocent fashion. Of course, unless you think eating pizza is a crime against humanity.