Earlier, we came across an Indy headline in a report about the Palestinian riots taking place in east Jerusalem over the death of a Palestinian teen who many believe may have been the victim of a revenge attack. (Note, Elder of Ziyon and Harry’s Place also posted on this earlier.)
We then emailed Indy editors to ask about the strange wording. Specifically, we asked if the first three words (Israel murdered teenagers) indicate the topic of the article, as in “regarding the murdered Israeli teenagers…”, or, rather, if it was supposed to support the theory that the Palestinian teen in question – 16-year-old Muhammad Abu Khdeir – was in fact murdered by an Israeli in a nationalist attack.
An Indy editor replied and told us that it was meant to convey the former, and wasn’t intended to suggest that the Palestinian was definitely killed in a revenge attack by an Israeli.
Then, Elder noted that that they tweaked the headline to this, merely changing “Israel” to “Israeli”, and making it equally unclear.
More recently, they changed it again, to something more understandable.
Whilst UK media coverage of the Palestinian teen’s death has thus far been extremely one-sided in embracing the yet unproven theory that he was murdered in revenge, we’re at least glad that the Indy headline in question no longer suggests that this is a proven fact.
Update: Harry’s Place also contacted Indy editors over the original headline.
- CiF Watch prompts 2nd Guardian correction to claim the murdered teens were ‘settlers’ (cifwatch.com)
- CiF Watch prompts correction to Guardian characterization of abducted boys as ‘teen settlers’ (cifwatch.com)
- CiF Watch prompts Indy correction to claim that abducted teens were ‘settlers’ (cifwatch.com)