Telegraph fails to note that abducted Jewish teens were murdered

The Telegraph’s 2014 World News Review of the biggest stories in politics and culture included international news stories such as the disappearance of flight MH370, the crisis in Ukraine, the bloody march of ISIS jihadists and, of course, the war between Israel and Hamas.  

year in review

Interestingly, while there wasn’t a word devoted to the carnage in Syria (save a passing reference to ISIS control of parts of the war-torn country), out of 238 total words in the Telegraph’s introduction to their year-in-review page, 60 words (25% of the total) were devoted to Gaza.

Here’s the paragraph on Gaza.


Additionally, as you can see, Telegraph editors forgot to note that the teens (Naftali Frenkel and Gilad Shaar, both aged 16, and 19-year-old Eyal Yifrach) were murdered by terrorists shortly after their abduction.

Finally, when you open the Gaza section in the main Year in Review page you may notice one other glaring error:


In addition to the fact that the section erases important context regarding the incessant rocket fire from Gaza in the days following the boys’ murder (rocket fire which motivated Israel’s government to eventually launch Operation Protective Edge), The Telegraph erroneously claims that the three abductees were actually Palestinian.

Whilst conflating Palestinians with Israelis (in the passage cited above) likely represents an innocent error, we’re at a loss to explain how their top foreign editors could fail to note that three innocent Jewish teens were in fact murdered by Hamas terrorists in their paper’s intro to the lead-up to the summer war.

UPDATE: Following our post, The Telegraph amended the passage with the erroneous reference to kidnapped “Palestinians”. 

5 replies »

  1. So to recap:
    3 Palestinians were kidnapped by Palestinians and definitely not murdered;
    No rockets were fired at Israel;
    Nobody died in Syria, Iraq, Africa, or anywhere else;
    Russia didn’t invade Ukraine;

    The continued deterioration of the Telegraph. More and more looking like the Guardian.

  2. Professional journalists should adhere to the principles laid down by the SPJ Code of Ethics.

    – Take responsibility for the accuracy of their work. Verify information before releasing it. Use original sources whenever possible.

    – Remember that neither speed nor format excuses inaccuracy.

    – Provide context. Take special care not to misrepresent or oversimplify in promoting, previewing or summarizing a story.

    Looks like the Left wing rags fall well below the minimum standards!

  3. The Telegraph’s Chief Political correspondent is Peter Oborne. He has form. He made a TV programme which suggested with lots of innuendo and no evidence to speak of that “the Zionist lobby” in the UK controls the Conservative Party. He has published books and articles claiming that it is nonsense to accuse Iran of planning to build an atomic bomb. Last week, he had an article deploring David Cameron’s pro Israel speech at the Chanukah candle lighting organised at 10 Downing Street, saying he should have used the occasion to condemn what he called Israel’s “atrocities” in Gaza. Here he is, standing up for the very schools in Birmingham found by OFSTED after extensive investigation to have been covertly promoting hard line Islamist agendas. Which in the case of one of the schools turns out to have included the making of a gift of over a million pounds of UK taxpayer money to a Pakistani madrasah.

  4. Whereas the Elders of Zion are an overwhelming force, consisting of a deadly force of six millions, more or less, the Muslim and Arab minority of some negiligeable one milliard or so, with tiny oil reserves which have no impact at all on finances, currencies and trade, are a harrassed, discriminated people without land, therefore the murder of Jews is justified and doesn`t need to be mentioned especially.

    For the f… up antisemite Dinkle, that`s sarcasm.