UK media ignore the role of incitement in terror attack that killed Alexander Levlovich

Alexander Levlovich, 64, was returning home from a Rosh Hashana dinner when his car was struck by rocks thrown by four Palestinian teens on Asher Viner Street, the road separating the Jewish neighborhood of Armon Hanatziv (East Talpiyot) from the Palestinian neighborhood of Sur Baher.

Levlolich lost control of his vehicle and was critically injured when it struck a pole. He was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.

Nir Levlovich, one of Alexander’s three surviving sons, who was in the US when his father was killed, wrote: “One stone changed the course of my life.”

This writer attended a press conference in Jerusalem last week with Nir Levlovich, held on the very road where his father was killed, and was able to ask one simple question: Does he believe that incitement played a role in the attack that killed his father?  As Nir is not a native English speaker, the word “incitement” had to be translated for him, but, once he understood the question, here’s his immediate two-word response:

“Of course”, he said, matter-of-factly.

Indeed, as the Jerusalem Post noted about one of the perpetrators of the attack:

“Doiat [Dawiat], who confessed to throwing the large rock that killed Levlovitz, said he wore a Hamas flag he received earlier in the month at an “Al-Aksa is in Danger” demonstration against the banning by the defense minister of two radical Muslim groups from the Temple Mount.

As this blog and others have noted repeatedly, the role of Palestinian incitement in the violence at the Temple Mount and Jerusalem is all but ignored by the Western media, despite the well-documented evidence of the phenomenon on sites such as Palestinian Media Watch (PMW).

The Independent, in a short mention of the fatal rock attack in Jerusalem at the end of a longer articlepublished by Lizzie Dearden on Sept. 23rd, not only fails to note the role played by incitement in the murder of Levlovich, but implicitly suggests that Mahmoud Abbas has condemned such violence.

An Israeli man also died in Jerusalem after Palestinians pelted his car with rocks.

Several rockets have been fired from the Gaza Strip, prompting Israel to deploy its Iron Dome rocket defence system.

Speaking in Paris on Tuesday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called for an end to the violence.

“It’s extremely dangerous,” he said. “We don’t want to see this continue.”

However, here’s what Abbas said  in Arabic on official PA TV several days earlier in response to recent violence by Palestinians at the Temple Mount.

Of course, such evidence of official Palestinian incitement is so ubiquitous that a reporter covering the region would seemingly have to make an effort not to report it. 

Such glaring omissions in UK media reports – on this and other deadly Palestinian terror attacks – deny British news consumers the opportunity to properly contextualize the escalating violence by understanding this one undeniable and “extremely dangerous” root cause.

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  1. At least The Independent correctly identified the seemingly self-propelled rocks’ target. The NY Times had them aimed at the road.
    Can it be a coincidence that these reporters both use the verb “pelt” which puts one in mind of a soft rainfall rather than the more usual if less poetic “threw”? But then you might need to identify the actor as well. Given all this, one might almost believe that these reporters were working off a common script.

    • The New York Times writer, Diaa Hadad, spent her early years working for Ali Abomination at Electronic Intifada.

      The Intifada, as most of us know, is a rebellion centered around blowing up pizzerias during lunch hour and dance halls on Saturday nights. One might think the Grey Lady would be hip to such phraseology, but alas, they’re not anti-Semites so everyone should stop accusing them of being brain dead, tone deaf, and a total waste of time.

      But I digress. It could be the Independent has connections to Ali Abomination, too. I’m sure, for example, they follow his Twitter feed (with an extra special heavy emphasis on Twit).

    • Margaret. The material in the video is disgusting. Do you not feel that some Jewish families are behaving badly taking their little children though the streets of the Old City at a time such as this?

      • Bloody Jewish parents who taking their children to a Jewish school in London….at a time such this….

      • It is indeed parents’ fault for having children and placing them in this dangerous world as a temptation to all those who might feel like murdering them

  2. Honest Reporting destroys the lies of NY Times Pallywood writer Diaa Hadid.
    New York Times Claims Palestinian Rock Throwing Attack an “Accident”
    September 27, 2015

    Why can’t New York Times reporter Diaa Hadid bring herself to acknowledge that rocks don’t just rise up and strike Israeli vehicles without someone i.e. Palestinians, deliberately picking them up and throwing them?

    Perhaps because the former Electronic Intifada writer simply doesn’t see attacks on Israeli civilians as anything but an accident.

    Such was the New York Times’s recent reporting after Alexander Levlovich was killed by Palestinians who threw rocks at his car. Now, with the news that Israeli police have arrested four Palestinian youths allegedly responsible, this is how Hadid covers the story in the New York Times:

    Four Palestinian youths have been detained in the death of an Israeli man who drove his vehicle into a light pole in East Jerusalem two weeks ago after it was hit by rocks, the Israeli police said Saturday.

    The man, Alexander Levlovich, 64, died of his injuries after the accident on the first day of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, on Sept. 13.
    An accident?!!

    There was nothing accidental about this incident. Rocks can kill. Period.

    Perhaps the Palestinians responsible may claim in their defense that they never intended to kill anyone when they threw their rocks at a moving vehicle. That, however, is not for Diaa Hadid to speculate.

    Palestinians throw rocks at Israelis with the intent of causing as much damage as possible. The only accidents that take place in these violent attacks are when the perpetrators miss their targets, not when they hit them.

    Yet throughout Hadid’s report, there appears to be a conscious effort to separate the act of rock throwing from the cause of Levlovich’s death and in doing so, downplay the potential danger that rock throwing presents. She continues:

    The neighborhood [where the arrested suspects live] faces the road where Mr. Levlovich had the accident.
    Even the New York Times headline displays an appalling disconnect from reality:

    4 Youths Held in Death of Israeli Man Whose Car Was Hit by Rocks.
    By Diaa Hadid
    Sept 26, 2015

    This was a rock throwing attack that led to the murder of an innocent Israeli. The car was not simply “hit by rocks.” Alexander Levlovich did not simply die. He was killed by Palestinian rock throwers.

    Levlovich’s death was not an accident. Nor, it seems, are Diaa Hadid and the New York Times’s efforts to downplay the seriousness of Palestinian rock throwing, accidental either. Their biased reporting on this incident over the past few weeks has clearly demonstrated this.

    You can send your considered comments to the New York Times –

  3. It must be clear by now that British media deprives the British public of this crucial context intentionally.