Independent’s revised headline on Israeli response to Gaza rocket attack still misleads

Yesterday (Oct. 11), we documented the latest example of the Independent framing a report on the ongoing wave of terror in a manner which imputes maximum malevolence to Israel.

The Indy story, by Caroline Mortimer, pertained to an Israeli attack on two Hamas weapons sites in northern Gaza on Sunday following two rocket attacks over the weekend. According to Gaza officials, a pregnant woman and her young daughter were killed when an explosion from one of the Hamas weapons sites caused the collapse of her home.

The original Indy headline bizarrely framed the proportionate Israeli attack on a terror weapons site as an act of Israeli “revenge” against a pregnant Palestinian woman and her baby.  However, following our post and a complaint to the journalist, the headline was revised.

Here’s a graphic showing how the headline looked before and after our post.

indy headline fail

Though we’re always glad when editors address problematic language following our complaints, and the word “retaliatory” is of course better than “revenge”, the headline still fails as it advances a false narrative suggesting that Israelis intentionally attacked a pregnant woman and her baby in “retaliation” for some other previous (unstated) attack.

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  1. here idiots at The Independent is what the headline should have said

    Following Arab terrorist rockets attack on Israel mother and bay killed during retaliatory raid

  2. That’s the way European morality works. Killing Jews or attempting to kill them is an unwritten universal law that Europeans have followed for a millennia. Its visceral. Jews defending themselves with extreme force against their murderous and genocidal enemies does not compute.

  3. Mother and baby shouldn’t even be in the headline. The attacks were on weapons sites, i.e., legitimate targets. The possible loss of a mother and baby as collateral damage, while tragic, is what 2nd or 3rd paragraphs are for. The Independent clearly wants its headlines to read “Israel Kills,” and that’s all. The Israelis are doing what the British government would do, and according to military experts do as good or better job of it from a humanitarian law perspective. Groovy Times has it correct.