Evidently, the Guardian journo didn’t see the video of the Palestinian teen stabbers

Today, The Guardian published a report by Kate Shuttleworth (Stabbed Israeli man mistaken for Arab lashes out at escalating violence, Oct. 15) about several Israeli revenge attacks against Arabs amidst the recent wave of terror attacks targeting Jews

After noting a few recent examples of Arabs (or Israeli Jews who were believed to be Arab) being assaulted, Shuttleworth pivots to the narrative being advanced by many Palestinians suggesting that Israeli police and soldiers have used ‘disproportionate force’ in response to terror attacks.

Here are the relevant paragraphs near the end of her article.

In some cases where Palestinians have been shot as they were allegedly carrying out, or about to carry out attacks, suspicion has been raised over whether this was the case. Arab leaders have criticised Israeli police for being too quick to shoot stabbers instead of arresting them.

The Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, accused the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, on of “incitement and lies” after he claimed in a speech in Ramallah on Wednesday that Israel engaged in the “execution of our children in cold blood” and waved a photograph of 13-year-old Ahmed Manasra.

Mansara and a 17-year-old friend allegedly stabbed two people leaving one in a serious condition and one critically wounded. Palestinians were enraged by footage showing the wounded Ahmed lying on the ground after the attack, as bystanders yell: “Die!” at him, but he is not dead and is being treated at Hadassah hospital, in Jerusalem.

So, whilst Shuttleworth commendably refutes the lie by Abbas that the Palestinian child was “executed”, she nonetheless fails to challenge one final false Palestinian allegation in the final passage of her article.

Palestinian leadership claim he is innocent and he was shot in an attempt to kill him.

However, despite such “claims”, a video was released by Israeli officials – taken by closed circuit cameras stationed at the scene of the incident – clearly showing that the Palestinian boy (Ahmed Manasra) was NOT innocent and was shot only after charging at responding officers with his knife.

You’d think that, after all these years, professional journalists would have learned to be as skeptical of claims made by Palestinian leaders as they always are with Israeli claims.

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  1. “You’d think that, after all these years, professional journalists”

    You are too considerate of Shuttleworth’s credentials, Adam.

    She is a failed Kiwi reporter whose career in NZ consisted of breathless reports from the sheep farms of the North Island. She could not even get a job in Auckland at the NZ Herald.

    But for the Guardian, she is perfect.

  2. Before I read this post I tweeted this so-called journalist twice. Once to ask her if we were going to have a report about the Henkin children and secondly to note that I saw a pattern of non-reporting of Palestine violence on Jews in her tweets. Guess what instead of having the courage of her convictions and answering perfectly reasonable tweets she has blocked me. Obviously she is unable to defend her obvious anti-Israel bias.

    • The same has happened to me. Each time I have challenged a Guardian or Independent’s journalist’s anti Israeli reporting, they have not responded to me but BLOCKED me. I reckon I must be the most blocked person on Twitter! There is no free speech – unless it is lying about Israel.

      • I wonder how many entities can be the basis of violent outcries throughout social media, and for how long? How many times might a circle of jerks demand to, say, shoot up a college because it costs so much money to go to school in America these days? How many posts on Facebook do you think can be made describing Blacks in negative ways before my page goes into suspension?

        I was suspended a week from Facebook because I suggested two neo-Nazis go fuck themselves. Seriously. I introduced them and suggested they get married and adopt a kid to fuck up in the head together.

        Social media is playing a huge role in the violence against others, but especially Israelis and Jews.

        • You were suspended as if you were in high school? Are you allowed to say, “Facebook sucks” on Facebook? Would you be expelled, ruining your chances to graduate and go on to Twitter?

          • I have been suspended for 24 hours (I think) for telling an antisemite to fuck himself, or some such words.
            Complaints to FB about pages calling for Jews to be murdered, or promoting antisemitic blood libels, fail 90% of the time because (wait for it) “The page you reported does not violate our community standards”.
            Zuckerberg is Jewish, isn’t he?

  3. Talking about the violence in Israel with friends here in America, every single one of them doesn’t buy the need to stab Israelis. And yet, the Guardian SEES A FREAKING NEED TO STAB ISRAELIS.

    It boggles the mind that this is what journalism has become.

    • It reminds me of the eve of World War I. A lot of artists and intellectuals were bored and hoping for a a catastrophic war to cleanse humanity. It’s sick.