Guardian headline on knifing of Israeli leads with death of the Palestinian terrorist

Agence France Presse (AFP) reported on a terror attack this morning in which an Israeli policeman was stabbed in Jerusalem by a Palestinian man shouting “Allahu Akbar”. The terrorist was shot and killed by other officers on the scene.

Here’s how the AFP report was framed by Yahoo News:


The Daily Mail used an identical headline while publishing the AFP report:


Now, here’s how the Guardian framed it in their headline and strap line – again, using the same AFP report:



So, not only did Guardian editors lead with the death of the terrorists in the headline, they added a strap line which focused on the number of Palestinians killed in “the latest wave of violence”.  

Of course, the “wave of violence” they’re referring to is a string of 119 Palestinian attacks on Israelis since Oct. 1.  Of the 99 Palestinians killed during this time, most (as the article itself ultimately acknowledges) have been the “alleged perpetrators of stabbing, shooting and car ramming attacks”. Almost all the other Palestinians “killed during this time” were killed during violent, Palestinian-led clashes.

Contrary to the implications of such headlines and euphemisms, there has not been a “cycle of violence”. There has been a surge of Palestinian terror targeting Jews – a campaign of antisemitic violence legitimized and often encouraged by the Palestinian Authority.

You’d be hard pressed to find an example of terror in world – outside of Israel – where mainstream media outlets prioritize the fate of the perpetrators over that of their victims.

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    • “Right that’s it. I am going to read the Daily Mail from now on”

      stephenb, you are grossly overestimating your intellectual abilities if you believe, or if you are silly enough to expect anyone else to believe, that you are capable of reading any newspaper even the Daily Mail.

      Far better if you stick to the “Dandy” and “Beano”.

  1. I’m continually surprised by the unending absence of humanity in guardian journalism. Where is this well of vomit located from which they drink? Is it genetic or are they sent on courses to learn how to create it?