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‘Horrific’ journalism at Daily Express – parrots PA propaganda that Israel shoots kids

The accusation that Israel wantonly kills or tortures kids is among the more insidious charges leveled by pro-Palestinian campaigners across the globe – a smear, sadly, echoed at times by even ‘respectable’ British news outlets.

Here’s one example, from 2005, by the Guardian’s former Jerusalem correspondent Chris McGreal which we examined in a blog post several years ago..

Guardian 2005

Today, the Daily Express echoed this lethal narrative in an article written by reporter Joe Carey on a “horrific” report that Israel shoots kids.

The only thing “horrific” here is the inept journalism.

There are several problems with the article, as we noted earlier in a tweet to the journalist.

First, the article uses, as its sole source for the unsubstantiated claim, The Palestinian Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs, which the article fails to identify as a PA Ministry (controlled by the PLO) which is one of the institutions responsible for paying salaries to imprisoned terrorists.

Further, it claims that “32 minors” have been detained in Israel’s Ofer prison, but provides no context or details on their arrests.  The report also alleges that two of the minors were shot before being sent to prison – a claim which inspired the headline – but fails to note if they were shot whilst carrying out, or attempting to carry out, terror attacks.  As Adam Kredo of the Free Beacon reported last year, “At least 79 separate terror attacks have been carried out by Palestinian children ranging in ages from eight to 17” during the recent wave of terror from 2015 to 2017.

There also appears to be no attempt whatsoever by the reporter to do his job by attempting to corroborate these PA claims.  Nor, it seems, did he contact Israeli authorities for comment.

Moreover, it’s quite telling that the only other site we could find that covered this “horrific” report was the pro-Hamas site Middle East Monitor (MEMO).  Interestingly, though, MEMO’s headline (“Report: Israel imposes $28,000 fines on Palestinian children”, June 4) is significantly more restrained than the one chosen by Daily Express editors.

Their journalist did nothing more than copy and paste context-free Palestinian propaganda and sell it as real news. Even for a tabloid, this is gutter journalism.

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  1. One wonders of course whether such journalists are Antisemites. My take on it however is that this is just another one of an endless list of examples of lazy journalism. They cannot be bothered to do the proper research, and they meet their deadlines by parrotting garbage from a collection of biased and unreliable sources. However in the case of the Guardian or the Indy their biased reporting based upon unsubstantiated statements simply reflects their own entrenched positions.

  2. Whatever criticisms could be made in other respects about Richard Desmond, this would not have happened when he was full owner of the Express. Now that Trinity Mirror has taken over – and ever since Robert Maxwell’s death the Mirror has become more and more anti-Israel in both its news coverage and editorial stances – perhaps the Express papers may change their previously pro-Israel position.

  3. I see that the ghastly Bill Clinton is ‘feeling physically sick’ at what ‘they’ (Israel) is ‘doing to them’ (‘Palestinians’) in Gaza. Yes, you shit: Jews are defending themselves against genocidal scum.

  4. Chris McGreal has made it his goal in life to vilify Israel, from the time he wrote lies about its supposed nuclear weapons deal with South Africa and on and on. He is a real gutter journalist who tried to build his career on hate of of Israel.. Even the Guardian finally gave up on him, in no small part thanks to the debunking of his articles on this blog.