Letters to the Editor

Double standard in headlines over terrorist attack in Israel

Israeli police officers examine the scene of a shooting attack in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Wednesday, June 8, 2016.
Israeli police officers examine the scene of a shooting attack in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Wednesday, June 8, 2016. AP

Imagine reading these headlines about this week’s terrorist killings at an Orlando, Florida, nightclub: “Muslim dead in extrajudicial police killing”; “Alleged ‘terrorist’ killed by police”; “Crazed gunman goes on shooting spree”; “Frustrated gunman responds to U.S. invasion of Afghanistan.”

Thankfully, none of these distorted headlines appeared. And yet, these are exactly the sorts of headlines that accompany reports about terrorist attacks in Israel.

Consider these actual newspaper headlines reporting the June 8 Palestinian terrorist attack in Tel Aviv:

▪  “Tel Aviv shooting: Well-dressed men open fire at popular food market,” Sydney Morning Herald, June 9. (The gunmen were jihadis targeting Jews.)

▪ Shocking footage — Israeli police shoot suspected terrorist,” New Zealand Herald, June 9. (Why is the focus on police responders, rather than perpetrators?)

▪ Tel Aviv shooting: Israel pulls travel permits for 83,000 Palestinians in wake of café slayings,” International Business Times, June 9. (Makes it seem like Palestinians were killed. None were. And why were travel restrictions more important news than the dead and injured?)

▪ Four people killed in Tel Aviv shooting near Israeli defence ministry,” The Telegraph, June 8. (The location of the Defense Ministry was coincidental; only civilians were targeted and shot.)

I smell a double standard.

Ray Berger, San Luis Obispo

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