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Reuters And The BBC Present Murder In Jersusalem As A Matter Of Opinion

by | 21st, April 2011

ONE person killed and 30 injured in an attack on a busload of people in Jerusalem. Terrorists strike. Only, Reuters reports it thus:

Police said it was a “terrorist attack” — Israel’s term for a Palestinian strike. It was the first time Jerusalem had been hit by such a bomb since 2004.

The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg explains:

Those Israelis and their crazy terms! I mean, referring to a fatal bombing of civilians as a “terrorist attack”? Who are they kidding? Everyone knows that a fatal bombing of Israeli civilians should be referred to as a “teachable moment.” Or as a “venting of certain frustrations.” Or as “an understandable reaction to Jewish perfidy.” Or perhaps as “a very special episode of ‘Cheers.’” Anything but “a terrorist attack.” I suppose Reuters will mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11 by referring to the attacks as “an exercise in urban renewal.”

The mind reels.

Over on the BBC the attack was an assault on a lump of metal and cement. No people were targetted:




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