CTV News Headline Whitewashes Palestinian Terrorism; Says “Israeli Army Kills Palestinian Man,” But Neglects To Mention He Was Terrorist Shooting At Jewish Worshippers

July 25, 2023

On July 20, a group of Palestinian terrorists attacked Jewish worshippers at Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus. They shot at the worshippers, in addition to throwing stones and explosives and burning tires. and They were repelled by Israeli soldiers, who protected the civilians, and one Palestinian terrorist was killed in the exchange of fire with Israeli forces.

These details of that deadly incident were turned on their head in a recent CTV News headline, which entirely misrepresented the facts.

A July 20 headline published to CTVNews.ca read “Israeli army fire kills Palestinian man during clashes at West Bank shrine.”

The headline then led to an Associated Press article which continued the misleading narrative, saying that “Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian man near a shrine in the occupied West Bank…”

The Palestinian terrorist killed in the exchange with Israeli troops has been identified as 19 year-old Badr al-Masri, a member of the Lion’s Den, a Palestinian terrorist group which has grown in popularity in recent months.

Following his death, the organization praised his actions, saying that he was “killed while fighting against the occupation forces and the settlers who came to Joseph’s Tomb.”

Joseph’s Tomb, a monument located in Judea & Samaria (called the “West Bank” by news media outlets), is believed to be the resting place of Joseph, the biblical patriarch, as well as his sons Ephraim and Menashe, and is revered by Jews, Christians and Muslims alike. As a site of religious significance for many Israelis and Palestinians alike, the site should be a safe place for worship and visits.

Badr al-Masri, a member of the Lion’s Den Palestinian terrorist group.

Tragically, this most recent Palestinian attack on Jewish worshippers is only the latest in a long string of acts of violence at Joseph’s Tomb.

In early April, 2022, dozens of Palestinian rioters attacked Joseph’s Tomb, vandalizing the site, burning Jewish prayer books, setting fires and destroying equipment. They later returned the next night to complete whatever destruction they had initially missed.

Joseph’s Tomb was also heavily damaged by Palestinian arsonists in 2015, and in 2000, an Israeli border policeman, Madhat Yusuf, was shot and murdered by Palestinian terrorists at the site.

In the face of relentless Palestinian violence and terrorism at the site, Israel instituted severe restrictions on Jewish pilgrims, granting them access to Joseph’s Tomb only under cover of darkness.

The most recent Palestinian attack on innocent Jewish worshippers at Joseph’s Tomb is not a standalone event, but the latest episode in a longstanding Palestinian attack on the rights of Jews to worship at a religious site.

Violent and potentially deadly assaults on the freedom of religion should be forcefully condemned by news media outlets around the world. While Israel guarantees such freedoms for its citizens, and even allows large numbers of Palestinians to enter Israel to pray at Jerusalem’s Al Aqsa Mosque, located atop the Temple Mount, the efforts of Palestinian terror groups to intimidate and harm Jews serves as a painful contrast for what religious freedoms look like in the region.

However, when news media outlets fail to accurately report the facts, or misrepresent them so blatantly, as the CTV News headline has done, readers are given a profoundly inaccurate impression of what has taken place.

While in reality, a group of Palestinian terrorists attempted to murder innocent Jewish worshippers at prayer, a reader of CTV News’ headline would have come to an entirely different conclusion entirely.

While no headline can articulate the full details of a news story, this CTV News headline failed to even communicate the basic fundamentals correctly. Any number of changes would have been a significant improvement, but it should have included mention of how Palestinian terrorists opened fire on Jewish worshippers.

CTV News must immediately amend the headline to ensure it reflects the true incident that took place on July 20.


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