Home Media Action Alerts2018 UPDATED: Postmedia Article Includes Justification of Terror in Coverage of Murder of Ari Fuld

UPDATED: Postmedia Article Includes Justification of Terror in Coverage of Murder of Ari Fuld

by Mike Fegelman
UPDATE: September 20/22, 2018: The National Post and the London Free Press published HRC’s response today to its article which included a justification of terror in its coverage of the murder of Ari Fuld:
Original Alert: September 18, 2018:

On September 16, a Palestinian terrorist stabbed to death Ari Fuld, a prominent pro-Israel advocate and dual American-Israeli citizen, in a heinous and brazen daylight murder outside a shopping mall near Efrat, at the Gush Etzion Junction south of Jerusalem.

Fuld was a 45-year-old father of four best known for being a passionate and articulate defender of Israel, as a combat soldier who enlisted in the IDF and in the war of ideas in the realm of pro-Israel advocacy.

Shamefully, in its coverage on September 18, the National Post’s headline derisively refers to Fuld as a “settler” and states in the article that “critics” had tweeted that “an armed settler is a fair target.” Importantly, there’s no justification for murdering innocents, irrespective of where one chooses to live.

This same article appeared in the following Postmedia newspapers (see print version appended below): Montreal Gazette, Ottawa Citizen, Windsor Star, Saskatoon Star Phoenix, Regina Leader Post, Calgary Herald, Edmonton Journal, Vancouver Sun, and London Free Press.

It’s not okay to murder a peaceful Muslim or Christian, whether in Gaza, Haifa, Jerusalem, or elsewhere. And it’s certainly not okay to murder a Jew simply because his family resides in an area that is contested politically.

These claims were not worthy of publication by a respected newspaper like the National Post and the Postmedia chain.

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