Success! CBC Amends Headline: Israeli Strikes Came in Response to Palestinian Rocketfire

June 26, 2013

Yesterday, HRC submitted a complaint to the CBC regarding the following news headline it published on June 24 which unfairly portrayed Israel as attacking Gaza with air strikes without provocation:

HRC requested that the CBC.ca news article be amended to account for the fact that the Israeli attacks against military targets in Gaza came in response to six Palestinian terrorist rockets that were fired at Israel. After all, CTV News, the Globe and Mail, and the National Post all featured headlines which acknowledged that Israel’s air strikes came only after rockets were fired at the Jewish state from Gaza.

For casual readers who read headlines only and don’t read the introductory and main paragraphs, they may have concluded that Israel attacked the Palestinian territory of Gaza without cause. Some might have thought Israel attacked civilian targets as the CBC headline didn’t specify the military-nature of the targets that Israel struck. Of course, CBC could have headlined the article: “Palestinian Rockets fired into Israel from Hamas ruled Gaza Strip, Israel Responds” but as we’ve seen before, Israel was wrongly portrayed as the aggressor and violator of ceasefire agreements.

Following our communication with the CBC, online editors amended the headline to add at the end “in response to rockets” to make it clear that the Israeli attacks were done in self defense and were carried out in response to Palestinian aggression. The sub-headline was also amended and it now acknowledges that: “weapons storage facilities, (and) rocket launch site (were) targeted”.

We thank the CBC for making clear that Israel’s strikes were in response to unprovoked Palestinian rocket attacks.

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