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BBC recants, apologizes for misleading Jerusalem attack headline

Following severe public backlash and protests from Israeli officials and public figures from around the world, the BBC admits their headline regarding Friday's deadly terror attack was not accurate and issues an apology.

The BBC has published a clarification and apology regarding coverage of the twin terror attack in Jerusalem on Friday night, in which their headline raised ire for being perceived as both bias and misleading.



Initially, the BBC had reported on the attack with the headline "Three Palestinians killed after deadly stabbing in Jerusalem." The headline made no mention of the three Palestinians as having been the terrorists or that border policewoman Hadas Malka was murdered in the attack.


Original BBC headline
Original BBC headline


In response to the widespread outcry, the BBC said, "We accept that our original headline did not appropriately reflect the nature of the events and subsequently changed it. Whilst there was no intention to mislead our audiences, we regret any offense caused."


The headline was only changed after strong protest from the foreign ministry and the Israeli Ambassador in London, Mark Regev. The two sharply criticized the network for refusing to use the word "terror" when it comes to attacks against Israelis.


US President Donald Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., also weighed in on the controversy, Tweeting, "You mean after they stabbed a female Israeli police officer to death... right? This is as close to being misleading as possible."


(Translated and edited by Fred Goldberg)


פרסום ראשון: 06.18.17, 11:56
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