ISRAELI OFFICIAL ON BBC HEADLINE: ‘THESE MISTAKES HAPPEN WAY TOO OFTEN': While acknowledging the BBC's clarification of a badly misleading headline about the weekend terrorist attacks in Jerusalem, Foreign Ministry director-general Yuval Rotem warned BBC consumers to be aware, because these mistakes happen “way too often.” Following an outcry from everyone from the Foreign Ministry to USA President Donald Trump's son over an initial headline on Friday 16 June 2017 that read, “Three Palestinians killed after deadly stabbing in Jerusalem,” the news organization changed the headline to, “Israeli police woman stabbed to death in Jerusalem.” Rotem retweeted a tweet from the spokesman at the Israeli embassy that displayed the apology, and wrote this comment: “BBC World admits mistake, but such mistakes happen way too often. BBC consumers beware.”
Israel and its supporters have long complained about biased and misleading headlines on stories in the press abroad about terrorist attacks in Israel. For instance, in the attack at the Damascus Gate in Feb. 2016 that killed Hadar Cohen, the headline on the initial CBS story was “3 Palestinians killed as daily violence grinds on.” About 90 minutes later, and after numerous complaints, that headline was changed to this: “Israeli police kill 3 alleged Palestinian attackers.” And after further protests, it was again changed to “Palestinians kill Israeli officer, wound another before being killed.” And after last year's attack at the Sarona market in Tel Aviv that killed four people, CNN ran the following headline: “Two ‘Terrorists’ Captured,” putting the word terrorists in quotation marks. It later apologized, saying putting terrorists in quotation marks was “a mistake.” (Jerusalem Post) In the words of one blogger: “If they didn't flagrantly mislead they wouldn't have to be called out.” Pray against misleading media presentations against Israel that further bias and terrorism against the Jewish state.
NETANYAHU DEMANDS WORLD CONDEMNATION OF JERUSALEM ATTACK: PM Netanyahu on Saturday 17 June 2017, called for the Palestinian Authority (PA) as well as the whole world to publicly speak out against Friday night's terror attack that resulted in the death of a 23-year-old border policewoman. The premier said that he demands that the PA condemn the attack and "expects the rest of the world to do the same." Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman also condemned Palestinian leadership for what he described as their "thundering silence" following the Jerusalem attack. "The thundering silence that refuses to condemn terror coming from the Palestinian Authority, and Fatah's message that Israel murdered three innocent men, both prove there is no partner for peace on the other side."
UN Special Coordinator for Middle East Peace Nickolay Mladenov likewise condemned the attack and expressed his bewilderment at Hamas' glorification of the assailants. "I am appalled that once again some find it appropriate to justify such attacks as 'heroic.' They are unacceptable and seek to drag everyone into a new cycle of violence," he added. Immediately following the attack, ISIS took responsibility for it in an unprecedented move, warning Israel that the assault "will not be the last." However, Hamas, the terror organization ruling in the Gaza Strip, as well as the People's Front for the Liberation of Palestine, also claimed that they were behind the attack. All three attackers were glorified and honored in multiple social media channels overnight. (Jerusalem Post)
‘HADAS FOUGHT THE TERRORIST': Border Police Master Sergeant Hadas Malka was killed in a combined shooting-stabbing terror attack in Jerusalem on Friday 16 June 2017. Describing the events, the Jerusalem Division chief said, "One attack was carried out at Zedekiah's Cave. Two terrorists, one with a knife and one with an automatic weapon, attempted to harm police officers. The officers responded by firing their weapons and killing the terrorists on the spot. "About 100 meters from there, a third terrorist stabbed a policewoman, critically wounding her. The terrorist was shot on the spot by other policemen in the area. "The injured policewoman fought for a few seconds with the terrorist who stabbed her, and tried to draw her weapon. The other officers realized what was happened and shot the terrorist, who later died." Malka was 23 and lived in the village of Givat Azar near Ashdod, located in southern Israel. She served as a border guard during her army service, and joined the Border Police fifteen months ago as a career officer and commander. She leaves behind her parents, three sisters, and two brothers. (INN) Pray for the grieving family and friends of Hadas Malka in yet another brutal Palestinian terrorist attack.
FATAH BLASTS ISRAEL FOR ‘EXECUTING’ TERRORISTS: Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah on Friday night 16 June blasted Israel for killing the three terrorists who carried out the combined shooting and stabbing attack in the Old City of Jerusalem. Despite being touted as a “peace partner” for Israel, Fatah did not condemn the attack, rather referred to the killing of the three as an “execution” and described it as a “war crime.” Abbas has regularly refused to condemn terrorist attacks against Israelis and, in fact, has been directly involved in inciting terror. Abbas blessed every drop of blood shed in Jerusalem "for Allah" and called to stop "filthy" Jews from visiting the Temple Mount. The PA chairman has also ordered full military funerals be held for terrorists. (Arutz-7)
NETANYAHU CALLS FOR NEW SECURITY MEASURES IN JERUSALEM’S OLD CITY: Israel’s PM Netanyahu said following the terrorist assault on 16 June 2017, which was the latest in a wave of lethal attacks to have struck the Old City of Jerusalem, new security measures should be introduced in the capital. The Prime Minister’s Office stated that Netanyahu instructed the police to look into the possibility of turning the Damascus Gate into a "sterile zone." Calling for a security crackdown on the area, Netanyahu suggested that the gate, which serves as one of the main entrances into the Old City, be closed off. According to this strategy, any individual who would want to enter through the gate would have to go through a security checkup. He also said that metal detectors should be installed at the gate to prevent assailants, carrying improvised weapons and knives, from entering into the Old City and carrying out attacks. The area of the Damascus Gate has been repeatedly targeted by terrorists. (J.Post/INN)
ISRAEL GOODWILL RAMADAN EFFORTS CUT AFTER PALESTINIAN ATTACK: Israel on Sunday 18 June 2017, revoked the permits of 200,000 Palestinians to enter Israel that were approved for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan following two near simultaneous Palestinian attacks on police that killed a young female officer near Jerusalem's Old City. Israeli defense body COGAT, posted the announcement on its Arabic language Facebook page. Earlier, PM Netanyahu said that preparations are underway to destroy the homes of the Palestinian attackers and tighten security at the entrance to the Old City, home to sensitive holy sites sacred to Jews, Muslims and Christians. (Fox)
‘WE WILL GO TO ICC TO PROTECT PAYMENTS TO TERRORISTS’: The Palestinian Authority will take Israel to the International Criminal Court over recent steps to punish the PA for its continuing payments to terrorists in Israeli prisons and to the families of terrorists. Saleh Rafat, a member of the Executive Committee of the PLO, said last week that the approval of a bill to deduct sums equal to the stipends the Palestinian Authority pays to terrorists in Israeli prisons and payments made to terrorists' families, deducting them from the tax funds which Israel transfers to the PA was “unacceptable”. The bill was days ago approved by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation. Rafat accused Israel of "piracy" and "stealing" the PA's money. He also threatened that the PA would turn to the ICC if Israel does not turn over the full tax revenues, and defended the payments as going to "victims of the occupation." The PA pays monthly salaries to thousands of terrorists in Israeli prisons. The longer the sentence the terrorist serves, the more money he or she receives on a monthly basis, effectively creating a situation where the more people a terrorist murders, the more money the PA pays him. (INN) Continue to intercede that this contemptible practice of paying terrorist murders a salary and their families benefits will be blocked on all fronts, both local and international.
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Barry Segal with the Editorial Staff