Media Whitewashed ‘Terrorists’ in Shalit Deal

Virtually all the media–except Arutz Sheva– helped pave the way for the Shalit-for-terrorists deal by whitewashing the word “terrorists.”

Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu,

Shalit 2009 tape released by Hamas
Shalit 2009 tape released by Hamas
Israel news photo: Flash 90

Virtually every Israeli and foreign media outlet – except Arutz Sheva – helped pave the way for the Shalit deal by whitewashing the word “terrorist.”

The Israel Cabinet late Tuesday night approved freeing 1,027 terrorists and prisoners, including 280 serving life sentences for terror, but every other media outlet referred to the convicted Palestinian Authority Arabs as “prisoners” or “security prisoners.”

The Jerusalem Post: Twenty-six ministers voted to approve the prisoner exchange deal signed with Hamas.”  Another Post article stated, “A total of 1,027 Palestinian prisoners will be released in the deal, in two stages.” The newspaper noted that many of the “prisoners” are serving life sentences, but it refrained from using the word “terrorists.”

Ynet, the web site of Yediot Acharonot: The Cabinet voted Tuesday in favor of a prisoner exchange deal that will secure the release of kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Shalit…. The deal will see Israel release 1,027 security prisoners, including hundreds who were directly involved in murderous terror attacks that claimed hundreds of Israeli lives.”

The word “terror” or “terrorists: did not appear throughout the article.

Reuters:  Hamas has jumped back into the Middle East spotlight with a prisoner swap deal….

The exiled Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal, announcing the deal from his Damascus headquarters, said the prisoners included more than 300 serving life terms in Israeli jails.”

The Associated Press not only omitted the word terror but also cast doubt on the terrorists' criminal acts, saying they are “accused” of “militant” acts: “In a much-anticipated prisoner exchange that could have broad implications, Israel and Hamas on Tuesday announced that an Israeli soldier abducted to Gaza five years ago would be swapped for about 1,000 Palestinians held by Israel and accused of militant activity.”

The report noted that Hamas has “sent dozens of suicide bombers into Israel, killing hundreds,” but never referred to the attacks as “terror.”

Decades of media reports referring Arab terrorists as “militants” and “prisoners," has helped created a mindset that they are on par with Shalit, a regular soldier doing his duty, who was kidnapped by Gaza terrorists in a deadly raid on an IDF checkpoint in the western Negev more than five years ago. Two soldiers were killed, and Shalit was taken captive and held without any communication with his family or visits by Red Cross officials, as required by the Geneva Convention.