Foreign media refuses to classify Har Adar attack as terrorism

Apparent exception seems to be Fox News, which refers to 'terror attack' in headline.

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Nitsan Keidar,

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International media is calling this morning’s terror attack in Har Adar a “shooting,” refusing to address the terroristic nature of the attack.

Thus, CNN’s headline about the attack read: “Three Israelis killed in shooting at West Bank crossing,” without reference to the word “terror.” The terrorist himself is referred to as “the attacker” and “gunman.”

BBC reported: “Palestinian gunman kills three Israelis,” and was sure to note that the attack took place at the entrance to a “settlement in the occupied West Bank.” The article notes that the “gunman [...] was also shot and died later” after “[shooting] his victims at close range,” but does not explain that he was shot for committing a terror attack. Later, the article goes on to give “context” for the attack.

“The issue of settlements is one of the most contentious between Israel and the Palestinians, who see them as an obstacle to peace.”

According to NBC, the terrorist is a “suspect.” The article’s headline reads: “Three Israelis shot dead by Palestinian at West Bank settlement.”

The lengthy article makes no mention of “terror,” except while quoting Israeli officials Tzipi Hotovely and Avigdor Liberman, and instead suggests that the attack is part of a legitimate struggle. “Jewish settlements in the West Bank are a contentious issue because Palestinians see the area, which Israel has occupied since 1967, as integral to a future state.”

In an exception to the general trend of shying away from labelling the attack as “terror,” Fox News’ headline read: “Jerusalem terror attack: 3 Israelis killed in shooting.”








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