BBC Plays Down Terrorism in Wednesday Attack in Jerusalem

British news networks reported on Wednesday’s deadly terror attack in Jerusalem as if it was a simple rampage by an aberrant construction worker.

Hana Levi Julian ,

Ending the terror attack in Jerusalem
Ending the terror attack in Jerusalem
Israel News Photo: (file)

The first report by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) on Wednesday’s deadly terrorist attack in Jerusalem was aired under the headline "Israel bulldozer driver shot dead" [sic] according to media watchdog organization

The group said that the BBC wrote the headline although its own correspondent witnessed much of the attack from his office window, located opposite the scene of the horror. 

“The BBC can have no excuse for not having the basic facts of the story in front of them from the very beginning,” HonestReporting told its subscribers.

The British news agency has long been regarded as anti-Israel, and the Israeli government last year ordered officials to distance themselves from its reporters.

The BBC later changed its headline to read, “Bulldozer Rampage Hits Jerusalem,” omitting in the title the fact that an Eastern Jerusalem Arab was driving the bulldozer. This required the reader to read through the brief text below the visuals in order to discover that three Israelis had been murdered.

Sky News, Reuters Also Reluctant to Label Event a Terror Attack
British news network Sky News appeared equally reluctant to label the event a terror attack, headlining its story “Digger Attack.” The reporter did not once use the “T” word, nor did she use the words “Arab,” or “Palestinian” or “Palestinian Authority Arab” to indicate the identity of the attacker in the network’s coverage Wednesday night.

As with the BBC, Sky News could not claim ignorance of the facts. Its report showed almost the entire incident, including the BBC’s footage of the off-duty IDF soldier who leaped on to the moving bulldozer and shot the terrorist, killing him and ending the murder spree.

The sole mention of the word “terrorist” came in a sound bite by Israel Police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld, who was interviewed during the Sky News report on the attack, which left three dead and 45 wounded, six critically.

Reuters news service also played down the terrorism aspect of the attack, saying a “Palestinian man” was shot dead “after running amok with a bulldozer in Jerusalem."

Most of the family of the eastern Jerusalem terrorist, Hussam Duwiyat, expressed regret following the attack and claimed it was a traffic accident. His sister called him "Shahid", Arabic for martyr, a term which terrorist groups use to describe those who die carrying out their murderous attacks.