Government Press Office (GPO) Director Nitzan Chen on Wednesday summoned the Israel bureau chief of the Turkish Anadolu Agency, after the agency distorted Wednesday’s hit-and-run terrorist attack in Jerusalem.
The news agency had described the terrorist responsible for the attack as a "Palestinian man shot dead by the Israeli police" on its official English-language Twitter account.
Under the tweet, Anadolu attached two photos showing the terrorist's body covered with a white plastic sheet, with Israeli police and paramedics shown in the background.
The website of the Yedioth Ahronoth first reported about the tweet, which the news agency later removed.
“Journalists who engage in incitement and who disseminate misleading information which is liable to put lives at risk are liable to have their GPO cards revoked,” the GPO said in a statement on Wednesday night.
The terrorist attack occurred when Hamas terrorist Ibrahim Al-Akari, a resident of Shuafat in eastern Jerusalem, ran over a group of pedestrians, continued driving and struck another vehicle traveling along the road. He hit another vehicle before being stopped.
Al-Akari descended from the vehicle with a crowbar and began attacking passers-by. Police and Border Patrol officers shot him and killed him.
A Border Patrol officer was killed in the attack and 13 others were injured. Two people are in critical condition and three in moderate condition.