But according to the Italian daily La Republica, CNN, CBS, The New York Times and the website of the Italian daily Il Corriere della Sera, the story was different. “Four die in violent stabbing at Jaffa Gate”, said CNN, and CBS was even more frugal in its count: “2 Palestinians killed after stabbing attack in Jerusalem”.
The office of the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, complained to the American broadcaster and the headline was changed to “2 Israelis dead after stabbing attack in Jerusalem; 2 Palestinian assailants killed”.
“We believe that adding two terrorists with two victims into ‘four dead’ is not only dishonest journalism, it is incitement”. Netanyahu’s office accused.
The Associated Press and The New York Times also described the Palestinian terrorists as victims of Israel. “2 Palestinians killed following stabbing attack in Jerusalem”. They then changed the headline to: “2 Palestinian attackers killed, two Israelis die in Jerusalem”. So terrorists are “killed” while Jews simply “die”?
La Repubblica and Corriere della Sera, the two most popular newspapers in Italian, didn’t run the word “terrorist” anywhere but wrote about “150 people” killed so far in this Third Intifada, putting together attackers and attacked, the Palestinian Arab terrorists and the Israeli civilians, in a sort of hideous moral equivalence.
La Repubblica even ran a picture where you see Mary and Joseph on their way to Bethlehem to deliver Jesus, stopped by the “wall” built by Israel. A great anti-Semitic Christmas classic.
According to data published by the Israel Trauma Coalition, 8,000 Israelis are under medical treatment for developing “PTSD”, the post-traumatic stress syndrome. For every Israeli killed, 27 witnesses of the attack must undergo physical and psychological rehabilitation. There are Israelis so traumatized that they now go out with a bullet-proof vest.
After the carnage in Paris, President Francois Hollande refused to include Jerusalem in the list of cities hit by terrorists. A deliberate anti-Semitic choice.
In Paris this week, the famous NGO “Doctors Without Borders” opened its exhibition at the Maison des Métallos. Titled “In between wars”, the exhibition was funded by the city’s Socialist mayor Anne Hidalgo and calls the Palestinian terrorists "martyrs". The leader of French Jewry, Roger Cukierman, commented: “We are still mourning the 130 dead and Doctors Without Borders call the terrorists ‘martyrs’. Shocking.”
He is wrong. The problem is that anti-Semitism doesn’t shock anymore.