Important context the UK media missed in stories alleging rabbi condoned rape

UK Media Watch

British media reports on controversial comments made by the IDF’s new nominee for chief rabbi (Colonel Eyal Karim) which elicited criticism from women’s groups and some politicians have, for the most part, been reasonably fair.

Though, the Guardian, Telegraph and Independent have all lead with the most sensationalist charges, that, in 2002 (before serving in the military), he seemed to suggest that soldiers may commit rape during wartime, all noted that he was speaking theoretically, based on his understanding of verses in the Torah, and was not discussing how soldiers should behave in modern times.

All reports also noted Karim’s subsequent clarification, stressing that rape is always wrong.

The Guardian’s Peter Beaumont (Women’s groups denounce Israeli military over nominee for chief rabbi, July 12) quoted Karim thusly:

“Obviously, in our times, when the world has advanced to a level of morality in which one does not marry…

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