Following UKMW tweet, Independent updates story on death of Palestinian girl

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Fatal Palestinian road accidents are, sadly, all too common, and it seems unlikely that The Independent would have reported on the tragic death, on Saturday, of a young Palestinian girl in the West Bank if there wasn’t a ‘settler’ angle.  The girl, Aseel Abu Oun, was killed after an Israeli vehicle struck her on a road which runs through the Jordan Valley.  

Here’s the Indy’s headline accompanying their story on the incident.

The article opens thusly:

An Israeli settler has reportedly been questioned by police after running over and killing an eight-year-old Palestinian girl. Aseel Abu Oun was killed near her village of Furush Beit Dajan in the occupied West Bank. She was leaving a supermarket with a friend when she was hit by the car, Al Jazeera reported.

Then, after citing a Haaretz report that “police detained the driver for questioning and had opened an investigation”, this tendentious paragraph appears:

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Guardian describes Israeli accusations over Iran’s military expansion as “bellicose rhetoric”

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The word “bellicose” is defined by Merriam Websters as “favoring or inclined to start quarrels or wars”.

Here’s the opening paragraph of a Guardianarticle by Peter Beaumont (Netanyahu accuses Iran of building missile production sites in Syria, Aug. 28)

Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has accused Iran of building sites to produce missiles in Syria and Lebanon during a meeting with the UN secretary-general, António Guterres – part of increasingly bellicose rhetoric from Israel and the US against Tehran.

So, what “bellicose rhetoric” by Israel is Beaumont referring to?

Here are the relevant paragraphs:

The remarks, made by Netanyahu at the beginning of a meeting with Guterres on Monday, come against a background of growing Israeli anxiety over the expanding Iranian influence on its northern border.

Netanyahu accused Iran of turning Syria into abase of military entrenchment as part of its declared goal to eradicate Israel”.

He added:…

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Three previously unreported stories appear in one BBC News article

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Last month we noted that BBC audiences had not seen any coverage of the reports that began to emerge earlier this year concerning allegedly Iranian-built underground missile factories in Lebanon.

Reports of a similar project in north-west Syria also came to light in June and began to garner wider coverage in mid-August (though not from the BBC) after satellite images of the site were shown on Israel’s Channel 2.

Both those stories unfolded following reports from sources unconnected to Israel but audiences were not informed of that when the BBC’s first mention of either story came in an article published on August 28th under the headline “Iran building missile factories in Syria and Lebanon – Netanyahu“.

“Israel’s prime minister has said Iran is building sites in Syria and Lebanon to produce precision-guided missiles.

Benjamin Netanyahu accused Iran of turning Syria into a “base of military entrenchment as…

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Our reply to Guardian columnist Hadley Freeman’s charge that Israel ‘appeases’ anti-Semites.

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Accusations by Western commentators that Israel has betrayed its noble founding ideals are ubiquitous and often serve one end: to allow the writer to demonise the world’s only Jewish state whilst maintaining a posture of moral purity.  They love what a nation-state of the Jewish people created after the Holocaust represents as an ideal, but not what it has become in reality. Though such commentators typically explain their ‘lost’ love of Israel as a natural result of the nation’s putative ‘move right’, the ‘what it has become’ narrative often reflects, in the accuser, a kind of petulance over Israel’s stubborn insistence over seven decades to use statecraft as others have, both militarily and diplomatically, to defend it’s very existence.

Thus, Benjamin Netanyahu’s allegedly ‘delayed’ and ‘muted’ response to antisemitism at the Charlottesville hate rally has been contextualised by many as another example of Israel’s flight from moral decency, and betrayal…

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BBC News ignores a Hamas related story that contradicts previous reporting

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As has been noted here in the past, the BBC has long avoided producing any serious coverage of the topic of collaboration between groups in the Gaza Strip and the ISIS franchise operating in the Sinai Peninsula and has even amplified Hamas’ messaging on the topic in some reports.

In late June reports emerged concerning Hamas’ construction of a buffer zone along its border with Egypt.

“The Interior Ministry in the Gaza Strip began work Wednesday to build a buffer zone between the Gaza Strip and Egypt in order to increase security in the border area and prevent the transfer of arms and passage of ISIS operatives from Sinai to the Gaza Strip and vice versa.

This is part of the understandings reached by the Hamas delegation during its visit to Cairo and its meetings with senior Egyptian intelligence officials.”

That story did not get any BBC coverage at…

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