NZ Herald misleads and continues anti-Israel bias

The video above shows what really happened. Four Israelis were murdered, 20 in total were shot in Tel Aviv by two Arab gunmen.

The NZ Herald has different ideas….for them the gunmen are the victims.

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The New Zealand Herald performed a startling inversion of morality today; casting hero as villain and terrorist as victim.

With the sensational headline, “Shocking footage – Israeli police shoot suspected terrorist”, readers were enticed into watching a brief snippet of video footage of an Israeli policeman shooting and ending with multiple uniformed men surveying a scene.

The article failed to mention that just prior to this, two Palestinian men dressed in suits and ties sat at a café before pulling out Carl Gustav-style guns and shooting, killing four people and hospitalising 18.

The attackers were cousins; one was arrested and the other, who refused to give himself up, was shot and wounded by a security guard; he is currently hospitalized and being treated by Jewish and Arab medical staff alongside his victims. But, perhaps in the interests of superficial click-bait, the Herald omitted all of this context, focusing instead on the “shocking” fact that a “suspected terrorist” was shot by an Israeli policeman.

For a start, there was nothing “shocking” about the footage, either visually or in principle. There was no blood, no one falling to the ground or running for cover. And is the idea that a terrorist in the middle of a shooting spree might be shot really that shocking? Would footage of police in the USA shooting a person rampaging with a machine gun through a school, for example, be described as shocking? Would the shooter be presented as a victim?

The sensationalist NZ Herald content that victimises the terrorist is in sharp contrast to One News editorial decisions, which were to broadcast a video with the headlines “Graphic warning: The chilling moment two gunmen open fire in Tel Aviv cafe” and “Raw: Horrifying moment gunmen in suits open fire in Tel Aviv cafe”. This footage graphically illustrates what eyewitnesses reported:

People started running hysterically in all directions, and I saw what looked like a chase after the terrorist … Then they took a lot of people to the parking lot to be treated for shock. I went in to try to calm people down.”Eyewitness report

Compare also the NZ Herald’s treatment of this incident with its treatment of another, similar incident that occurred on the same day in Sydney. A man wielding a knife was shot by police and four bystanders were injured by the ricocheting police bullets. The headline was “Police shoot man after stabbing rampage in Sydney”. The actions of the perpetrator are highlighted, while the actions of the police are minimized – the opposite of the headline for the incident in Israel.

There can be only one intent from the misleading clickbait “Watch: Shocking footage” style headlines that only show the ratbag getting shot without the context of what he did…to skew and tilt the playing field against Israel. This is dishonest reporting and dishonest editing.

What is really shocking is the corporate intent of the NZ Herald against Israel. Where was their shocking footage of the moment two Arab terrorists opened fire inside a peaceful restaurant in a democratic country?

Dirty Media in action yet again.

 

– Shalom.Kiwi


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