BBC regrets headline that victimized Jerusalem attackers
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BBC regrets headline that victimized Jerusalem attackers

News service admits it was inappropriate to ignore Israeli victim and focus on slain Palestinians who instigated the violence

Israeli security forces at the scene of a terror attack near Damascus Gate in Jerusalem on June 16, 2017 (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Israeli security forces at the scene of a terror attack near Damascus Gate in Jerusalem on June 16, 2017 (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

The BBC on Sunday apologized for a headline it published when reporting on a Palestinian terror attack in Jerusalem on Friday, admitting that its focus on the three slain assailants, rather than the Israeli victim, was inappropriate.

“We accept that our original headline did not appropriately reflect the nature of the events and subsequently changed it,” BBC said in a statement. “Whilst there was no intention to mislead our audiences, we regret any offense caused.”

The British news service’s preliminary reporting on the attack, in which Border Police Staff Sgt. Hadas Malka, 23, was stabbed to death, was headlined “Three Palestinians killed after deadly stabbing in Jerusalem.”

The headline angered many in Israel, reportedly including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu himself. Ynet reported that he instructed Foreign Ministry Director General Yuval Rotem to strongly protest the BBC coverage, which the Israeli embassy in London promptly did.

On Sunday afternoon, Rotem tweeted that the BBC’s retraction of the headline wasn’t enough, and warned its viewers to “beware.”

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