Donald Trump Jr. calls out BBC over Jerusalem attack headline
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President's son castigates UK outlet's 'Culprit Coddling'

Donald Trump Jr. calls out BBC over Jerusalem attack headline

Israel also slams 'Three Palestinians killed after deadly stabbing in Jerusalem' tweet, which failed to convey that they were the terrorists who carried out attack

Donald Trump Jr. speaking on the second day of the Republican National Convention at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, July 19, 2016. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Donald Trump Jr. speaking on the second day of the Republican National Convention at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, July 19, 2016. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

US President Donald Trump’s son, Donald Jr., on Saturday called out the BBC for a headline on the Jerusalem terror attack that neglected to mention the Israeli Border Police officer stabbed to death, and focused only on the three Palestinians killed without noting that they were the assailants.

“Three Palestinians killed after deadly stabbing in Jerusalem,” read the BBC tweet.

Trump Jr. immediately tweeted back: “You mean after they stabbed a female Israeli police officer to death… right? This is as close to being misleading as possible.”

“Need a new term for this nonsense. Sort of the opposite of victim blaming. How about Culprit Coddling? Maybe Criminal Cozying? Thoughts???,” he tweeted.

At time of writing, the headline of the BBC article linked to the tweet did note that the officer was killed in the attack, stating “Israeli policewoman stabbed to death in Jerusalem.”

https://twitter.com/BBCWorld/status/875810753571418113

On Friday, three Palestinians armed with an automatic weapon and knives carried out near simultaneous attacks at two locations near the Damascus Gate, close to Jerusalem’s Old City.

Border Police Staff Sgt. Hadas Malka, 23, was stabbed to death. According to the Border Police statement, Malka was part of a group of officers responding to sounds of gunfire near their area of patrol close to Damascus Gate, when she was attacked. Nearby troops shot and killed the assailants.

At least four more people were injured in the attacks, including another policeman. They all sustained light to moderate wounds and were being treated in hospital.

Border Police officer Hadas Malka, who was killed on June 16, 2017 in a stabbing attack near Damascus Gate in Jerusalem. (Courtesy)
Border Police officer Hadas Malka, who was killed on June 16, 2017 in a stabbing attack near Damascus Gate in Jerusalem. (Courtesy)

The Israeli embassy in London also lodged a complaint with BBC “for the false reports about the attack in Jerusalem and their refusal to use the words terror when it comes to attacks on Israeli citizens,” Ynet reported.

Donald Jr. has been active on twitter recently, frequently acting as a surrogate for his father, particularly during sacked FBI director James Comey’s recent Senate testimony.

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