Israel’s Foreign Ministry blasted on Wednesday a headline by major American news outlet CBS News that seemed to imply that three Palestinians killed while carrying out a shooting and stabbing spree in Jerusalem, killing a police officer and wounding another, were the victims of an attack.
The attackers were shot dead by police as they opened fire with three makeshift Carl Gustav firearms and stabbed the Border Police officers, killing 19-year-old Hadar Cohen and seriously wounding another officer, outside Jerusalem’s Old City.
CBS reported the story with the headline: “3 Palestinians killed as daily violence grinds on.”
The headline is “unprecedented chutzpah, a slanted and false headline,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said.
“We are working to correct the CBS headline,” he added.
After causing a storm on Twitter, the headline was changed a few hours later to: “Israeli police kill 3 alleged Palestinian attackers.”
Later Wednesday, CBS updated the headline to read: “Palestinians kill Israeli officer, wound another before being killed.”
CBS did not issue any statement or response to queries over the headline.