BBC backtracks after misleading readers over terror attack

Headline focusing on deaths of three perpetrators is changed


The BBC has backtracked after it published a headline about last Friday’s terror attack which focused on the deaths of the perpetrators rather than the victims.

On Saturday BBC World tweeted the headline, “Three Palestinians killed after deadly stabbing in Jerusalem” with a link to an article about the attack.

The three Palestinian terrorists, who were targeting Israelis in two different areas, were shot dead after they attempted to murder Israeli policemen and had already killed Staff Sgt. Maj. Hadas Malka.

 After Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs criticised the BBC for the headline, the corporation changed the headline to: "Israeli policewoman stabbed to death in Jerusalem." 

 The BBC also published a statement saying: "We accept that our original headline did not appropriately reflect the nature of the events and subsequently changed it. Whilst there was no intention to mislead our audiences, we regret any offense caused."

 US President Donald Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., took to Twitter himself to lambast BBC World. "You mean after they stabbed a female Israeli police officer to death... right? This is as close to being misleading as possible," he charged. 

 The BBC has come under fire several times in the past for what is perceived as its biased coverage of Israeli affairs.

Share via

Want more from the JC?

To continue reading, we just need a few details...

Want more from
the JC?

To continue reading, we just
need a few details...

Get the best news and views from across the Jewish world Get subscriber-only offers from our partners Subscribe to get access to our e-paper and archive