The BBC has come under fire for a misleading headline about dead Palestinians which neglects to mention that said Palestinians died in the process of attacking an Israeli police officer.
According to The Times of Israel, the Israeli police officer died following the attack, which occurred last night.
The outlet describes the incident as “a coordinated stabbing and shooting terror attack in two areas near Jerusalem’s Old City.”
The police officer, 23-year-old Hadas Malka, was reportedly attacked while responding to the shooting portion of the attack, which was carried out by one Palestinian terrorist with a gun accompanied by a second with a knife.
After being stabbed in the upper torso by a third Palestinian terrorist en route to the scene, Malka underwent emergency surgery but later died.
The Times of Israel reports that “at least four more people were injured in the attacks, including another cop.”
All three attackers were “neutralized.”
BREAKING: Multiple border police wounded, at least 1 critically after coordinated terror attack by 3 Arabs in Jerusalem. All neutralized. pic.twitter.com/5NpLfM5Hv6
— Israel Breaking (@IsraelBreaking) June 16, 2017
The BBC subsequently ran with the headline “Three Palestinians killed after deadly stabbing in Jerusalem,” which is technically true but very unfortunately phrased.
Three Palestinians killed after deadly stabbing in Jerusalem https://t.co/aG79IGqoZ1
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) June 16, 2017
It didn’t take long for the BBC’s mentions to explode with backlash and mockery over the headline.
"Manchester explosion leaves Muslim dead"
— (((Angry Screed))) (@AngryScreed) June 17, 2017
"3 British Muslims killed after deadly stabbing on Westminster Bridge."
— Yahya Mahamid محاميد (@3moYahya) June 17, 2017
— David B (@davidbim) June 16, 2017
It seems like ur saying 3 Palestinians were stabbed to death in Jerusalem. Am I reading that correctly @BBCWorld ??
— Yolomar Swagastillo (@ProfeJayRizzle) June 17, 2017
Is this serious? BBC should be ashamed
— Spacecraft Maggie (@GalacticMaggie) June 17, 2017
Just bad reporting Is it more important to report the truth or placate an anti-Israel audience? 3 armedTerrorists murdered a policewoman!
— (((MatanZM))) (@MatanZM) June 17, 2017
Another misleading headline by BBC that looks for sympathy for the attacker and makes the victims look like the bad guys
— Jen (@jenjencubed) June 17, 2017
Three TERRORISTS and one policewoman. Skewed news by the BBC. Once, BBC was the voice of the free world. Now a terrorists mouthpiece. Shame.
— Bokito (@boblefevere) June 16, 2017
"Three Palestinians armed with an automatic weapon and knives killed a young female officer"
— Raphael Hernandez (@Raphaeleads) June 16, 2017
Your headline is beyond offensive. Try the truth
— Jonathan Penkin (@Jonnipenk) June 16, 2017
They had just murdered a police officer. You fail to mention the basic facts. Making it appear they were killed for no reason.
— Hevron1929 (@Johnny_Simson) June 17, 2017
Think before you tweet. Start by writing what the TERRORISTS did, then mention their fate. Shame on you.
— Menno (@MennoLN) June 16, 2017
Three Muslims shot dead by British police as people stabbed in Borough Market – Shame on the BBC's bias
— (((watchmaker101))) (@watchmaker101) June 17, 2017
While the BBC’s misleading tweet is still up, it appears the headline on its website has been altered to read “Israeli policewoman stabbed to death in Jerusalem.”
Because that WAS the ACTUAL headline until they changed it pic.twitter.com/Y4VFrc6e1l
— (((EinLi))) (@EnLiEretzAheret) June 17, 2017
As for the BBC’s article itself, its account of the incident appears to match The Times of Israel’s.
Its lede reads, “Israeli police have shot dead three Palestinians after a deadly knife attack outside the Old City of Jerusalem, in which a policewoman died.”