Terrorist Attack? Not According to Reuters!

In reporting the bomb that has exploded near a bus-stop in Jerusalem on March 23, 2011, Reuters has, once again, refused to address reality when true depiction of events might appear sympathetic to Israel.

The headline describes the bombing.  It does not call it a terrorist attack, but rather "an attack police blamed on Palestinian militants."

In the next paragraph, Reuters does not go on providing details about the bombing of Israeli civilians in a Jewish section of Western Jerusalem, or about the nature of the bomb. It doesn't elaborate on the bloody pavement and the glass-shattered civilian bus damaged by the terrorist attack.  Naturally Reuters believes all these details are significantly less important and less pertinent to the story, hence they are buried deep down towards the end on the news article.

The most important details pertaining the bombing – according to Reuters – is that "no one claimed responsibility for the blast", as if to immediately delegitimize the Israeli police's claim that the bombing was the doing of Palestinians.

Still – it is not a terrorist attack!

After all – a terrorist attack according to the dictionary is the calculated and deliberate use of violence against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature.

But Reuters cannot bring itself the recognize a simple truth if it happens to be in support of Israel, so instead, they report that "Police said it was a "terrorist attack" — Israel's term for a Palestinian strike."

Interestingly enough – down the very same article, in reporting the Palestinian Prime Minister saying he "condemn(s) this terrorist operation in the strongest possible terms" Reuters suddenly doesn't feel compelled to qualify such a statement. After all, it wasn't some crazy Israeli claim that must be discredited and delegitimized.

As Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic wrote, come the 10th anniversary of 9/11, Reuters might as well mark the event by referring to the attacks as "an exercise in urban renewal."

When Reuters is involved – It's anything but "a terrorist attack".


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