Yesterday, a Palestinian Muslim terrorist drove a car over a 3-month-old baby in Jerusalem. The baby was an American citizen. Hamas promptly praised the attack as a “daring operation.” So did the “moderate” Palestinian Authority wing Fatah, which pledged “loyalty” to the terrorist. Palestinians in East Jerusalem went on a mini-riot in the aftermath, setting tires and dumpsters on fire and throwing Molotov cocktails and stones at police, according to the Times of Israel. The West, thus far, has been silent.
But not the entire West. The Western media has played the terrorist attack as anything but a terrorist attack, once again perverting the truth in order to achieve moral equivalence between Palestinians who run over 3-month-old babies and Israelis who shoot those who run over 3-month-old babies.
Here’s the initial Associated Press headline: “Israeli police shoot man in East Jerusalem.”
Yes, that was the actual headline. Which is like AP headline the Canadian terror attack, “Canadian police shoot Muslim in Ottawa.”
So the AP changed the headline: “Car slams into east Jerusalem train station.”
Yes, it was the car, not the Palestinian Muslim terrorist inside the car. CAMERA explained, “there were clearly enough details available at the time, even with the news still in the hazy ‘breaking’ stage, that the inappropriate and misleading headline should never have appeared on the story.”
Seth Mandel at Commentary has surveyed other news outlets for their coverage, and found similarly egregious anti-Jewish bias. The BBC’s headline: “Jerusalem car ‘attack’ kills baby at rail station.” Why is “attack” scare-quoted? Well, because Jews were involved. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said, “The Israelis are currently looking into the incident. We are in touch with them and we’ll see what more information we can get, also urge all sides to exercise restraint and maintain calm.” Restraint and calm. After a terrorist attack.
How about Newsweek? “Police Call Car Crash That Killed Baby in Jerusalem a ‘Terrorist Attack.'” The Middle East Monitor: “Netanyahu Blames Abbas For Car Crash In Jerusalem.” Columbus Dispatch: “Baby killed in East Jerusalem as car swerves into crowd.”
And here, by contrast, is the headline from the AFP with regard to Israeli Jews purchasing properties in East Jerusalem: “Jewish settlers take over 10 East Jerusalem homes.” They did not “take over” the homes. They bought them.
Good thing the Palestinian who just crushed a 3-month-old American baby with a car didn’t decide to go into real estate as a Jew. Then the media would have been truly outraged.
Ben Shapiro is Senior Editor-At-Large of Breitbart News and author of the new book, The People vs. Barack Obama: The Criminal Case Against The Obama Administration (Threshold Editions, June 10, 2014). He is also Editor-in-Chief of TruthRevolt.org. Follow Ben Shapiro on Twitter @benshapiro.