Israel to File Complaint Against CNN Claim British/Israeli Dee Family Members ‘Killed in a Shootout’

CNN is to receive a formal letter of complaint from Israel after host Christiane Amanpour
Courtesy Prime Minister's Office

CNN is to receive a formal letter of complaint from Israel after host Christiane Amanpour claimed murdered members of the holidaying Dee family were “killed in a shootout.”

“The mother and two Israel-British sisters – they were killed in a shootout,” Amanpour said in her report, seemingly implying there was a two-way exchange of gunfire rather than a Palestinian terror attack on unarmed civilians.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry confirmed it is working on a complaint to the broadcaster after a source saw a draft of the letter, the Jerusalem Post reported.

As Breitbart News set out, 48-year-old mother of five Lucy Dee and her two daughters were on a holiday drive through northern Samaria to visit the city of Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee when terrorist gunmen ambushed their car, forcing it off the road and then raking it with bullets.

Dee’s daughters Maia, 20, and Rina, 15, were killed in the attack while their mother died later in hospital.

The husband and three children of Lucy Dee, 45, a British-Israeli woman who died of her injuries three days after a Palestinian gun attack in which two of her daughters were also killed, mourn by her body during her funeral at the Kfar Etzion settlement cemetery in the occupied West Bank, on April 11, 2023.(MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP via Getty Images)

Israel was quick to move and eliminate the three terrorists responsible.

Two suspects in the killings were identified as members of terrorist group Hamas while a third man accused of helping them were killed in a joint operation in the West Bank city of Nablus by the army, police and Shin Bet security service.

Israeli troops recovered two M-16 rifles and an AK-47 from the apartment where the terrorists were holed up.

Dee was laid to rest just two days after her daughters were buried in another emotional funeral.

Rabbi Leo Dee, husband and father of the victims, told media watchdog HonestReporting on Tuesday he demands an apology from CNN.

“This is the perfect example of ‘terror journalism,’ where you have moral equivalence between the terrorist and victim,” Dee said, according to the Post report.

“This type of journalism perpetuates the conflict in the Middle East,” he added. “The real cycle of violence is a comment like this followed by a terrorist atrocity and then more of the same.”

CNN is yet to respond to the call for an apology and correction to the original report.

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