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How the British Media Covered Omar Misharawi’s Death

The damage done by the now iconic image of Misharawi clutching his slain child can not be ameliorated by even the clearest retractions.
Jihad Masharawi weeps holding the body of his 11-month old son after Israeli air strikes on Gaza

The Independent. On Nov. 15 The Independent published a piece by Amol Rojan titled ’11-month-old son of BBC picture editor is killed in Gaza air strike‘.  The relevant passages in the report are a bit vague, and only suggest causation, but the title alone, informing readers that Omar was killed by an airstrike, clearly implies Israel was to blame.

Corrections: The Indy has published two corrections: One by Alistair Dawber on March 12 titled ‘UN clears Israel and says errant Hamas rocket probably killed baby in Gaza,’ and a second shorter piece on the same day titled ‘Hamas rocket killed baby in Gaza’.

The Times. On Nov. 15 The Times published ‘Israelis turn on officials after three die in Hamas strike,’ by Sheera Frenkel (behind paywall). Here is the relevant passage:

One of the Palestinian dead was Ahmed Masharawi, the 11-month-old baby son of Jihad Masharawi, a picture editor for the BBC’s Arabic Service. An Israeli missile hit the family’s home in Gaza City, and Ahmed was pronounced dead in Shifa Hospital

On Nov. 16 The Times also published ‘Tel Aviv within reach of Hamas rockets,’ by Sheera Frenkel, (behind paywall).  Here are the relevant passages.

Meanwhile Israeli tanks, drones, Apache helicopters, warplanes and gunboats were firing into the densely populated Palestinian territory where so far 13 Palestinians, including seven militants and two children, are confirmed to have died and more than 100 to have been injured.

One of the Palestinian dead was Ahmed Masharawi, the 11-month-old baby son of Jihad Masharawi, a picture editor for the BBC’s Arabic Service. An Israeli missile hit the family’s home in Gaza City, and Ahmed was pronounced dead in Shifa Hospital

Corrections: None.

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About the Author: Adam Levick serves as Managing Editor of CiF Watch, an affiliate of the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA), and is a member of the Online Antisemitism Working Group for the Global Forum to Combat Antisemitism. Adam made Aliyah from Philadelphia in 2009 and lives with his wife in Modi'in.


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2 Responses to “How the British Media Covered Omar Misharawi’s Death”

  1. I'm ashamed to have a British passport. Britain is showing its teeth very clearly against Israel, but keep on publicising the facts. Some of it may just be carelessness, or jumping to the most obvious conclusion.

  2. I'm ashamed to have a British passport. Britain is showing its teeth very clearly against Israel, but keep on publicising the facts. Some of it may just be carelessness, or jumping to the most obvious conclusion.

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