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Does this look like a scene where Israeli police might have shot "two Palestinian civilians," as CNN claimed?

CNN hit a new low this week by focusing on the deaths of two terrorists in the midst of their killing spree Tuesday morning in Jerusalem.

The news network headlined its report “Israeli police shot dead two Palestinian civilians” to describe the horrific terror attack that left blood flowing in a synagogue.


Terrorists used hatchets, guns and knives to butcher their way through men at morning prayers in the Kehillat Bnei Torah Yeshiva synagogue on Agassi Street in the Har Nof neighborhood.

Shouting “Allah HuAkbar!” the terrorists began by stabbing worshipers before they opened fire. Two police officers fought back; one paid the ultimate price for his bravery.

Yet somehow, a CNN reporter managed to reach the conclusion that “Israeli police shot dead two Palestinian civilians.”

The italics are those of the writer, to emphasize the glaring inaccuracy of the headline which so outraged Samaria Regional Council media relations director Yossi Dagan. But CNN was really batting 1,000 on this one. The first headline to flash over the network was “Deadly attack on Jerusalem mosque.” That was followed by, “4 Israelis, 2 Palestinians Killed in Jerusalem.”

The plain fact is, those two dead terrorists were Israeli Arab cousins from the Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukabar. One of them worked in the nearby grocery store. And but hardly civilians, given their actions.

Dagan has filed a formal complaint with the Government Press Office (GPO) against CNN reporter Ben Wederman who he charges with being responsible for the headline and the network’s distorted coverage of the attack.

“There is no reality elsewhere in the world where journalists can report a terror attack in this style,” Dagan stated. “This rule should also apply to foreign reporters in Israel. There is good and there is bad, there are killers and there are victims.

The media arena in recent years has become an equally important battlefield for Israel and it must use all the tools at its disposal to demand certain baselines in its media coverage. Coverage like this legitimizes the next murder; whoever loses in this, loses the next war as well.”

Hours later, CNN posted a curt apology for the “mistake” :

“As CNN updated its reporting on the terrorist attack on the synagogue in Jerusalem earlier today, our coverage did not immediately reflect the fact that the two Palestinians killed were the attackers.  We erred and regret the mistake.”

The death toll from Tuesday’s murderous rampage rose from four to five by evening, when critically wounded Israeli Druze police officer Zidan Sayif lost his fight for life at Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem. It was 30 year old Sayif who saved numerous others when he engaged the two terrorists in a gun battle, drawing their fire to himself and forcing them to focus on him, rather than continue their slaughter of the worshipers. Sayif is survived by a wife and 4 month old daughter.

Six other male victims were wounded, including two who remain in critical condition, two listed in serious condition, one in fair condition and one in good condition at Shaare Tzedek Medical Center and Hadassah Medical Center, both in Jerusalem.

All four of those who were slaughtered instantly were prominent rabbis in the anglo community. Rabbis Arye Kopinsky, 43, Kalman Levine, 55 and Moshe Twersky, 59, were all American-Israeli dual citizens; Rabbi Avraham Shmuel Goldberg, 68, was a dual British-Israeli national.

All were laid to rest Tuesday afternoon. Police officer Sayif will be laid to rest at 2:00 pm Wednesday in his Galilee village of Yanuch-Jat. May their memories be for a blessing and may God avenge their blood.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.


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  2. when will cnn take a breath, review the information at hand then report,they are disliked in the west too but mostly here because they try to use shock value over nothing,just really bad journalism,i support pulling their credential if they are not neutral in reporting a situation…peace to all…

  3. Four Jews hunted down and murdered inside a Jewish house of worship, during Jewish prayers, in Judaism’s holist city, in the world’s only Jewish nation; yet there will be those that still insist “Anti-Israel” is not anti-Semitic. They will do so to hide their own Jew hate.

  4. I have believed since the beginning that the Palestinians should be moved into Syria away from Israel and make them fend for themselves. All Muslim terrorists might have something else on their minds besides rape, murder, and the killing of innocents if they have to find food and water and take care of themselves. Everyone should cut them off and stop aiding their evil. That includes every country in the world.

  5. Please do. These people need to learn there are consequences for lying covering up and being shady. They hold a great deal of responsibility for this president being elected. Had they told the truth about terror attacks on Benghazi and Fort Hood he may well not have been re-elected. They are showing our children that there is no consequence for lawlessness and dis honesty. Please know that most all true Americans are praying for YOU.

  6. Anti Israel,Antisemitic foreign press should not be allowed to work it's hateful demonetization of Israel while working inside Israel. CNN should not be allowed to continue to work in Isreal. The CNN news team rarely reports the truth. Every thing is slanted or grossly falsified to demonize Israel. They do not need to be in Israel in order to fabricate pro Arab false news. Expell the entire CNN organization.

  7. I stopped watching CNN a long time ago-they get their orders from the WH. Even if some reporters want to report the real news, their hands are tied. This muslim in the WH will never side with israel. He's the reason this has escalated. He's also the reason racism has escalated in the US.

  8. This is not the first time that CNN takes sides and bedly distore the actual facts as they have also done several times during the Gaza conflict by constantly reminiscing on how many Palestinians got killed and somehow they all were civilians and hardly mention that rockets are being fired at Israel. CNN should be barred out of Israel for at least one year and every time they misreport again for a year.

  9. Bottom line….get Ben Weademan OUT of the Middle East as his reporting for CNN is always anti-Israel and anti-Jewish. I recently saw him in the Old City of Jerusalem at the Jaffa Gate laughing at an observant Jew who wanted to pray at the Temple Mount…..nice objective perspective…no more CNN "balanced reporting" which is anything BUT balanced!

  10. Cnn has changed. Cnn does not deliver news anymore, only, sometimes, the distorted views of the "commentators." I used to tune in many hours during the day to get news. Now with the introduction of the ridiculous "talk" shows, I have ttuned out more often then tuning in. I could not stand the constant arguing of the group. Each trying to outshout and out argue the others to get their garbage heard.

  11. CNN is so fortunate. A day does not go by that there is a tragedy in the world and CNN is able to fill the air with the news. They continue to repeat every detail over and over throughout the day until another terrible tragedy occurs. I realize theses reporters have a job to do but they seem to "relish" every word they spout and I'm many cases the word "accuracy" is not in their lexicon. Shame on them.

  12. What shame on this American broadcasting company. They have hidden many facts through the years, particularly about Obama. You should pull their ability to report from your country. We are voting in that direction by their terrible ratings here in USA.

  13. at least with al jeezera you have a good idea who they`re backing from the start,cnn,bbc all the western journalists swear they`re integrity remains on the fact they are neutral,so much for integrity.when something like this happens ancient history plays no part,this is just down right satanic and it seems the islamic tendency is to follow that route,israel has been the watchman of the middle east for near sixty six years and before, crying into the night beware,well we in the west failed to listen and know see the whirlwind coming straight at us,if this does not wake up the west, we are doomed,for crying out these men were praying not plotting war,is no where and nothing sacred any more….

  14. CNN has really been upping the ante in terms of what poor and biased coverage from a "mainstream" news organization can be. Seriously, "Israeli police shot dead two Palestinian civilians" as the headline for the deadliest attack against Israelis in years? Absurd.

  15. all states and countries deserve the right to live in peace and security,all children the have the right to play uninheeded by the rotten cores of centuries of hate,israel was a desert until,they moved their and did something with an old dead dessert.those rabbis were praying for crying out loud,not shooting rockets from mosques,wake up west.

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