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Omitting anti-Israel terror
The (UK) Sun has a roundup of Islamic terrorism 'across the world over the last decade' -- complete with map. Guess which Mideast country that has absorbed hundreds of attacks during this period does not appear in the Sun's account?
** UPDATE ** In apparent response to this HR critique, The Sun's page now includes this statement:
We have not included the unforgivable Palestinian terror attacks and suicide bombings in Israel due to their sheer number.
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Why isn't the Hezbollah bombing of the Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires on the map?
Unfortunately anti Zionism/anti Semitism/anti Israelism is so deeply ingrained into the British cultural and political psyche that despite the carnage in London last week, terror against Israeli Jews will never register as terror in the eyes of much of the Untied Kingdom. The carnage last week will not make the avergae British person even a bit more sympathetic to what Isrel has had to endure.
I hope you take this issue up with the Sun. This is such a classic example of media bias and unfair treatment of Israel!
I would love to hear the Sun's justification for this!
This doesn't just belong in your blog, this should be a front page issue!
The Sun's page now states the following:
We have not included the unforgivable Palestinian terror attacks and suicide bombings in Israel due to their sheer number:
Is that a recent addition?
In general the sun is very pro israel in its editorial and coverage
While I was angered that the Sun failed to include the bombings in Israel from the beginning, and that they are now trying to cover their butts by their recent addition, please note that they are referring to Palestinian attacks as terror attacks. Whether this is a stance or whether they are trying to appease those responsible people who will deem the horrific terrorism in Israel what it really is, the Sun has acknowledged it for what it is: acts of unforgivable Palestinian terror.
Odd, I don't see Nigeria, Sudan or the Philippines on the map either...
Nor Moscow, nor Chechnya...
By that standard, a few more attacks in London would lead to its deletion from the map.
It actually goes back further, to 1968, when Palestinian Sirhan Sirhan murdered Robert F. Kennedy.
Even more egregious: why no mention of Iraq for crying out loud?!?!?!
I think this was (a) a goof on the Sun's part (b) just how the world seems not to notice terror attacks in Israel - it happens so often that it's just 'everyday news'.
That said, the Sun has been pretty strident in condeming terror in Israel and has been overall a friend of the State of Israel.
In this instance it was a mistake, but not fair to say that it was due to anti-semetism, anti-Zionism, etc. (This is not the Guardian or the Independent we are talking about here). Give the Sun a pass on this one.