Palestine-Israel: the NYT, the BBC and the AFP criticized for having “shamelessly” framed the funeral clashes of journalist Abu Akleh
LONDON: Analysts, journalists and more criticized “inaccurate” and “misleading” headlines and tweets published by Western outlets such as the New York Times, BBC and AFP regarding Palestinian American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh and the clashes that followed during his funeral procession.
Shocking scenes of violence erupted at Abu Akleh’s funeral when Israeli police charged at mourners carrying the journalist’s coffin through Jerusalem’s Old City. Police forces charged into the crowd carrying the coffin, kicking and hitting the carriers with batons.
Tear gas shells and rubber bullets were thrown at chanting mourners in an attempt to stop them from raising Palestinian flags in the Old City.
“Funeral of Shireen Abu Akleh sees clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinian mourners in Jerusalem,” read a headline from the New York Times on Friday, which has been criticized for “shamelessly equating victims with attackers.” tweeted journalist and commentator Eyad Abu Chakra.
Shamelessly equating the victims with the aggressors!!!! https://t.co/LVXihRA3n1
— إياد أبو شقرا (@eyad1949) May 14, 2022
And The New York Times was not the only publication to be criticized, with the BBC tweeting that “violence erupted” at the funeral of the slain Al-Jazeera journalist as her coffin was “shoved as the Israeli police and Palestinians clashed as she left the hospital.”
“Israeli occupation forces attacked the funeral procession, beat the mourners, knocked his coffin to the ground and the BBC tweeted one of the worst obfuscations of Israeli violence to date,” Sana Saeed tweeted. AJ+.
“The Israeli police and the Palestinians clashed”
His coffin was “shoved”
Israeli occupying forces attacked the funeral procession, beat mourners, knocked his coffin to the ground and the BBC tweeted one of the worst obfuscations of Israeli violence to date. pic.twitter.com/tW61Bj9oNE
—Sana Saeed (@SanaSaeed) May 13, 2022
Bassam Khawaja, co-director of the Human Rights and Privatization Project at New York University Law School, called the tweet “essentially BBC misinformation.”
“I don’t know how you go from what has been widely recognized as a one-sided attack on a funeral procession to ‘violence erupts’.”
This is basically disinformation from the BBC.
I don’t know how you go from what has been widely recognized as a one-sided attack on a funeral procession to “violence erupts.” https://t.co/kwhLKTmXQ3
— Bassam Khawaja (@Bassam_Khawaja) May 13, 2022
Another tweeter, Kira Davidson, wrote: “Western media really spoke for themselves throughout their coverage of Shireen Abu Akleh’s murder and funeral. To call it anything other than violent repression in favor of apartheid is a grave injustice to his memory and his work as a journalist, and a failure in reporting.
The Western media has really spoken for itself throughout its coverage of Shireen Abu Akleh’s murder and funeral. To call it anything other than violent repression in favor of apartheid is a grave injustice to his memory and his work as a journalist, and a failure in reporting. https://t.co/8P9LOkK4u7
—Kira Davidson (@kiradvds) May 14, 2022
Even Western media reports of Abu Akleh’s cold-blooded murder were grossly inaccurate.
“Shireen Abu Akleh, Pioneering Palestinian Journalist, Dies at 51,” read the New York Times article on her death. Abu Akleh was shot in the head while covering an Israeli raid in Jenin; she wore a press jacket.
— Bassam Khawaja (@Bassam_Khawaja) May 11, 2022
“This reads like an obituary for someone who died in bed. There is no world in which this is acceptable, and it happens over and over again,” Khawaja wrote in another tweet. .
“I understand that we don’t have all the facts yet. And keep in mind that editors, not reporters, write the headlines. But that wording was a deliberate choice, and it blatantly misrepresents what happened today.
Jewish Voice for Peace, a human rights organization, posted on its Instagram account a more precise rewording of the headline: “Shireen Abu Akleh, Pioneering Palestinian Journalist, Killed by Israeli Sniper While Wearing a Vest newspaper and was reporting on Israeli military violence.