The Guardian corrects Tel Aviv terror attack headline that ‘implied Israel was at fault’

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The Guardian corrects Tel Aviv terror attack headline that ‘implied Israel was at fault’

The original headline on the newspaper's website was branded "disgraceful".

Two headlines from The Guardian relating to same attack. Screenshot 8 April AM (Screengrab)
Two headlines from The Guardian relating to same attack. Screenshot 8 April AM (Screengrab)

The Guardian has corrected the headline on its report of the Tel Aviv terror attack from “Israeli forces kill Palestinian after Tel Aviv shooting leaves two dead” to “Israel: two dead after gunman opens fire in Tel Aviv bar”, after complaints that the newspaper was implying “Israel is at fault”.

The Board of Deputies announced it would be submitting a formal complaint against The Guardian’s original headline and blasted the publication for its “disgraceful” coverage.

It said: “A Palestinian terrorist murdered two people and injured many others. How can any self-respecting publication invert the story to imply that Israel is at fault here? Disgraceful from The Guardian”.

It added: “We will be submitting a formal complaint to yet another self-regulated media outlet that has a long and problematic record when it comes to coverage on Israel and urge others to do the same.”

Lior Haiat, spokesperson for Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said: “Such a headline not only provides unintentional legitimacy to terrorism but it is also false, showing a low level of journalism.”

Last night, a Palestinian gunman opened fire in central Tel Aviv along Dizengoff Street, killing two Tomer Morad, 28, and Eytam Magini, 27, and hospitalising eight, in Israel’s fourth terror attack in two weeks.

Following a manhunt, the Palestinian gunman, was shot dead by Israeli security services.

Jewish News has contacted The Guardian for comment.

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