CBS News headline for Jerusalem attack
CBS changes 'outrageous, biased' headline from Jerusalem terror attack after Israeli government pressure

The head of Israel's Government Press Office (GPO), Nitzan Chen, said Wednesday that Israel will consider revoking GPO cards from international media outlets that give distorted headlines about attacks on Israelis.

Chen's comments came after US news network CBS News published a controversial headline about the combined shooting and stabbing attack at Jerusalem's Damascus gate entrance to the Old City that killed one female police officer and injured a second. All three attackers were shot dead by security forces. They have been identified as Palestinians from the areas of Jenin and Qabatiya in the West Bank.

In a Facebook post, Chen wrote that "earlier today [Wednesday] CBS gave headline to Jerusalem terror attack: '3 Palestinians killed as daily violence grinds on'."

"This time we won't sit in silence, we'll consider revoking press cards from journalists and editors who are neglectful in their jobs, and give headlines that are the opposite from the reality," he wrote.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry denounced the headline as "outrageous, biased and incorrect."

Following Foreign Ministry, PMO and GPO pressure, the headline was changed to "Israeli police kill 3 Palestinian attackers," and later to "Palestinians attack 2 Israeli officers before being killed."

A wave of Palestinian knife, gun and car-ramming attacks erupted in October. Most of the attacks have been stabbings, although there have also been occasional shootings.

This is not the first time during the latest round of violence that Israel has criticized international media outlets for showing alleged bias with their headlines.

Chen issued a stern warning to the BBC in October following outrage over the station's online coverage of a deadly terrorist attack in Jerusalem in which two people were killed and three more, including a toddler, were injured.

The attacker - a 19-year-old law student and Islamic Jihad member, stabbed to death 21-year-old Aharon Benita and critically wounded his wife. The couples 2-year-old son was also hurt in the attack.

An additional man, Nehemia Lavi, who rushed to the family's help, was also killed.

The attacker then grabbed Lavi's gun and opened fire on nearby police, who shot him to death.

The BBC however, ran its initial story regarding the attack with a headline which read "Palestinian shot dead after Jerusalem attack kills two."

Following outrage over the inaccurate depiction of events on social media, the channel later changed its headline to "Jerusalem: Palestinian kills two Israelis in Old City."

GPO head Nitzan Hen harshly criticized the BBC for its biased reporting Sunday.

"There is a limit to the lack of objectivity in press coverage, and this time we are talking about an outrageous title, which reminds one of the headline given by the CNN TV station after the slaughter at the synagogue in Har Nof, which introduced the attack as 'an attack on an Israeli mosque,'" said Hen Saturday night.

"While the BBC corrected its title later this evening, tomorrow I intend to reprimand the head of their office in Israel and to warn him directly that we do not intend to let this pass unchallenged," he added.

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  • J Go
    February 05th 2016 - 04:21pm

    Michael Farmer: you appear to be incredibly naive and ill informed.

  • Neil Gordon
    February 05th 2016 - 01:25am

    Entice?? the science behind headlines is not to entice but to frame the article's content. many people read papers by headlines alone and such a misleading (yes, misleading) headline does not frame the events accurately and factually.

    I'm not entirely sure what you mean by "Ironic that Israel, who cry 'misleading', has created a history of its own for consumption by its citizens", but if you're implying that Israel also creates 'misleading' headlines, then I'm guessing you're referring to the Haaretz newspaper.

  • Michael Farmer
    February 04th 2016 - 08:12pm

    Neil, the headline omits full info., it doesn't mislead .... headlines are there to entice you to the article.

  • Michael Farmer
    February 04th 2016 - 08:09pm

    Neil, the headline omits full information ... it doesn't mislead ... they are headlines, not there to inform ... they're there to entice you to the article.

    Ironic that Israel, who cry 'misleading', has created a history of its own for consumption by its citizens.

  • James Spackman
    February 04th 2016 - 03:31pm

    what war crimes would that be Farmer? would they be the same that HAMAS is committing by firing over 11.000 unguided rockets into Israel, designated to kill as many jews as possible..whether it be IDF, or men women and child citizens,, The fIring of unguided missiles into civilian areas is a war crime......The war crimes of Hamas are uncountable, public executions with just summary appeals, forcing residents to stay in their homes which they know are going to be targeted,underground tunnels with the sole purpose of killing jews, executing opposition members, inciting people to murder innocent jews, stabbing to death jewish mothers, stabbing pregnant jewish women, driving cars, trucks bulldozers etc at civilians with the intent to murder, hurling missiles at cars causing death and injuries to innocent men women and children, slaughtering worshipers at prayer in a synagogue, hurling rocks, petrol bombs etc at visitors to the temple mount, placing bombs in markets, shops, etc. shooting to death a jewish father and mother in front of their 4 children in a car, stabbing a jewish woman, and as she lay on the ground pleading for her life, the muslim attacker spat in her face.

    are these the crimes you talk about Farmer??
    You never ever comment when a muslim commits an attrocity against a jew..But as soon as a jew does some wrong to a muslim, you hop up and down like a demented dervish.
    We all know you are a jew hating lying bigot, employed as a moderator by i24news Farmer,,, so get of your high horse you prick

  • Neil Gordon
    February 04th 2016 - 01:17pm

    So you don't think the headline is misleading then? Well, obviously not... You obviously don't bother to research the many cases where IDF soldiers are put on trial and in some cases jailed. If Israel is guilty of war crimes, then so is every other country in the world.

  • Michael Farmer
    February 04th 2016 - 12:02pm

    Not content with holding internal enquiries into any allegations against itself for war-crimes Israel now seeks to suppress press reports. What a despicable state the Jewish homeland has become ....... a 'stain' not a 'light' upon the world.

  • Beauchard
    February 03rd 2016 - 08:52pm

    Israel "reprimands" and "considers" sanctions, but eventually does nothing. So the "outrageous, biased" headlines will continue. Just like they did after the previous reprimands and threats by the Israeli government.
    It is time to stop moaning and to start revoking the GPO cards from international media outlets that give distorted headlines about attacks on Israelis.
    Jewish lives do matter.