Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Bennett Censured Shows Victim in BBC Interview
pointing out a slew of headlines and stories downplaying or otherwise misrepresenting the attack.media coverage of this morning's massacre at a Jerusalem synagogue has already come in for some criticism, with media watchdogs already
Four people were murdered and eight others wounded, four of them seriously, when two terrorists stormed Kehillat Bnai Torah Yeshiva Synagogue during morning prayers Tuesday.
Harrowingfrom the scene men still wrapped in bloodied prayer shawls, their tefillin (phylacteries) scattered on the floor.
In a BBC news interview following the attack, responding to a Palestinian spokesperson who railed about "Jewish murderers" in Jerusalem,Economics Minister Naftali Bennett (Jewish Home) sought to put the record straight.
Echoing other Israeli leaders, he blamed Palestinian Authority head Mahmoud Abbas for inciting attacks such as the one this morning.
"Abu Mazen himself incites and tells the Arab 'take arms, fight the Jews'," Bennett said, in ato several statements in recent weeks in which Abbas called on Palestinians to use violence.
Bennett then produced a picture of one of the victim's murdered in this morning's attack, in an attempt tohis point.
"This individual came this morning to pray just like many Muslims and many Jews went to pray this morning. The Muslims went home safe but four Jews will never come home again."
His interviewer was less than pleased with the visual aid - despite it being no more graphic than countless other images of injured Palestinians regularly given airtime. "Sorry we don't want to actually see that picture, could you take that down," she said.
Taking to Facebook after the interview, Bennett said his actions during the interview were a response to the previous interviewee's provocative remarks.
"Yes, I will show this, Mrs. British interviewer," read the statement.
"Now in an interview with the BBC I went on after a Palestinian spokesperson, who told of Jewish murderers in Jerusalem (!)
"I showed the interviewer who is murdering whom. She requested I stop showing the picture. I will never stop."