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Reuters Insensitivity

I was shocked and appalled to learn of the conscious stylistic choice on the part of Reuters to refer to a terrorist attack in Israel as, “Israel’s term for a Palestinian strike.” A bomb going off amidst civilians aimed at causing irreparable injury and loss of life surely seems to me to qualify as a “terrorist attack.” If that is not a terrorist attack, then what is it?! Perhaps it should be referred to as a “bag set among civilians that accidentally happened to explode for no apparent reason.”

 

The absurdity of the language you choose to use is astounding. It clearly appears to reflect a political agenda – to minimize the sense of revulsion at a barbaric act committed by Palestinians and instead places the onus on the victims. I certainly hope you reassess and reevaluate your use of the English language. Shame on you.


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Stuart Weinblatt

Rabbi Stuart Weinblatt is the President of the Rabbinic Cabinet of the Jewish Federations of North America. From 2009 - 2014 he served as Director of Israel Policy and Advocacy for the Rabbinical Assembly.
Rabbi Weinblatt is the rabbi of Congregation B'nai Tzedek in Potomac, Maryland, a vibrant Conservative synagogue of 650 families he founded in 1988, along with his wife and a handful of families.