In response to communication from CAMERA’s Israel office, the Associated Press today commendably amended incomplete captions which had initially only stated that Palestinian Haitham Shuham was shot dead by Israeli troops while failing to report why. AP’s Nov. 19 captions had initially neglected to note that troops fatally shot the 17-year-old dead after he smashed a hammer into a soldier’s face, wounding him. Several of the multiple captions which had erased the fatality’s violent attack which led to his own death follow:
Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian teenager in the occupied West Bank on Thursday after the military said he hit a soldier in the face with a hammer. . . .
The military said the soldier was lightly wounded during the confrontation in the West Bank. It said the Palestinian was carrying a hammer as well as a knife, and circulated pictures of both. The Palestinian Health Ministry identified the deceased as Haitham Mubarak, 17. It did not provide any further information.
CAPTION ADDITION – ADDS COMMENT FROM ISRAELI ARMY – Mourners carry the body of Palestinian Haitham Shuman, 17 years old, into the family home in the West Bank city of Beitunia, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. The Palestinian Health Ministry said that Israeli forces shot and killed Haitham near the village of Beitin, in the occupied West Bank on Sept. 8, 2022 and detained his body. Israel released the body last Friday. The Israeli army said Shuman attacked a soldier with a hammer before he was shot and killed. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)
Another day, another case of @AP covering up Palestinian violence. AP captions omit: @IDF killed Haitham Shuman *as he attacked & wounded a soldier w/hammer.* See wire story’s own coverage from Sept. 8 attack: https://t.co/0uFU6x7dYu pic.twitter.com/32wrf31Tg9
— Tamar Sternthal (@TamarSternthal) November 20, 2022