According to Islamic Jihad, 17-year-old Dherar al-Kafrini, killed during an Israeli arrest raid in Jenin last night, is one of their own. “Our heroic martyr,” as the Palestinian terrorist organization put it.
For Associated Press, that makes al-Kafrini a prime candidate for a biographical touch up.
Thus, multiple Associated Press captions today about al-Kafrini’s funeral all ignore the fact that Islamic Jihad identified him as one of its fighters. The only biographical information that the news agency provides about al-Kafrini is that he was 17.
“Bring stories to life,” exults AP, even as it buries the inconvenient facts about Palestinian casualties in the proverbial coffin.
A 17-year-old Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli forces during a late Monday raid in the flashpoint West Bank district of Jenin.
Islamic Jihad identified the teenager as Dirar al-Kafrayni, and said he was a member of the group and “our heroic martyr”.
Not only does AP withhold the information from its captions, it also omits it from its news stories.
Hi. It’s Tuesday, so @AP captions omit that Palestinian Islamic Jihad claimed 17-year-old Dherar al-Kafrini as a member & “heroic martyr.” PIJ said so, but AP again covers up for terrorists pic.twitter.com/FyiMRGJOnI
— Tamar Sternthal (@TamarSternthal) August 2, 2022
CAMERA has contacted the news agency asking editors to update the captions and news stories to include the fact that Al-Kafrini was a member of Islamic Jihad. Stay tuned for any updates.
Meanwhile, Times of Israel responded promptly when notified that its coverage lacked information about Al-Khalifi’s Islamic Jihad membership. After initially neglecting to note the affiliation, the updated article now states:
Islamic Jihad identified the teenager as Dirar al-Kafrayni, 17, and said he was a member of the group and “our heroic martyr.”