CBSN: Palestinians Fired 100s of Rockets At “Israel’s Military”

Nov. 22 Update:

In response to communication from CAMERA staff and members, CBSN commendably aired the following correction on Nov. 21: "In our report on Nov. 14 we said that Palestinians had fired hundreds of rockets at Israel's military. In fact, the rockets were fired into Israel including several cities and civilians targets."

In a report yesterday about the resignation of Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, CBSN falsely reported that in this week's round of violence, "Palestinians have fired hundreds of rockets at Israel's military." In fact, Palestinians fired several hundreds rockets at scores of Israeli communities – not Israel's military – targeting civilians across the country's south.

A Cornet anti-tank missile which hit a bus which had carried soldiers was an exception to the Palestinian barrage, in which civilians were the targets. Particularly hard hit was the southern city of Ashkelon, where homes were destroyed and one civilian was killed, but smaller communities along the border also were not spared, and were likewise targeted, forcing their residents to flee for protected spaces. They include villages like Ofakim, Maslul, Peduim, Rennen, Ohad, Tzohar, Sde Nitzan, Talmei Eliyahu, Eshbol, Zru'ah, Mabu'im, Nir Moshe, Nir Akiva, Kelachim, Shevi Darom, Givolim, Sderot, Nachal Oz, Omer, Lakia, and many more.

CBS's own Charlie D'Agata reported from the scene in Ashkelon, documenting the relentless attacks against the southern city. Hamas itself made no secret of the fact that it was deliberately targeting civilian population centers, as opposed to military sites. As CBS itself earlier reported:

Earlier Tuesday, the armed wing of Hamas threatened to step up its attacks and fire rockets further north toward the Israeli cities of Ashdod and Beersheba if Israel continued its airstrikes. (Emphasis added.)

CAMERA has contacted CBS to request a correction making clear that Palestinians fired hundreds of rockets targeting Israeli towns, villages and cities, not Israel's military. Stay tuned for an update.