Haaretz Amends Headline on Suspected Arsonist

In response to communication from CAMERA’s Israel office, Haaretz‘s English edition today amended a subheadline which irrelevantly reported that a suspected arsonist had been a resident of a West Bank facility while simultaneously omitting the salient fact that she had just escaped from a mental institution.

The headline and sub-headline stated: “Israeli Suspected of Arson as Firefighters Battle Jerusalem-Area Blaze: Resident of West Bank settlement arrested after blaze breaks out near Beit Shemesh, weeks after a mega-fire devastated parts of the Jerusalem Hills.”
As the article itself states in the second paragraph: The suspect had escaped a mental institution, according to police.”

Firetrucks called to action near Bet Shemesh Oct. 7, 2021 (Photo from Israel’s National Fire and Rescue Authority)

Clearly, the fact that the woman is mentally ill and escaped from a mental institution is much more relevant to the suspected arson than her previous place of residency in a West Bank settlement.
Indeed, following communication from Presspectiva, CAMERA’s Hebrew site, Haaretz‘s Hebrew edition commendably amended its headline Friday to state: “Fire breaks out in Jerusalem hills: A woman who escaped from a secure institution is suspected of the arson.”
Shortly after receiving an email from CAMERA today, editors commendably amended the English subheading to state: “Israeli woman who escaped a mental institution arrested after blaze breaks out near Beit Shemesh . . .”

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