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Subject:  AP takes Palestinians' word at face value Date:  3/1/2006  10:42 AM
Author:  Mitamuna Number:  904272 of 2381070

I noticed something today in a news report by AP regarding the explosion in gaza resulting in the death of the Islamic Jihad commander. AP took the Palestinian police accusations of an IDF strike at face value, even though they were aware of the IDF denial. They completely ignored that IDF routinely takes credit for assassinations it launches.

Israeli air strike kills top military commander of Islamic Jihad: police

Gaza Strip (AP) - An Israeli air strike on a car in Gaza City on Wednesday killed the top commander of the Islamic Jihad's military wing in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian police said.
Khaled Dahdouh, 45, was targeted in the attack, Palestinian police said. The Israeli military, which frequently carries out pinpointed attacks against militants in Gaza, said it was not involved.

If you notice, AP states in the following paragraph.

“In the Gaza air strike, Dahdouh's car was incinerated as it traveled over a speed bump. Hospital officials said two other people were wounded.”

Effectively, they're ignoring the IDF statement and relying solely on the Palestinian claim. They even ignore their own writing, completely discounting the fact that the explosion happened after the car went over a speed bump. Palestinian terrorists have a long history of “work accidents” mishandling explosions. Is it not more likely he was transporting explosives in a careless manner and the speed bump simply was the straw that broke the camel's back?

Then a little further down they again restate the following “factoid”

"The targeted killing was Israel's first since early February, when Israeli air strikes killed two Islamic Jihad members."

Shame on AP for a biased report.


P.S. ( Forwarded my findings to HonestReporting, as I am sure many of you guessed)
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