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Israeli official says media reports empowering terrorists: ‘It’s what terror uses’

Israel’s special envoy for combating antisemitism slammed recent media coverage that “rushed” to put Israel “on the docket of the accused” after Hamas launched war on the nation. 

“The irresponsibility of making [false] statements … whether it’s in mainstream media or anybody’s sort of echo chamber, we saw what that led to in the entire world,” Israel’s Michal Cotler-Wunsh told Fox News Digital in an interview this week. 

“We see demonstrations, not just in the streets of New York, Melbourne and Europe. We see demonstrations in the Arab world that took that piece of misinformation, disinformation, false information and channeled it to absolutely launch a continued attack on our shared humanity and on civilization.” 

Cotler-Wunsh serves as Israel’s special envoy for combating antisemitism and reacted to recent U.S. news coverage of a blast at a Gaza hospital that killed hundreds of people Tuesday. Some initial headlines pinned blame on Israel for carrying out an attack that killed civilian Palestinians, including young children, taking shelter at the hospital. 

 

“It doesn’t matter if it’s through mainstream channels or on social media platforms, [the moment people] don’t call out false moral equivalency, what that does is actually empower the war of terror on civilization,” she said. “It’s what terror uses. It uses fear and distrust and disinformation. Those are part of its weapons. And I would expect more of journalistic ethics. Absolutely. And fact checking.” 

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