A man in his 40’s was moderately injured in a terror attack on a Jerusalem bus yesterday. The victim was hospitalized with multiple stab wounds. The terrorist was neutralized by a local news photographer. It was the second terrorist stabbing in as many weeks. How does the international community responded to these assaults on Israeli civilians?
While this terror attack made all the headlines in Israel, much of the rest of the world ignored it. The BBC is more interested in what is happening in Iran than in Israel and the Palestinian Authority. The headlines of the BBC Middle East section focused on Putin’s visit to Iran, a new Iranian law that could land pet owners in jail, an Iranian mosque suffering damaged during restoration work, and the sentencing of an Iranian filmmaker. For the BBC, the maiming of an Israeli man by a Palestinian terrorist is just not important.
Le Monde similarly did not care about the recent terror attack in Israel. They noted instead that Russia is holding talks with Turkey and Iran about the war in Ukraine, that an Iranian filmmaker is going to prison, that the leader of the United Arab Emirates visited France, and ongoing commentary over Joe Biden’s visit to Israel and Saudi Arabia. They did not deem it important to cover the maiming of an Israeli man by a Palestinian terrorist.
CNN right now is focused almost exclusively on Biden’s trip to Saudi Arabia in their Middle East section. However, their lead stories are focused on Sri Lanka, China and Putin. This means that the Middle East right now is not a priority for CNN, hence why they refrained from covering the recent terror attack in Jerusalem.
The same can be said about the Washington Post, which right now is focusing on Sri Lanka, the gas crisis in Germany, the swearing-in of the first African American Marine General, Ukraine, China, the heat crisis in Europe and other issues that having nothing to do with the Middle East. For this reason, they are apathetic about the recent terror attack in Jerusalem. This fuels the perception that America is withdrawing from the Middle East to the point that US media barely cover what happens here.
The same goes for the Middle Eastern countries as well. Turkey’s Hurriyet Daily News aside from the discussions between Russia, Turkey and Iran over the war in Syria is not really focused on the greater Arab world right now. Today’s headlines in Huriyet focus on the heat wave in Europe, the assault of the Turkish Consul’s vehicle in Germany, the Turkish opposition condemning the government over their stance on the Istanbul Convention, and the tensions between Turkey and Greece. They don’t really care what is happening in the rest of the Middle East right now at all.
Interestingly, it appears that the greater Arab world is also not really interested in what is happening between the Palestinians and Israel. In the past, whenever a terror attack occurred in Israel, Al Jazeera would attack Israel for going after the terrorist of an “alleged attack.” However, in this instance, Al Jazeera was also silent. They preferred to discuss what is happening in Syria, Sudan, Iran and Ukraine rather than what is going on between Palestinians and Israelis.
The same can be said about Al Arabiya, Dubai’s news channel. Today’s headlines focus on the Hajj in Saudi Arabia, Putin’s trip to Iran, Ukraine, ISIS killing six Iraqi policemen, poverty in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, crimes committed by the Houthis in Yemen and similar stories. For Al Arabiya, the Palestinian issue is old news and they seek to move on.
Ayoob Kara, who served as Israel’s Communication, Cyber and Satellite Minister under Netanyahu, thinks that the world is making a mistake by ignoring what happens here:
“The world must understand that terror is not against Israel alone. If there was not Israel here, it could be in New York or London. The ideology, motivation and agenda of the Islamist terror is that Islamization is the solution. Now they attacked us because they are close to us. But Iran, which stands behind all of this terror, thinks that the solution is to occupy the Middle East, including the Sunni nations, and then they will move to the west.”
For this reason, the world ignores what happens here at its peril.