Germany and Israel had very similar terrorist attacks, but media headlines couldn’t be any more different

In December, a man drove a truck through a crowded Christmas market in Berlin, Germany. At least nine people were killed, and over 50 were injured.

CNN was quick to condemn the incident as an act of  terror:

On Sunday, Israel suffered a similar attack when a man drove a truck into a group of Israeli soldiers at a popular tourist spot in Jerusalem. Four soldiers, all in their early 20s, were killed and at least 15 were injured — some even had to be extricated from under the truck.

Surveillance footage captured the attack and shows that after the driver plows into the group of soldiers, he reverses back into them. This second attack seems to eliminate the theory that this was an accidental act.

 Unlike its coverage of the “terrorist attack” in Berlin, CNN called the horrifying encounter a “vehicular attack”:

But CNN wasn’t the only media outlet to demonstrate a stark contrast between its word choices for the attacks in Berlin and Israel, and people noticed:

The New York Times:

When the New York Times first reported the Berlin attack, the byline quickly identified it as a “suspected terror attack.”

In the description of what happened in Israel, the Times referenced it as an “episode.” It was stated that police called it an “act of terrorism” but didn’t seem to call the act “terrorism” themselves.

ABC News:

ABC News called the Berlin attack an “assault,” which implied it was intended violence.

When it comes to Israel, a truck simply “runs over” a group of soldiers, which may open up people’s minds to wonder if it was an accident. It also seems to shift blame to the “truck” instead of the person driving the truck.

The attack in Jerusalem occurred in the “Old City,” which was recently blasted by the United Nations for alleged “illegal settlements” by Israel. The four victims will be laid to rest this week.


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