Not every Moslem and /or Arab in Israel is automatically Palestinian but what about P alestinians living in the Palestinian authority ?

Confused ? join the club 

Should we not expect a trusted  news agency  Like CNN to have a clear idea of what they are reporting BEFORE they report it?

It is always interesting to note what people first notice when reading a new report of a terror attack.

I first saw a  photo of a beautiful young girl whose life was just beginning and it did not matter whatever nationality she was , it was a loss of a beautiful girl with many years and  celebrations to look forward to but one gun man put an end to all her plans and left her and many others dead, because he could , and no one stopped him , then came the CNN reports and changed her identity too. 


Honest reporting; an organistion that is fighting to expose media bias found the recent terror attack in Istanbul reported by CNN defining an Arab citizen of Israel as a palestinian, contrary to the definition of a palestinian, it is not every Moslem who is in the territory of Israel. It might be confusing but would we not expect experienced reporters to be careful regarding definitions ?

Apparently there are people who are unaware that an Israeli can be Moslem , jew or Christian or Buddhist , and a palestinian is someone who lives under the  rule of the palestinian authority ; not every Moslem Arab is a palestinian .

My maternal grandparents had  palestinian  passports by the way, issued to them when they arrived in the British mandate of the land of Israel before1948  . so under that definition am i a palestinian  according to the CNN ? if not, why not?


Thanks to our many readers who took action and complained to CNN, the story has been updated. Leanne Nasser is now accurately and appropriately described as a “citizen of Israel” in the sub-header and photo caption.

The story text, however, still refers to Nasser as a “Palestinian from the town of Tira.” We will continue to request that CNN also changes this.

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The appalling New Year terror attack at an Istanbul nightclub claimed at least 39 lives and left scores of injured. Among the dead is 19 year old Israeli, Leanne Nasser.

Her death is a national tragedy and Israel’s Foreign Ministry has done its utmost to support its citizens who have been caught up in this horrible terrorist attack, including some of Leanne Nasser’s friends.

While Israel treats its citizens equally, this evidently doesn’t fit CNN‘s framing of the country judging by its report on Leanne’s murder.

Leanne Nasser was a citizen of Israel. Period.

While many Arab citizens of Israel self-define in a variety of ways depending on how they view their multiple identities, it is not for CNN to define Nasser or any other Arab-Israelis / Israeli Arabs as a “Palestinian citizen of Israel.”

Neither we nor CNN know how Leanne Nasser defined herself.

This terminology is employed by anti-Israel activists and Palestinian extremists as a way of deliberately driving a wedge between Jewish and Arab citizens of Israel. Given that Israeli authorities have not made any issue of Leanne Nasser’s ethnicity, it is implausible that any Foreign Ministry officials would have described her as a “Palestinian citizen of Israel.” We confirmed with MFA spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon that this was not the language used by the MFA.

And what’s more, CNN has listed 13 other countries whose nationals were murdered in the terror attack. Yet only one state is the ethnic identity of its citizen focused on.cnn020117cnn020117ii.jpg


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