The names of Lucy Dee, and her daughters Maia, 20, and Rina, 15, who was killed in a Palestinian terror attack when they were traveling in their car over Passover, were omitted from the article, and a dull title in the New York Times covered up the tragedy.
“It is a gripping, heartbreaking tale. And yet The New York Times didn’t call attention to the most recent murders in its ambiguous headline, which merely noted “tensions,” according to a recent analysis by Gilead Ani, a senior researcher at CAMERA. Only four paragraphs of the story’s 35 total were devoted to the attack, which was not reported on in any way close to its significance.
The Times covered Palestinian cuisine three times in recent months, including on the day of the Dee sisters’ funeral, as the CAMERA research pointed out.
When we hear more from sisters Tala and Galia Abu Hussein about how their mother plated the rice, chicken, and veggies than we do from any member of the Dee family about the terror that tore them apart, it raises concerns about the newspaper’s priorities, Ani wrote.
He continued by pointing out that the Times’ headlines about Palestinian assaults frequently employ the passive form (“West Bank Erupts in Violence as Officials Pledge to Work for Calm,”
“At Least 2 Dead as Driver Rams Bus Stop in East Jerusalem,” and “At Least 7 Killed in Attack in Jewish Area of East Jerusalem”). However, the headlines always present when discussing Israel: “Israeli Raid on West Bank City Kills Nine Palestinians, Officials Say” and “Israeli Raid Kills at Least 5 Palestinians in West Bank.”