When ITV News speculated this week about whether Israel had committed “a possible war crime” during a tragic incident in which a man was shot in Gaza, it had a duty to present the accusation with ironclad evidence.
However, the video it aired — allegedly showing the lethal targeting of a Palestinian civilian walking among a group of people waving a white flag — raises serious questions that the UK news outlet should have asked in advance.
And after the Israeli army denied the report and criticized ITV News for broadcasting what it dismissed as an “extension of Hamas’s propaganda effort,” serious alarm bells should have been ringing over at ITV News about the circumstances surrounding the incident the footage purportedly showed.
According to ITV News, the video was filmed by Mohammed Abu Safia, a Gazan cameraman who works for the network.
The footage was presented without any disclosure telling viewers that it had been edited.
Furthermore, at least one of the video cuts seems to occur at the critical moment when gunshots are heard and people can be seen running away. The editing cut is barely perceptible, and the next frame shows a body on the ground.
The video goes on to show people carrying the body and mourning in what seems to be an active combat zone.
Several key questions arise:
Why was there a cut between the frame showing people running from gunshots and the frame showing a body on the ground?
Can ITV News confirm what happened and how much time elapsed between the two frames?
Did ITV News probe the likelihood of Hamas terrorists in the vicinity who may have been shooting?
Did ITV News rely solely on the eyewitness testimony of the cameraman, and if so, was it him or the network that edited the footage?
The video shows one more person wearing a press vest, who was filming the scene on his phone. Why were journalists in this area to begin with and what were they filming?
Moral vs. Journalistic Authority
These are not agenda-driven questions. They are questions that any journalist should have asked.
But apparently, ITV News was in too much of a rush to promote a “good story” than it was to do journalistic due diligence and investigate before presenting such an inflammatory accusation.
Instead of acknowledging how little information was known about the incident, the network packaged it inside an emotional narrative showing an interview with the victim before he was shot before cutting straight to his anguished wife minutes later.
It also brought two lawyers to support its claims, although we suspect an interview with a video expert might have been money better spent.
ITV News also mentioned the accidental killing of Israeli hostages by IDF soldiers, as though this acts as further proof of the IDF targeting innocent civilians. What a shame the outlet did not balance this with footage of Hamas terrorists wearing civilian clothing and armed with suicide belts as they attempt to blend in with innocent civilians.
Evidence and questions aside, ITV News’ John Irvine felt more than comfortable reaching his conclusion after viewing just three minutes of footage:
I think this strips away at Israel’s moral authority and makes it more difficult for Israel’s allies to support this campaign.
It’s incredible stuff. A supposedly reputable journalist claiming that a dubiously edited clip might prompt Israeli allies to withdraw their support.
As long as the questions above are left unasked and unanswered, the only thing that may be stripped away is the journalistic integrity of ITV News.
The author is a contributor to HonestReporting, a Jerusalem-based media watchdog with a focus on antisemitism and anti-Israel bias — where a version of this article first appeared.
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IDF Announces Major Eyal Shuminov Killed by Anti-Tank Missile in Gaza
i24 News – During a raid on Gaza’s Zeytun neighborhood, Major Eyal Shuminov of the Givati Brigade was tragically killed by an anti-tank missile.
The incident occurred when IDF forces identified a Hamas terrorist on the roof of a building and subsequently eliminated him.
Major Shuminov, a company commander in the Shaked Battalion (424) of the Givati Brigade, hailed from Karmiel and was just 24 years old at the time of his death. The IDF announced that he fell in battle on the 24th of Adar HaSphad (February 24, 2024).
His death marks the loss of 238 IDF soldiers since the start of the ground invasion in Gaza.
Following his death, Major Shuminov was posthumously promoted from the rank of captain to the rank of major. The IDF has extended its condolences to Major Shuminov’s family and pledged to continue supporting them during this difficult time.
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Netanyahu: Cabinet Will Vote on Rafah Operation Next Week
i24 News – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has revealed plans for a cabinet meeting next week to finalize the Israeli Defense Forces’ (IDF) strategy for an operation in Rafah, including the evacuation of civilians from the area.
The decision comes amid ongoing negotiations with Hamas regarding the release of hostages held by the militant group.
In a statement posted on social media platform X on Saturday, Netanyahu emphasized the importance of reaching a new framework for the release of hostages and the completion of the elimination of Hamas battalions in Rafah. He underscored the necessity of a combination of military pressure and diplomatic negotiations to achieve these objectives.
“We are working to obtain another outline for the release of our hostages, as well as the completion of the elimination of the Hamas battalions in Rafah. That is why I sent a delegation to Paris, and tonight, we will discuss the next steps in the negotiations,” Netanyahu stated in his post.
אנו פועלים להשיג מתווה נוסף לשחרור חטופינו, וכן את השלמת חיסול גדודי החמאס ברפיח.
לכן שלחתי משלחת לפריז ונדון הערב בצעדים הבאים במו״מ,
ולכן בתחילת השבוע אכנס את הקבינט לאישור התוכניות המבצעיות לפעולה ברפיח, כולל פינוי האוכלוסייה האזרחית משם.
רק שילוב של לחץ צבאי ומשא ומתן תקיף…
— Benjamin Netanyahu – בנימין נתניהו (@netanyahu) February 24, 2024
The prime minister’s announcement signals a significant escalation in Israel’s approach to the ongoing conflict, with plans for a potential military operation in Rafah gaining momentum.
Netanyahu concluded his statement by reaffirming the government’s determination to achieve its goals in the war, emphasizing the need for a comprehensive strategy that combines military action with diplomatic efforts.
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