Following a request from HonestReporting, The Independent has corrected the inaccurate paragraph and added the missing information, which now reads:
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The Independent covers an interview given to a Palestinian newspaper by Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman where he threatens to “completely destroy” Hamas if it starts another war with Israel.
According to the Independent:
While Hamas did win local elections in 2006, the terror organization only took over the Gaza Strip in 2007 as a result of a violent coup d’etat, which involved throwing Fatah members off rooftops and ejecting the Palestinian Authority from Gaza.
Instead, The Independent’s readers are given the false impression that Hamas controls the Gaza Strip by way of the ballot box rather than the bullet. Ergo, Lieberman could be seen to be threatening a democratically elected regime in Gaza, which is certainly not the case.
We’ve contacted The Independent and asked for this lack of context and selective omission to be addressed. Watch this space.