Headline Fail: Terrorists as “Political Prisoners”

Reporting on the likely release of Palestinian prisoners held by Israel as part of moves to revive peace talks, The Independent publishes this headline:


In the article, The Independent states that most of the prisoners are serving sentences for “violent offences.”

So what makes these “political prisoners?” This is a term commonly used to describe those who are jailed by repressive, non-democratic regimes as prisoners of conscience or political opponents.

It does not usually refer to prisoners who have carried out acts of terror or violent criminal acts.

Unless The Independent believes that it is a legitimate form of political protest for Palestinians to murder Israeli women and children.

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