Poor Headline of the DayJuly 19, 2011 8:04 by Simon Plosker
Take a look at these two headlines from two UK newspapers:
The same story but two very different meanings. The first is from the Daily Telegraph and correctly refers to the suspension of Arab-Israeli MK Haneen Zoabi for her participation in last year’s Gaza flotilla when she was a passenger on board the Mavi Marmara.
The second headline from The Independent, however, implies that Zoabi was suspended merely for expressing opposition to Israel’s blockade of Gaza. Of course, as an MK and an Israeli citizen, Zoabi has the right to oppose any Israeli government policy, which she does in the Knesset on a regular basis.
Zoabi was suspended for breaking Israeli law and actively participating in an attempt to illegally run a naval blockade, in turn endangering Israeli soldiers.
So why then does The Independent inaccurately present this as an Israeli move to shut down democratic freedom of speech?