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BBC notes two British-Israeli sisters were ‘shot,’ omits identifying terrorist attack

Screenshot of BBC article about terror attack in which two British-Israeli sisters were killed

In its report about the British-Israeli sisters, Maia and Rina Dee, who were killed in a terror attack in the Jordan Valley on Friday, the BBC omitted any indication of a terror attack, citing “soaring Israeli-Palestinian tensions and violence.”

The BBC report stated that the sisters were “killed in a shooting in the occupied West Bank” and referred to “suspected Palestinian gunmen” but did not detail the attack in any way to indicate it was an act of terrorism. 

The BBC report only stated that “the car carrying the two sisters and their mother crashed after coming under fire,” and attributed a report to Israeli media that “they were then fired on again at close range.” The report also noted the discovery of 22 bullet casings, “apparently from a Kalashnikov assault rifle.” 

Lucy “Lea” Dee, the sisters’ mother, remains in a coma after surgery at Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem, having been critically wounded in the same attack. 

Local Jewish community leaders in the United Kingdom criticized the British government for what they called a “weak” statement about the sisters’ murder, saying it displayed a “double standard.”   

“The response would be different if this happened elsewhere in the world. There is a double standard for British people killed in Israel,” one member of the Jewish community told Israel’s Ynet news, saying he found it shocking that the statement did not mention that the shooting had been a terrorist attack. 

The two sisters, aged 15 and 20, were buried in the Kfar Etzion cemetery on Sunday, with the funeral procession beginning in Efrat, where the family lived.

The All Israel News Staff is a team of journalists in Israel.

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