Language war

The latest battle in the Middle East language war is over how to describe the killing of Palestinian leaders by the Israeli army. Israel prefers the term “targeted killings” to describe the deaths of 40 Palestinians who have been killed in their cars, homes and offices. Most members of the international media and some within Israel refer to the killings as “assassinations,” although Robert Fisk, in the London-based Independent newspaper, reports that “in a major surrender to Israeli diplomatic pressure, BBC officials in London have banned their staff in Britain and the Middle East from referring to Israel’s policy . . . as ‘assassinations.’”


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