“Palestinian shot dead after fatal stabbing in Jerusalem; 2 Israeli victims also killed,” read the tweet, which was posted after the attack in which Rabbi Nechemia Lavi and Reb Aharon Banita were murdered.
On Sunday, the network posted an apology over the tweet, which it noted had “been widely criticized” and added it had been written “under the pressure of breaking news.”
“Many people in our audience have pointed out that the tweet appears to minimize the killings of the Israeli victims and leaves out the context that the Palestinian man was their attacker,” said the statement. “This criticism is valid and we regret the wording of a tweet written under the pressure of breaking news. The story on the site was briefly headlined with similar wording, which we amended in an update,” it continued.
“Al Jazeera depends on accurate reporting and strives to promptly correct all errors of fact and misjudgments in tone,” the network stressed. “We are committed to accountability and transparency and are grateful for this feedback. We encourage our audience and others to identify and report our mistakes,” the statement concluded.
The BBC had its own eyebrow-raising headline on the attack, which read, “Palestinian shot dead after Jerusalem attack kills two.” The channel later changed its headline to the more accurate “Jerusalem: Palestinian kills two Israelis in Old City.”