The New York Times has apologized for the way it covered the stabbing of Israeli soldier Eden Atias last week, showing more sympathy for the mother of the Palestinian murderer than for the victim and his family.
In response to hundreds of letters of complaint, Times public editor Margaret Sullivan admitted it was a “poor choice” to print an “emotional and sympathetic” picture of a Palestinian mother at the head of an article about the killing of a 19-year-old Israeli soldier.
At the top of the article was a large picture of the terrorist’s mother, Silwa Gawadreh, surrounded by family members and photographs of her son. In the print edition of the paper, a picture of the bus where the attack occurred was placed under that of Gawadreh. Online, the bus appears small on one side, and Gawadreh’s photo dominates the top of the page. No pictures of Atias or his family appeared.
Foreign editor Joseph Kahn said that while the Times tries to represent the Israeli-Palestinian conflict accurately and fairly, “we don’t always get it right.”